Ohio – Mike Moore

All Vermilion River sessions canceled

Vermilion – All public information sessions regarding the scenic river designation for the Vermilion River have been canceled. Because of opposition to the proposal, the DNR last month withdrew its plan to designate part of the river as scenic. At issue were concerns over private property rights if the river was designated as scenic. Categories: Ohio – Mike Moore

Ohio opens first collegiate Quail Forever chapter

Nelsonville, Ohio – Undergraduate students from Ohio’s Hocking College have formed the first collegiate Quail Forever chapter in the nation. Known as the Hocking Valley Quail Forever chapter, the group will provide future land stewards with conservation experience through planning, fundraising and hands-on wildlife habitat project work. “People should know that Hocking Valley Quail Forever is not your typical Quail…

Three get jail time for shooting at Ohio officers’ vehicle

Urbana, Ohio – Three people were convicted and sentenced in Champaign County Common Pleas Court for charges related to the shooting of a state wildlife officer’s vehicle last October, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. Jesse W. Coffey, Todd M. Noel and Jacob Shepherd pleaded guilty to a total of 24 misdemeanor charges and four felonies on March 8,…

More than 116,750 pounds of venison donated in Ohio

DNR Report Columbus – Ohio deer hunters have donated more than 116,750 pounds of venison to local food banks through the 2009-10 deer hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the DNR Division of Wildlife. The 116,750 pounds of venison equals approximately 467,000 meals for Ohioans in need. Last year, FHFH collected 54,800 pounds of…

Top Ohio wildlife officials indicted

Georgetown, Ohio – The chief of the DNR Division of Wildlife, an assistant chief and four other DOW officials were placed on paid administrative leave after being indicted on felony charges. Five employees are accused of failure to pursue a criminal investigation of a wildlife officer charged with assisting a South Carolina wildlife officer to purchase a $19 Ohio resident…

Father, son guilty in Ohio poaching case

DNR Report Hillsboro, Ohio – Two men received restitution costs and fines in Hillsboro Municipal Court for wildlife violations, including taking deer in a closed season and providing false information to a check station, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. During the 2009 archery season, Highland County Wildlife Officer James Carnes received information from a landowner on possible deer…

New list of fish consumption advisories noted

Columbus, Ohio – In the 2010 fish consumption advisory, Ohio has relaxed the consumption advisories for five locations, added more strict limits in five waterways, and updated advisories for eight additional waterways for a total of 18 changes. The state has developed the fish consumption advisory updates for the 2010 fishing season based on detection levels found in samples taken…

NWTF now in all Ohio counties

Antwerp, Ohio — History will be made April 10 in Antwerp when the National Wild Turkey Federation’s newest Ohio chapter, the Flat Rock Limbhangers, hosts its first fundraising banquet. Once Paulding County’s outdoor enthusiasts gather for the banquet, every county in Ohio will have an NWTF chapter that supports conservation and our hunting heritage. “This will be a great moment…

New crappie limits now in effect

DNR Report Columbus – With spring just around the corner, crappie anglers are reminded that new size and bag limits went into effect on March 1, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. A total of 38 lakes were added to the six lakes that already had a 9-inch minimum size limit on crappies. A bag limit of 30 for…

261,314 sets new deer kill record

Columbus – A total of 261,314 deer were killed during Ohio’s 2009-10 hunting season, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. This season’s total surpasses the 2008-09 record total of 252,017. “Ohio deer hunters had another great year and continue to play a vital role in managing Ohio’s deer herd,”said David M. Graham, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “They’ve…

Six convicted in deer poaching probe

DNR Report Findlay, Ohio – A two-year investigation of an illegal deer processing operation came to a conclusion with the recent sentencing of the last of the defendants, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. A search warrant was served at the residence of Landall Hinchcliff, 46, of Grover Hill, on Feb. 22. Untagged deer antlers, over 100 pounds of…

15-inch minimum proposed for inland walleyes, saugeyes

Columbus – The Ohio Wildlife Council is considering a proposal for a 15-inch minimum size limit on walleye, sauger, and saugeye on 16 inland waterways in 2011, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. The 16 lakes or reservoirs that are being proposed include Acton (Butler and Preble counties), Alum Creek (Delaware County), Atwood (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties), Buckeye (Fairfield,…

Governor sends letter on Asian carp

Columbus, Ohio – While he didn’t make it to the White House along with other Great Lakes governors, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher today sent the following letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to press the need for a coordinated response to the Asian carp threat on Lake Erie. Also today, Lt. Governor…

Eight charged in alleged poaching ring

Jackson, Ohio – A total of eight individuals have been issued 114 summonses for wildlife crimes following a two month investigation into an alleged local poaching ring.  The suspects are accused of poaching deer and wild turkey in Jackson and Gallia counties, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. Wildlife officials were assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the…

Doe permits could be sold as stand-alone

Columbus – A proposal to eliminate the requirement that hunters must purchase a regular deer permit before purchasing antlerless deer permits is being considered by the Ohio Wildlife Council. Under the proposal, hunters could again buy antlerless deer permits at reduced prices for hunting in an urban zone, participating in a Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunt, or hunting during the…

36 charged in ginseng takedown

Columbus – Thirty-six people are facing a total of 61 criminal charges related to the illegal harvesting and sale of ginseng, following a two-year undercover investigation by the DNR Division of Wildlife. Ron Ollis, who oversees the division’s special operations section, said wildlife officers conducted a multi-county take down on Aug. 26-27, less than five days before Ohio’s legal ginseng…

Groups oppose federal nomination

Columbus –  Fifteen of the nation’s leading conservation and sportsmen organizations sent a letter to all U.S. Senators requesting they oppose the nomination of Cass R. Sunstein to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). In the letter, the organizations express deep reservations about Sunstein’s views on animal rights and hunting.  Sunstein has been quoted as saying, “we…

Coast Guard recommends captains’ licenses be revoked

Cleveland – The U.S. Coast Guard has recommended that licenses of two tug captains be suspended or revoked as the result of a 13-month investigation into whether their integrated tug and barge collided with a recreational boat in 2007,  killing three Ohio fishermen on Lake Erie. The recommendation, under review by Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., was based on…

Seven years to pass a bill?

WE RAN A STORY a couple of issues back that deserves more perspective. Contributing Writer Thomas W. Sheehan in the July 17 issue wrote about the process to name the state animal. It is an interesting read from a talented writer, but the thing that struck me was one small detail: The process has taken seven years! To read more…

Crappies and minimum keeper regs

Columbus – A minimum keeper length requirement for crappies in six Ohio lakes has been so successful that the program could be expanded six-fold by next year. A proposal on the table now could add 38 new lakes to the list where crappies have to be at least 9 inches for anglers to keep them.  The proposal would also include…

Licensing and Social Security numbers

A few readers have expressed their disappointment at having to provide their Social Security number in 2011 when the Division of Wildlife institutes a new licensing system. If you don’t remember, the division plans to go online with a new licensing system in two years with the intention of streamlining the game checking and licensing process. Included in this plan…

Apply now for Ohio’s controlled hunts

Hunters wanting to participate in Ohio’s fall controlled deer and waterfowl hunts have until July 31 to submit permit applications for a random drawing. Hunters can save time and money by submitting their applications online at wildohio.com. The online application fee is $3 per hunt. Mail-in applications are $5 per hunt. Application fees are non-refundable. Since the online application process…

Bobwhite quail in Ohio? ….

Delaware, Ohio –   Fishing with a friend of mine on a recent weekend afternoon, we heard the distinct call of not one but several bobwhite quail. It was fascinating because it’s been a long time since I’ve heard the call of quail in the wild. We were fishing on Delaware Lake in Delaware County not far from a wildlife area….

Elk in Ohio? ….

Columbus –  Rumors of an elk repopulation at Shawnee State Forest are just that – rumor. While our bretheren to the south have rebuilt its elk population  to a sizable herd, don’t look for the species to return to Ohio anytime soon. Kentucky’s elk repopulation program has been well chroniciled for its success over the past decade.  The Bluegrass State’s …

A bit ahead of myself …

I got a bit ahead of myself in the April 10 issue of Ohio Outdoor News, writing in my column about recently retired waterfowl biologist Mark Shieldcastle. Shieldcastle is known to many Ohioans as he has been the front man for the DNR Division of Wildlife’s bald eagle restoration program over the past decade and a half. In my column,…

Let’s Stop and Think a Minute …

Why don’t we just legislate when the sun comes up? I’m writing in reference to a story you’ll read in the March 27 issue of Ohio Outdoor News regarding a plan to implement a safe ice warning system on Lake Erie. It seems that a state representative from Sandusky, Dennis Murray, thinks there ought to be legislation that would put…