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Turkey take may top 20,000

By Mike Moore Editor Athens, Ohio — A mild winter and a bountiful mast crop last fall is good news for Ohio turkey hunters this spring. But those same elements are not so good for researchers from three states -…

Pheasant season could be extended a week this year

Staff Report Ashley, Ohio — Although official numbers won’t be in until April, a DNR Division of Wildlife biologist said there were likely about 200,000 pheasants harvested during the recently completed season. And there may be another week of pheasant…

CSI Ohio: Deer DNA helps bust poachers

By Frank Hinchey Contributing Writer DNA evidence is a tool commonly used in today’s modern law enforcement community to help solve murders and other violent crimes. But, forensic science is not exclusive to the human world. The DNR Division of…

Deer harvest No. 2 in record book

By Mike Moore Editor Columbus — While the shotgun and muzzleloader harvest for whitetails dipped a bit during the 2005-2006 hunting season, a productive youth hunt and archery kill pushed the overall numbers into near record territory. The all-seasons bag…

Ithaca Gun making a comeback - in Ohio

By Steve Piatt Contributing Writer Upper Sandusky, Ohio — Ithaca Gun, the legendary company that closed its doors last year after more than 120 years in business, has been resurrected by two Ohio businessmen. Craig and Floyd Marshall late last…

Early spring steelhead on many North Coast radars

Ohio’s Lake Erie tributary rivers and streams offer some of the best steelhead fishing in the United States, and one of the best times to take advantage of this opportunity is now, according to David Kelch, extension specialist with the…

Warm to bitterly cold trend produces poor results

An old Ohio saying goes something like this: “If you don’t like the weather, stick around for about an hour.” It proved true once again through the month of February with wildly fluctuating temperatures that rose into the 60s in…

Fed budget bill tips cap to conservation

By Tim Spielman Contributing Writer Washington — While a final 2007 federal budget likely is months away, conservation groups are, for the most part, happy with how things are starting out. Others say national parks and refuges, in some cases,…

A muskie fishing outlook for 2006

Ohio committed to muskie anglers’ unique pursuit By Greg Keefer Contributing Writer Columbus — Muskie fishing is improving in the Buckeye state, largely as a result of the efforts of the DNR Division of Wildlife. Not only are the numbers…

Following the trend, license sales down

By Greg Keefer Contributing Writer Columbus — The trend is downward for the number of Ohio angler and hunter license sold over much of the past decade, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. The number of hunters and fishermen…

Archery kill boosts deer season totals

Staff Report Columbus — The final harvest numbers coming in from Ohio’s deer archery season will likely make this another near record breaking year although harvests were down in both the muzzleloader and deer gun season. Bowhunting season ended Jan.…

Banquets/Fundraisers

Feb. 4: League of Ohio Sportsmen Annual Waterfowl Symposium, 9-12 noon, Our Guest Inn, Port Clinton. For more info, call 614-224-8970 or email secretary@leagueofohiosportsmen.org Feb. 4: Zanesville NWTF Banquet. For more info call Chuck Holman, 740-522-0118. Feb. 11: RGS Ohio…

Killdeer reservoir drawn down nearly 50 percent

By Greg Keefer Contributing Writer Upper Sandusky, Ohio — The water level in the 255-acre above-ground reservoir in the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area near Upper Sandusky has been drawn down by the DNR due to what Division of Water spokesman…

Proposal would make it illegal to ‘eBay’ permits

By Frank Hinchey Contributing Writer Columbus — The Ohio Division of Wildlife will propose new rules this year to discourage profiteering from resale of highly prized permits for the division’s annual controlled hunts. Each year, the wildlife division conducts controlled…