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Coyotes – including big ones – creeping into towns

London, Ohio – Madison County resident Daltonn Knapp trapped a 74-pound male coyote during the last week of December. The size of the animal was remarkable – as was the fact that Knapp took it within the city limits of London. State wildlife biologist Gary Ludwig, of the ODNR’s central district office, said the average eastern coyote weighs about 35…

Ohio Division of Watercraft sailing into social media

The Ohio Division of Watercraft is making waves on Twitter @ohioWatercraft  – tacking toward social-media technology such as Twitter, Facebook and You Tube to interact with Ohio water enthusiasts.”We are excited to provide real-time information to Ohio boaters at their convenience,” said Pamela Dillon, chief of the Division of Watercraft, in a news release. “Facebook represents a new and fast way for…

What do you think of deer baiting?

Jeff, my former co-worker, harvested a dandy 10-point buck in early December in Champaign County during the “second rut.” He estimated the buck to be about 4 years old.Jeff readily admitted to hauling a bushel of apples to the kill site as part of an effort to lure in whitetails. After about four hours, the apples worked on a doe…

Our Roller Coaster Deer Season

Columbus – Hunters took 17,108 deer during Ohio’s four-day muzzleloader season, Jan. 8-11, with Tuscarawas County again leading the state with 914 deer checked.In 2010, a preliminary total of 24,078 deer was taken during muzzleloader season, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife.Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the muzzleloader season included: Tuscarawas-914, Harrison-761, Licking-671, Guernsey-665, Washington-527,…

Let’s Quit Letting Natural Resources Crumble

The new year this time around brings a new political administration in Columbus, and it is an opportune time to talk about the 600-pound gorilla in the living room – how to fund the Ohio DNR. This subject seems dry as a corncob left too long in the sun, but it inevitably is tied to your hunting fishing, camping, hiking,…

Fishing-Related Violations Headed in the Right Direction

In spite of an economy still chained to hard times, improvement is being seen in the number of fishing-related arrests. And while the statistics provided by the DNR Division of Wildlife do not discriminate between the various violation possibilities, the agency’s law enforcement administrator says most of the tickets issued are for failure to buy and show a necessary fishing…

The Loneliness of the Late-Season Deer Hunter

A person either has to love archery hunting or else is in desperate need to finish filling the freezer to brave the cold, snow, and spooky deer typically encountered during what’s called “the late season.” Either that or else the archer may express concern about going into withdrawal if he isn’t shivering atop a deer ladder stand.Statistics compiled by Mike…

Time to Rethink the Rules for Ohio Gun Deer Hunters

PCRs – pistol-cartridge rifles – are not P.C., politically correct, in Ohio for deer-gun season and it is time to rethink that.In fact, the time is past due to revisit the entire issue of what arms are legal for deer here, given the tremendous changes in arms and ammunition in recent years. What we have now is an aging set…

Kill increases during bonus gun weekend

Columbus – Hunters killed 21,064 deer on Dec. 18-19, during the extra weekend of gun hunting, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife.The extra weekend of gun hunting was first offered in 2006 in response to hunters’ request for additional weekend days to pursue white-tailed deer, the state’s No. 1 big game animal. In 2009, hunters took 19,900 deer during…

Strickland sounds alarm on Asian carp

Port Clinton, Ohio – The threat to the Great Lakes posed by the pending invasion of Asian carp at Lake Michigan could become a disaster that surpasses even that being caused to the Gulf Coast by the BP oil spill, Gov. Ted Strickland asserted.The governor, who was walleye fishing on western Lake Erie in the 31st annual Lake Erie Governor’s…

Study: Power plant costs region $30 million annually in fish

Oregon, Ohio – Sport and commercial anglers, boaters, local residents, and citizen groups released an economic study that calculates the FirstEnergy Bay Shore coal plant costs Ohio $29.7 million every year in economic damage by destroying fish populations that would otherwise be used by Ohioans for recreation or commercial sale. The conservative $29.7 million estimate was for damage to fish…

Charges dismissed against DNR officer

Georgetown, Ohio – Brown County wildlife officer Allan Wright returned to work May 24 after criminal charges involving the DNR employee were dismissed by a special prosecutor. Wright was indicted April 2 along with five other DNR Division of Wildlife employees as the result of an investigation by the watchdog unit of the Ohio Inspector General. The IG investigation involved…

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…