Jane Beathard

Sales looking up for U.S. boating industry

There are signs the U.S. economy is improving as retail sales for recreational boats and accessories increased by 6 percent in 2011,according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The recreational boating industry has not seen an increase in retail sales…

Youth bassers finish near the top

Five members of the Cincinnati Youth Bass Club finished among the top anglers in the Ohio Bass Federation Nation tournament, held May 6 at Indian Lake in Logan County, according to club advisor Angela Poling. In the younger division, Nicholas…

Clark County fire results in fish kill

Springfield, Ohio – The Clark County oil company that was the scene of a devastating fire on April 19 may soon be hit with a civil lawsuit for a fish kill resulting from the blaze. Joel Buddelmeyer, acting law enforcement…

No change in bag limit enforcement on charters

I was glad to hear this week that the Ohio DNR is not changing the way it counts the daily catch of customers on Lake Erie's charter fishing boats. I was concerned about a newspaper article that said several customers…

Ohio fishing license sales soaring

An abundance of warm spring days sent Ohio fishing license sales soaring this year, according to the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife. “An unusually warm spring is drawing increased numbers of anglers to Ohio’s streams and lakes,” said Vicki Ervin, the division’s communication…

New statewide trail link completed

Galloway, Ohio – Officials from Madison and Franklin counties gathered on the banks of Big Darby Creek on March 21 to dedicate the final link in the southern portion of the Ohio to Erie Trail. That link, dubbed phase one…

Special hunt procedure to be reviewed

A rule change to allow bona-fide, non-profit outdoor organizations conduct special hunts for young and handicapped hunters is pending before the Ohio General Assembly's Joint Committee for Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Ken Fitz, acting administrator of law enforcement for the…

Ohio to Erie trail complete

The final link of the Ohio to Erie Trail through Madison County to Franklin County is now complete, allowing cyclists and other users to now travel unhindered from Cincinnati to Columbus' west side. Wayne Roberts, executive director of the Friends…

Cincinnati youth bass club honored

Cincinnati, Ohio - The Cincinnati Youth Bass Club (CYBC) was recently named the Outstanding Overall Junior Chapter for 2011 by the Ohio Bass Federation, according to advisor Angela Poling. The club also placed second in the area of community service.…

Burr Oak state lodge closes

Glouster, Ohio - Burr Oak State Park Lodge in Morgan County closed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, but the Ohio DNR remains committed to both the park and facility, according to agency spokesperson Bethany McCorkle. The DNR is currently formulating plans…

Purchased trout eggs prove to be right recipe

London, Ohio - Purchasing rainbow trout eggs from a commercial hatchery in Washington state is providing positive results for the Ohio DNR, according to Doug Sweet, superintendent of the London State Fish Hatchery. Nearly 100 percent of the 50,000 rainbow…

District 1 investigator earns award

Kandy Klosterman, an investigator with the Ohio DNR's District One wildlife office, was recently named Ohio Wildlife Officer Of The Year for 2010 by Safari Club International (SCI). SCI's Tony Gioffre presented Klosterman with her award at the Jan. 4…

Six guilty of hunting with aid of motor vehicle

Six central Ohio men who used two all-terrain vehicles to drive deer during a Dec. 2 hunt in southern Madison County paid the price in the county's municipal court on Dec. 14. It's illegal in Ohio to hunt with the…

Deer, hunters, thriving in Franklin County park

Whitetails are thriving in and around the last remaining public hunting grounds in Franklin County, as a result of a management strategy that encourages both archers and gun hunters, according to John Watts, resource manager for the county's metro park…

Man forfeits $1,300 in hunting gear

London, Ohio - A Columbus man forfeited $1,300 in archery gear and lost hunting privileges for a year after pleading guilty on Monday, Dec. 5, to multiple state wildlife violations, stemming from a Nov. 12 incident on land owned by…

Programs increase awareness on Darby system

Two events last week on central Ohio's Darby creek system will increase public access to these state and national scenic rivers. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and a battery of local officials broke ground for a…

Land, Water Conservation Fund in trouble

A struggle is shaping up in Washington over a little-known federal program that significantly improves outdoor recreational opportunities in Ohio and elsewhere in the country.A handful of Congressional Republicans, mostly from western states, are proposing drastic cuts to the 46-year-old…

Fall a busy time for Ohio's skunks

Fall is not all football and foliage. It's also a busy time for Ohio's striped skunks. That distinct whiff in the early morning air is evidence that skunks have been out and about while everyone else was sleeping. Suzie Prange,…

Trappers and fur dealers come indoors to raise money

More than 1,500 trappers, fur dealers and outfitters attended the annual Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) convention on Sept. 9-11 at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London. Saturday night's benefit auction featured 175 donated items, including a handmade log bench…

Clarifying Separate Pots of Marine Money

There were more than a few distortions about the state budget and water quality testing in Ohio's inland lakes in a story published on Sunday, Aug. 14 in The (Columbus) Dispatch. The story implies the state is short changing testing…

Big turnout for Family Fun Day

Eighty-eight children, as well as their friends and family, attended the first-ever Family Fun Day at Madison Lake State Park near London on Saturday, Aug. 6. The event, held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park beach, was…

Young Cincinnati bass anglers headed to state tourney

Eight members of the Cincinnati Youth Bass Club will advance to the 2011 Bass Federation State Tournament for Ohio Youth, based on total points they accrued during this year's fishing season. Central Ohio's O'Shaughnessy Reservoir will host the statewide tournament…

Waters Recede and Deer Creek Marina Finally Open

The marina at Deer Creek State Park is finally open, after a soggy spring that kept the business under water well beyond the start of Ohio's boating season. The marina is located at 21001 State Route 207 on the park's…

Countin' Fish on a Ladder

You've heard of shooting fish in a barrel? I met a man last week in the Pacific Northwest who counts fish on a ladder. No joke. Ron Mcpeak of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife spends his workday in…

About This Blog

Beathard

Jane Beathard is the retired media relations manager of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Prior to joining ODNR, she was a public information specialist for the Ohio Department of Health. Prior to joining the state, she was a reporter for The Madison Press in London for nine years. She has written for Ohio Outdoor News since 2008.

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