Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

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…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Sept. 15, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • This summer, state wildlife officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, patrolled Madison Lake State Park and contacted anglers and park visitors. During officer Teder’s interactions with the public at the park, he has encountered violations including fishing without a license, operating a motor vehicle off a designated roadway, and littering. Officer Teders…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Sept. 1, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • While on patrol at Hoover Reservoir in Franklin County, state wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, and state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, were checking boaters and anglers. During the boat patrol, the officers observed a kayaker pulling a float tube and struggling to paddle into the wind….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Aug. 18, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the 2016 youth deer gun season, natural resource officer Kevin Peters was working with state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County. The officers had just finished checking some deer hunters when officer Smith received a phone call from a concerned sportsperson. The caller informed officer Smith that there were hunters…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Aug. 4, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • While on boat patrol on Alum Creek Reservoir in Delaware County, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, observed three people fishing under the Howard Road bridge. As the group packed up and walked to their vehicle, officer Grote contacted them and asked how the fishing was that day. At first,…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – July 21, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During Memorial Day weekend, state wildlife officer Michael Budd, assigned to Knox County, and state wildlife officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, were checking anglers at Hoover Reservoir. The reservoir and boat ramps were very busy that day, and officers Budd and Kiger spent most of their day at Baldridge boat ramp….

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – July 7, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • In December 2016, state wildlife officer Maurice Irish, assigned to Delaware County, was dispatched to Hoover Reservoir in response to information submitted to the Turn-In-a-Poacher hotline. A witness reported that two individuals had caught a large amount of crappies, transported them to a vehicle, and then returned to catch more fish. Upon arrival,…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – June 23, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the 2016 deer gun season, state wildlife officer Tyler Eldred, assigned to Morrow County, and state wildlife investigator Chris Rice were on patrol in Knox County. Shortly after dark, information was received from the Turn-In-A-Poacher hotline indicating that a vehicle was observed jacklighting from the roadway. The caller was able to obtain…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — June 9, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • This spring, state wildlife officer Josh Shields, assigned to Union County, received a call from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office about a man in the Valley Hi area asking landowners about coyote hunting. A resident of the area reported that the man was telling landowners that the Logan County Sheriff’s Office gave him…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — May 12, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • In January, state wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, received a complaint from a property manager stating that he had found deer remains on the property and suspected that hunters from an adjacent property had trespassed to recover a deer without written permission. Officer Smith and state wildlife officer Marty Cisine,…