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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…

Poor Steve Pollick

Poor Steve Pollick. He can’t seem to catch a break from the column he wrote back in January, suggesting the DNR Division of Wildlife scale back on the youth seasons a bit. In case you missed it, our intrepid columnist, a veteran of more than 30 years in the business, offered the suggestion that maybe it’s time to recognize that…

Stories we’re chasing this Friday morning

Man, I’m telling you, the outdoor stories affecting Ohio are coming fast and furious as we approach the deadline for the March 27 edition of Ohio Outdoor News. On this bountiful Friday morning in my office as well as several others across the state, we’re chasing new leads. One involves a Supreme Court case that upholds a wildlife officer’s right…