Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 10, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officers from central Ohio, including Chad Grote, Jade Heizer, and Brian Motsinger, along with outdoor skills specialist Jordan Phillips, recently attended ODNR Night at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers, a minor league baseball team. Ohio Division of Wildlife staff helped teach kids how to shoot archery at…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 27, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, was off duty and pumping gas when he observed a truck pulling a trailer that was missing a wheel and dragging on the axle. Officer Zerkle followed the drag marks of the trailer to see how far the driver had gone. After…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 13, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In May, state wildlife officer Antoinette Jolliff, assigned to Licking County, received a call from the Heath Police Department stating that a woman was having issues with an unknown bird in her garage. Officer Jolliff contacted the woman and learned that a mourning dove had built a nest on top of…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 30, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officers Chad Grote and Antoinette Jolliff, assigned to Marion and Licking counties respectively, observed two men fishing at Delaware Wildlife Area while working a litter enforcement project. One of the men picked up a can and tossed it to the side. The officers then observed the man pack up…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 16, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In June, state wildlife officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, received a call about a possible injured peregrine falcon in downtown Columbus. Falcons have nested in the area for several years, and this year’s young birds recently fledged. This pair is popular and well-known by the Columbus downtown community. Three…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 2, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  During the 2020 white-tailed deer archery hunting season, state wildlife officer Maurice Irish, assigned to Delaware County, received a TIP call through the 1-800-POACHER (1-800-762-2437) line regarding a man who reportedly hunted deer without a valid hunting license or deer permit. It was provided that the man had killed a deer,…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 18, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In April, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, received a call from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. A concerned citizen reported an injured bald eagle on the property that appeared to have trouble flying. Officer Grote and state wildlife officer Maurice Irish, assigned to Delaware County, responded and…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 4, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In May, state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, received a call from a Champaign County resident about a fawn white-tailed deer in a road ditch standing in the rain. While the resident waited for officer Smith, he used an umbrella to keep the fawn from moving toward the…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 21, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, has replied to many phone calls during the spring as a variety of wildlife species become more active. Most calls are handled by educating home and property owners of how they may handle nuisance wildlife, or by providing resource contacts for wildlife…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 7, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In March, state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, received a call from a concerned citizen about a dead white-tailed deer in the bed of a truck. The caller was not sure if the deer was possessed legally. Officer Smith went to the location and learned that the deer…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 23, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In January, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, was contacted by the Delaware Wildlife Area Shooting Range because someone had found a firearm that was left behind by a range user. Officer Grote tracked down the owner on the phone. The person had not shot the gun, but…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 9, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officers annually collect road-killed deer for testing. State wildlife officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, noticed that the antlers from the road-killed deer could go to a good use instead of being thrown away. The Ohio Division of Wildlife is always looking for ways to benefit wildlife, people,…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 26, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In late winter, state wildlife officer John Coffman, assigned to Fayette County, was called about a heavy skunk odor in a homeowner’s crawl space. Officer Coffman arrived at the location and discovered a skunk under the home. Unfortunately, the skunk was trapped and died under the home. Officer Coffman was able…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 12, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, received a call from the London Correctional Facility about a hawk that was stuck in their building. Officer Teders responded and located a Cooper’s hawk in an atrium between the yard and the housing units. Officer Teders was able to safely capture…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 26, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In January, state wildlife officer Brian Motsinger, assigned to Union County, participated in the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s annual river otter survey. This is a valuable tool for tracking river otter populations, and the survey is conducted statewide during the winter with wildlife management staff, wildlife officers, and other conservation professionals….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 12, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, conducted an investigation during the deer-gun week that revealed two individuals had harvested deer without completing the tagging process. They were each issued a summons for failing to permanently tag their deer by noon the day following the harvest. Both subjects paid…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 29, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  While on patrol during the white-tailed deer gun-hunting season, state wildlife officer Chad Grote noticed two loose horses running away from their owners in Union County near the Marion County line. State wildlife officer Brian Motsinger and state wildlife investigator Justus Nethero were close by and were called in to assist….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 15, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officers Chris Dodge, assigned to Hocking County, and Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, met with officials from a local community to discuss deer management. This community is largely wooded, and the residents are having issues with an overpopulation of deer. The officers spoke for about an hour about…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 1, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, received a Turn In a Poacher (TIP) call at 1-800-POACHER (1-800-762-2437) stating that a deer was killed by his neighbor and was hanging in his backyard. The caller stated that he saw the deer several days earlier, and it was now gone….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 4, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  This fall, state wildlife officer John Coffman, assigned to Fayette County, assisted a motorist who struck a large white-tailed buck deer. The collision totaled the vehicle and the deer did not survive. The motorist was able to salvage much of the venison at a local processor and was allowed to keep…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 20, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Brian Motsinger, assigned to Union County, was patrolling fishing locations at Buckeye Lake with state wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County. The officers observed a group of people near a state park canal. One of the individuals cast a fishing pole into the lake and later…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 6, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, has been creatively working with conservation clubs to continue outdoor education for new hunters. In the past, larger groups of volunteers and first-time hunters would gather in a classroom setting and complete a Learn to Hunt course followed by a hunt. The…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 23, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, responded to a call of a Cooper’s hawk that was trapped inside the local TSC store. Officer Smith called a wildlife rehabilitator to assist him with capturing the bird. Store management had closed the store to protect their customers. Officer Smith and…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 9, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 State wildlife officer Jeff Tipton, assigned to Champaign County, patrols a portion of the Mad River, which is a popular trout fishing stream in Ohio. Officer Tipton meets people from all over the state, and some from out of state, who come to fish for trout. Officer Tipton also enjoys fishing…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 25, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  With the changing of the seasons and white-tailed deer moving more, state wildlife officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, received a call about a young deer stuck in a wrought iron fence. The deer was startled and ran into the fence, where it got stuck between the bars. The Delaware…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 11, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  During the fall of 2019, state wildlife officer Tyler Eldred, assigned to Morrow County, received a complaint regarding two partially processed deer discarded along a county road. Officer Eldred responded and observed two deer that were shot with a rifle. While looking over the two animals, evidence was discovered that suggested…