In probably the most notable proposal to the Ohio Wildlife Council, when the total allowable catch exceeds 3 million fish, the bag would go from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River.
Ohio DNR Reports
Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8. That’s up from 13,268 the previous year.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s results from the 2018 survey indicate that young-of-the-year walleye catch rates were the highest recorded in the past 20 years of the central basin trawl survey.
Ohio’s hunters checked 9,625 white-tailed deer; last year, the harvest was 14,115.
Amid challenging weather, hunters in Ohio checked 60,557 white-tailed deer during the 2018 weeklong deer-gun season. Last year, hunters checked 72,814 deer over the same period.
This year’s first day sees 13,614 deer harvested, compared to 22,366 last year.
Data: 90 percent of Ohioans walk or hike a trail a few times a year and approximately a third walk or hike a trail monthly.
(Windigo Images)COLUMBUS, Ohio — Approximately 1,600 acres of quality deer hunting land will be available to archers as part of controlled hunts at Buck Creek, Caesar Creek, Deer Creek, Findley, Malabar Farm and Maumee Bay state parks, according to the Ohio DNR. Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting. Deer harvested in these controlled…
The 2018 walleye hatch appears to be exceptional, the second highest in the history of the Ohio survey, and the yellow perch hatch was strong, well above its long-term average.
The newly-established Disease Surveillance Area includes the areas within a 6-mile radius from the CWD positive samples.
Removing crappie bag and slot limits on specific lakes also proposed, also to provide more opportunities for anglers.
Part of continuing efforts to remove invasive grass carp, assess grass carp capture techniques and increase information on grass carp populations in the two rivers.
That’s up more than 1,500 birds from last year.
White-tailed deer hunting changes include modifications to antlerless harvest on public land following the weeklong deer gun season.
Ohio hunters checked 10,415 wild turkeys during the first week of the wild turkey hunting season, up from 10,293 in 2017.
(Photo by Bob Drieslein)Ohio hunters in the south zone checked 3,315 wild turkeys on the first day of the spring wild turkey hunting season April 23, up from 3,127 on the opening day in 2017, the DNR said in a news release. Ohio’s spring wild turkey season is divided into two zones: a south zone, which is open from Monday, April…
Total of 1,860 birds down just slightly from last year.
Currently, the walleye daily bag limit is four. But as a result of the 2018 quota allocation, the daily bag limit will be six walleye from May 1 through Feb. 28, 2019, with a minimum size limit of 15 inches.
According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists, minor fish kills do not significantly impact fish populations or sport fishing opportunities in lakes and reservoirs. Fish kills are fairly common in Ohio, particularly right after ice-out, from late April through mid-June, and during prolonged periods of hot summer weather.
(Photo by Bill Diers)COLUMBUS — The Ohio Wildlife Council heard proposals for Ohio’s 2018-2019 white-tailed deer hunting season dates and bag limits at Wednesday’s meeting, according to the Ohio DNR. The proposed season dates are nearly identical to previous seasons. The proposed deer hunting seasons for 2018-2019: Deer archery: Sept. 29, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019. Youth deer gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018….
That’s up slightly from the previous year, when 182,169 deer were checked.
Akron, Ohio — As winter began drifting into the Ohio Valley, people were pulling on parkas, adding extra blankets to their beds, and building cozy fires to keep away the cold. But what about wildlife? How do they survive the cold months of winter? Over time, wildlife have adapted and learned to cope with the climatic changes they face in…
COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than $240,000 from Ohio’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 10 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio DNR. Individual grant awards provided through the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft’s Boating Safety Education grant program range from $8,875 to $30,000. The grants are funded by Ohio’s recreational boaters through the…
The positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Guernsey County and tested as part of Ohio’s CWD monitoring program for captive white-tailed deer operations; no cases found in wild deer population.
(Photo by Bob Drieslein)COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2018-2019 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons and the trapping seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 10, according to the Ohio DNR. The hunting season date proposals prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife maintain many traditional opening dates. Proposals concerning Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunting seasons will be…
Muzzleloader hunters checked 13,268 white-tailed deer this year, down from last year’s total of 15,843.