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Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 13, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • State wildlife officers are often called upon by local law enforcement because of their specialized training and equipment, especially if there is an incident that involves locating a suspect in the outdoors. During the 2017 statewide deer gun weekend, state wildlife officer Jeff Tipton, assigned to Champaign County, and natural resources officer Chris…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 30, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • In January, state wildlife officer John Coffman, assigned to Fayette County, heard gunshots coming from a private quarry. The quarry is leased for waterfowl hunting, and at the time the quarry was one of only three areas of open water in the county. The shots continued as the end of legal shooting time…

Awarded officer went out of his way to make things good

Jeremy Payne, FOP Lodge 143 President, congratulates Investigator Bury on receipt of his award. (ODNR Division of Wildlife) Sometimes, it’s personal. So I am especially pleased that Ohio Wildlife Investigator Brian Bury, assigned to the Lake Erie Unit, has been name Wildlife Officer of the Year by Wildlife Officer Lodge 143, of the Fraternal Order of Police of the State…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 16, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • Following the deer gun season, state wildlife officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, was assisting state wildlife officer Patrick Muldovan, assigned to Licking County, with follow-up investigations. Officer Teders discovered an abnormal tagging history for a hunter from Pennsylvania. During the investigation, it was determined that the hunter was leasing property during…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 2, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • While reviewing reporting information in the deer harvest database, state wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, looked for errors and discrepancies that could potentially be violations. The most common issue officer Zerkle encountered was individuals checking in their deer after noon the day following the harvest. Officer Zerkle contacted many of…

In Ohio, with spring comes fish-kill possibilities

According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists, minor fish kills do not significantly impact fish populations or sport fishing opportunities in lakes and reservoirs. Fish kills are fairly common in Ohio, particularly right after ice-out, from late April through mid-June, and during prolonged periods of hot summer weather.

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 16, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • One night at Indian Lake, state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, was conducting nighttime sport-fishing enforcement and observed an angler fishing under a light. When he checked the angler for a fishing license, the man stated that he did not have his fishing license with him but provided officer Smith…

Ohio boating safety eduction gets a boost

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than $240,000 from Ohio’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 10 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio DNR. Individual grant awards provided through the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft’s Boating Safety Education grant program range from $8,875 to $30,000. The grants are funded by Ohio’s recreational boaters through the…

Proposals to trapping and small game, migratory bird hunting seasons include minimal changes

(Photo by Bob Drieslein)COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2018-2019 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons and the trapping seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 10, according to the Ohio DNR. The hunting season date proposals prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife maintain many traditional opening dates. Proposals concerning Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunting seasons will be…

Ohio bans sale of dozens of invasive plants under new rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has banned the sale of more than three dozen invasive plant species under new rules that took effect Sunday. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state now prohibits the sale of destructive species including certain types of honeysuckles, autumn olive shrubs and Bradford pear trees. Officials say the plants can spread aggressively and choke out others…