Camping lottery nears


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ODNR to Offer Seasonal Camping Opportunities

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is kicking off 2017 by offering a lottery for our seasonal camping program. The state parks offering seasonal camping for 2017 are: Barkcamp, Dillon, East Fork, Mosquito Lake, Paint Creek, Punderson, Pymatuning, Rocky Fork and Stonelick.

All seasonal camping sites will be awarded using a new lottery system, which provides a fair opportunity for individuals interested in a seasonal campsite. Interested applicants (one per family) may either contact the respective park office below during regular business hours for a lottery application during the month of March or attend the April 1 lottery in person at the time and location specified below.

All lotteries will be held on Saturday, April 1, at the following locations and times:

Barkcamp State Park – Barkcamp Park Office, 65330 Park Road, Belmont 43718. The lottery will be held at 10 a.m., call 740-484-4064 with questions.

Dillon State Park – Dillon Park Office, 5265 Dillon Hills Drive, Nashport 43830. The lottery will be held at 11 a.m., call 740-453-4377 with questions.

East Fork State Park – East Fork Camp Store, 2837 Old State Route 32, Batavia 45103. The lottery will be held at 12 p.m., call 513-734-4323 with questions.

Mosquito Lake State Park – Mosquito Lake Park Office, 1439 State Route 305, Cortland 44410. The lottery will be held at 9 a.m., call 330-637-2856 with questions.

Paint Creek State Park – Paint Creek Camp Store, 280 Taylor Road, Bainbridge 45612. The lottery will be held at 10 a.m., call 740-493-2212 with questions.

Punderson State Park – Punderson Maintenance Building, 11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury 44065 (first road to the right while entering the park). The lottery will be held at 12 p.m., call 440-564-2279 with questions.

Pymatuning State Park – Pymatuning Camp Store, 7514 Pymatuning Lake Road, Andover 44003. The lottery will be held at 10 a.m., call 440-293-6329 with questions.

Rocky Fork State Park – Rocky Fork Camp Store, 9800 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro 45133. The lottery will be held at 10 a.m., call 937-393-4284 with questions.

Stonelick State Park – Stonelick Camp Store, 2895 Lake Drive, Pleasant Plain 45162. The lottery will be held at 10 a.m., call 513-734-4323 with questions.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

2017 Trout Fishing Opportunities Await Anglers at State’s Castalia Fish Hatchery

Great trout-fishing opportunities on Cold Creek, one of Ohio’s most unique streams, await fishing enthusiasts who enter and are drawn in a special lottery conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

A half-mile section of the creek, located at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County, will be open to a limited number of anglers on selected dates from May 1–Nov. 30.

Anglers interested in fishing the stream must submit an application form and a nonrefundable $3 application fee by Friday, March 31, in order to be eligible for the random drawing. Applications may be completed online at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) to obtain a paper form, which must be returned via mail. Only one application is allowed per person. More information about the lottery can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.

There will be one season for adults (May 1–Nov. 30), and one for youths (June 12–Aug. 11). Applicants of the youth lottery must be at least 4-years-old and under 16 when they apply. Approximately 90 adult and 90 youth permits will be issued. Individuals selected to participate will be allowed to bring two adults and three youths under the age of 16 (no more than six people total). Participation is determined by a random drawing, which will be held in early April.

The results of the adult drawing will be posted on the division’s website at wildohio.gov. Successful youth applicants will be notified by mail. This year, all permits will be mailed. Applicants not chosen will not be notified.

Special fishing rules will be in effect to ensure that a quality fishing experience is maintained throughout the season. One of these special rules prohibits catch-and-release fishing, with wildlife officials requiring that anglers keep all fish they catch. The daily bag limit will be five trout per angler.

Anglers will be required to check in at the hatchery upon arrival and check out at the end of their session. Fishing sessions will be open from 7 a.m. to noon for adult events. For the youth events, there will be two sessions per day (7 a.m.–11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.). All anglers age 16 and older will need a valid 2017 Ohio fishing license.

An Ohio resident annual fishing license costs $19, and a one-day fishing license costs $11. Those who purchase a one-day fishing license may later return it to a license agent to receive credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license.

Hunters Harvest More Than 2,000 Wild Turkeys During Ohio’s Fall Season

Hunters harvested 2,168 wild turkeys during Ohio’s 2016 fall wild turkey season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s 2016 fall wild turkey hunting season was open in 56 counties Oct. 8-Nov. 27. During the 2015 fall wild turkey season 1,535 turkeys were harvested.

Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by 1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern day wild turkey season opened in the spring of 1966 in 9 counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The wild turkey harvest topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Spring turkey hunting opened statewide in 2000. Fall turkey season first opened in 19 counties in 1996.

For summaries of past turkey seasons, visit wildohio.gov/turkeyharvest

Note: A list of all wild turkeys checked during the 2016 fall hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2016, and the 2015 numbers are in parentheses.

Adams: 30 (44); Ashland: 25 (27); Ashtabula: 66 (73); Athens: 63 (31); Belmont: 47 (33); Brown: 20 (26); Butler: 13 (13); Carroll: 30 (21); Clermont: 28 (43); Columbiana: 31 (43); Coshocton: 94 (43); Cuyahoga: 9 (2); Defiance: 26 (18); Delaware: 10 (9); Fairfield: 24 (14); Franklin: 2 (1); Gallia: 57 (50); Geauga: 32 (45); Guernsey: 79 (35); Hamilton: 11 (10); Harrison: 68 (32); Highland: 34 (40); Hocking: 57 (52); Holmes: 74 (27); Huron: 13 (6); Jackson: 50 (43); Jefferson: 39 (30); Knox: 43 (34); Lake: 12 (11); Lawrence: 32 (31); Licking: 54 (36); Lorain: 19 (29); Mahoning: 27 (23); Medina: 28 (22); Meigs: 79 (33); Monroe: 86 (21); Morgan: 52 (13); Morrow: 8 (17); Muskingum: 64 (27); Noble: 74 (35); Perry: 62 (29); Pike: 39 (35); Portage: 31 (38); Richland: 31 (21); Ross: 25 (24); Scioto: 23 (27); Seneca: 11 (6); Stark: 41 (27); Summit: 16 (12); Trumbull: 42 (50); Tuscarawas: 92 (23); Vinton: 47 (35); Warren: 9 (9); Washington: 54 (23); Wayne: 10 (13); Williams: 25 (20); Total: 2,168 (1,535).

Buckeye Big Buck Club Honors Clint McCoy with 2017 Award

The Buckeye Big Buck Club (BBBC) recently honored deer biologist Clint McCoy with the 2017 BBBC Division of Wildlife Employee of the Year Award. Mr. McCoy has been serving Ohioans as the statewide deer biologist since 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

A large part of the nomination for this award is based on Mr. McCoy’s commitment to help manage Ohio’s deer herd for the benefit of all stakeholder groups throughout Ohio. Mr. McCoy’s patience for working with diverse groups of people and his passion for Ohio’s natural resources have been an asset to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. He is a very knowledgeable and talented communicator and biologist, who goes well beyond his job description for the benefit of our sportsmen and women.

The BBBC was founded in 1957 to increase public awareness of trophy-sized white-tailed deer hunting opportunities in Ohio. Working with the ODNR Division of Wildlife, BBBC established a searchable permanent record of Ohio’s trophy deer, which is available online at wildohio.gov. Each year, the organization hosts a banquet, bringing together deer hunting enthusiasts from across the state for a day of scoring, management and hunting seminars, and an awards ceremony. You can learn more about the BBBC by visiting their website.

CUFFS & COLLARS

Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers

Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

In the fall of 2016, State Wildlife Officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, received several complaints about shots being fired and deer carcasses being dumped along a roadway. While patrolling the area one evening, Officer Teders observed a car drive off a roadway and spotlight a field with both its headlights and a flashlight. Upon arriving at the vehicle to contact the driver, Officer Teders noticed a rifle and flashlight inside the vehicle. The driver admitted to looking for coyotes with the aid of an artificial light. The suspect was charged with jacklighting and subsequently pleaded guilty in Madison County Municipal Court. Judge Eric Schooley sentenced the suspect to pay $300 in fines and court costs, 90 days of jail suspended, 25 hours of community service, required the man take a gun safety course, and ordered him to forfeit the rifle to the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District Four

During the summer of 2016, the ODNR Division of Wildlife received information anonymously from their Turn In a Poacher (TIP) hotline about ginseng being harvested and sold out of season. The complainant suggested that three individuals were purchasing ginseng out of season, and the sellers of the ginseng were harvesting from both public and private property. State wildlife investigators from District Four in southeastern Ohio conducted an investigation throughout the summer. Later that summer, two of the suspects attempted to sell ginseng to a licensed dealer in front of investigators. The two men arrived and attempted to negotiate a price for 17.5 pounds of dry ginseng root before they were contacted and subsequently interviewed by the investigators. Further investigation revealed that the suspects had purchased the ginseng out of season. The ginseng was seized as evidence and the two men were issued summonses for buying ginseng during the closed season, and buying ginseng without a ginseng dealer permit. Both men pleaded guilty in the Hocking County Municipal Court, and were ordered to pay $5,878 in fines and court costs. They each received 360 days of suspended jail time and were placed on probation for five years. During their probationary period, they cannot buy, harvest, or possess ginseng. The ginseng root was forfeited to the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District Five

State Wildlife Officer Tim Rourke, assigned to Shelby County, recently responded to a complaint from a hunter who was being harassed while attempting to deer hunt. The hunter stated that a neighbor had come out of her house, approached the property line dividing her property from the one which he was on, and yelled obscenities at him while he was in his tree stand. Officer Rourke advised the hunter to remain in his tree stand and continue hunting, but not to acknowledge the harassment or engage the individual. Upon arriving at the suspect’s residence, the homeowner conveyed concerns to Officer Rourke that she believed the man was watching her in her home from his tree stand. The female told Officer Rourke that she approached the property line and screamed at the hunter in an attempt to get him down from the tree stand and leave the area. Officer Rourke explained to the woman that the hunter had not violated any laws or done anything unethical or irresponsible. Officer Rourke concluded his investigation and politely informed the woman that Ohio has a law to protect the rights of hunters who are in the act of legally hunting, and that acts intended to prevent them from hunting constituted hunter harassment, which is prohibited. The woman was cited for the violation, was found guilty, and paid $155 in fines and court costs.

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ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.