Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

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…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 28, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Doug Hermanson received sentencing information on a subject who was found to have shot an over-limit of bucks during the 2019 firearm deer season. The subject was ordered to pay a reimbursement of $2,000 and his hunting privileges were revoked for the remainder of 2020 and the following three seasons. COs Jeffrey Dell and Shannon Kritz patrolled…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 28, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, received a call from a resident stating she observed a young raccoon in her yard with its head stuck in a can. The caller advised the raccoon ended up in a culvert under her driveway, and Fairfield County sheriff’s deputies were called…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 14, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  During the month of June, state wildlife officers worked projects at the Indian Lake spillway in Logan County after receiving complaints of people taking game fish, particularly bluegills, with cast nets. The officers issued 11 summonses during the projects, which resulted in $2,200 in fines and courts costs being paid. The…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 31, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, recently teamed up with local members of Back Country Hunters and Anglers to clean up trash and maintain trails at Greenfield Lake Wildlife Area near Lancaster. Unfortunately, Ohio Division of Wildlife staff spend much of their time pursuing litter violations and cleaning…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 17, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  During the spring wild turkey hunting season, state wildlife officer Austin Levering, assigned to Knox County, responded to a potential hunting without permission complaint. Officer Levering arrived on scene and discovered wild turkey feathers and fresh boot tracks in the field. Upon further investigation, officer Levering discovered the adjacent property owner…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 3, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  While on patrol one night in November 2019, state wildlife officer Maurice Irish, assigned to Delaware County, observed a large buck cross the road in front of his patrol vehicle into a harvested corn field. A young buck and several does were also visible near the road. While officer Irish conducted…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 19, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 During the 2019-2020 deer hunting season, state wildlife officer John Coffman, assigned to Fayette County, received a complaint about a deer that was caught in a snare. The deer was released unharmed. Further investigation found several untagged snares, and a dead deer in one snare. The snares went unchecked for a…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 5, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  During the deer gun season, state wildlife officer Matt Teders and state wildlife investigator Chris Rice were on patrol in Madison County. A group of hunters were observed exiting a woodlot. The officers contacted the group to check for license and bag limit compliance. Officer Teders recognized one of the individuals…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 22, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  During the deer gun season, state wildlife officer Josh Elster, assigned to Pickaway County, was contacted regarding a possible deer hunting violation. Two subjects were observed walking across a field carrying guns, and only one subject was wearing the required hunter orange. Officer Elster arrived and observed the subjects walking out…