Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 18, 2019

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  While checking the deer harvest database, state wildlife officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, noticed some discrepancies regarding a deer that had been killed in Franklin County. Officer Kiger noticed that the hunter’s deer harvest history only included deer killed in Muskingum County, so he contacted the hunter. The hunter stated that he…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 4, 2019

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  During the statewide deer gun season, state wildlife officer Jeff Tipton, assigned to Champaign County, was on patrol when he observed a couple of trucks parked along a country road. As it was getting close to the end of shooting time, he pulled over to wait for the hunters to arrive at their vehicles….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 21, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  During waterfowl season, state wildlife officer John Coffman, assigned to Fayette County, received a complaint concerning goose hunters who were shooting geese on a property without permission. Officer Coffman arrived at the location and watched two men shoot geese on the property. When officer Coffman contacted the men, they admitted to hunting without permission…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 7, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, received a report of a capsized boat on Deer Creek north of Madison Lake. Officer Teders was able to hike into the location and obtain the registration numbers of the vessel. While officer Teders was unable to locate a phone number for the vessel’s owner,…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 23, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, received a call from a homeowner who was having issues with a neighbor tampering with traps. The caller explained that she had hired a nuisance animal control company to trap animals that were digging under her house. The nuisance operator advised her an animal had…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 9, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  While following up on a complaint, state wildlife officer Patrick Muldovan, assigned to Licking County, met with a man who had harvested an antlered white-tailed deer. While looking through the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s records database, officer Muldovan noticed that the man had checked in the deer with a permit that was purchased after…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Oct. 26, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  •While working in Morrow County, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, followed up with a suspect who had been mudding with a vehicle at Delaware Wildlife Area. While Grote was speaking with the suspect, the man admitted to driving his vehicle past the signs earlier in the day, and then coming…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Oct. 12, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  This past spring, state wildlife officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, responded to a call from the Turn-In-a-Poacher hotline that indicated a man had shot two goslings off a small pond behind a house in Knox County. Officer Kiger responded to the residence and could not find anyone home. Officer Kiger checked the…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 28, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the statewide early teal season opening weekend, state wildlife officer Maurice Irish, assigned to Delaware County, was on patrol at the Delaware Wildlife Area marsh when a shot rang out 45 minutes before legal shooting time. As several more shots rang out, officer Irish observed the muzzle flash from a shotgun and…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 14, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • This summer, state wildlife officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, has been patrolling areas of the Scioto River in Columbus popular among anglers using cast nets to collect bait. Evening enforcement by officer Teders along the Scioto has yielded multiple summonses to individuals who used cast nets to illegally take gamefish species,…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 31, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the 2018 spring turkey season, state wildlife officer Josh Shields, assigned to Union County, was on patrol when he observed two turkey hunters returning from the woods. Upon contacting the two hunters, officer Shields learned that one of the hunters had harvested a turkey a few days earlier. That hunter had failed…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 17, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • On a day in July, state wildlife officers Josh Shields, assigned to Union County, and Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, using their patrol boat contacted 16 anglers at Indian Lake. Four summonses were issued to anglers for fishing without licenses and fishing with more than two rods per person. The violations resulted…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 3, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • While on bicycle patrol at Quarry Park, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, observed a man and woman fishing from the banks of the lake. He contacted the pair and asked how the fishing was going. They both admitted to fishing without a license, which is required at Quarry Park….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 6, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During Memorial Day weekend, state wildlife officer Jeff Tipton, assigned to Champaign County, was working near Kiser Lake where he had been receiving complaints that people were leaving litter on one of the fishing piers. Officer Tipton watched a pair of anglers, and shortly before dark he observed each angler throw an empty…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 22, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • This past spring, state wildlife officer John Coffman, assigned to Fayette County, was patrolling the Deer Creek spillway. He contacted a man fishing alone who showed officer Coffman his fishing license. A brief time later, officer Coffman contacted another man who had a fishing license with the same name as the man earlier….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 8, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • State wildlife officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, was investigating a deer checked in as a landowner-harvested animal. During the investigation, officer Teders could not locate any property in Plain City where the hunter lived that was owned by the hunter. Officer Teders interviewed the hunter and determined that the man was…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 25, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the 2018 January waterfowl season, state wildlife officer Josh Elster, assigned to Pickaway County, was informed of a waterfowl hunter who had fallen into the Scioto River. With the air temperatures in the single digits officer Elster knew it could be a time-sensitive situation. Officer Elster contacted one of the hunting groups…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 11, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the 2017 Ohio deer gun season, state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, received information from the Turn-In-A-Poacher hotline that someone had shot and killed a deer from a vehicle with a muzzleloader. Officer Smith had the description of the suspect’s vehicle and after an investigation he identified the suspect,…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 27, 2018

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • Occasionally, state wildlife officers review the online game-check database for suspicious reports. Recently, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, investigated a deer that had been checked in as a harvest from Delaware County. The individual lived in Marion County and had checked in the deer using an antlerless deer permit…

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…

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 – Nov. 10, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • One spring evening, state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, was patrolling Indian Lake when he observed an angler fishing at a popular saugeye spot. Officer Smith recognized this angler as one that he had contacted earlier in the evening at a different location. Officer Smith watched the man catch a…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Oct. 27, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • While on patrol at Big Island Wildlife Area, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, observed two hunters walking along the marsh. He asked the men about their hunt, and one of the men stated that while neither man had made a kill, he had shot at a goose and missed….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Oct. 13, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the Memorial Day weekend, state wildlife officer supervisor Dave Warner and state wildlife officer Jeff Tipton, assigned to Champaign County, were patrolling the south side of Kiser Lake in western Champaign County when the officers observed a group of men fishing. As the men packed up their belongings and were preparing to…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Sept. 29, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • While on patrol during the 2016 deer gun season, state wildlife officer Maurice Irish, assigned to Delaware County, made contact with a deer hunter who was on his way in for lunch after an unsuccessful morning. The man handed officer Irish his hunting license and two unfilled deer permits. During the conversation, the…