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ODNR to Offer Special Deer Hunts on

Seven State Scenic River Properties

Permits to participate in controlled hunts awarded by lottery

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer special archery deer hunts at seven locations, which border three of Ohio’s state scenic rivers, through local lottery drawings. The hunts will offer sportsmen a unique opportunity to explore seldom visited sites, while lessening the impact of deer browsing on native plant populations.

The Scenic Rivers program has identified properties along some of Ohio’s highest quality rivers and streams to be open for the hunts. These woodland and successional habitats, including broad floodplains and upland regions, have seen very little hunting and should offer good sporting conditions.

Application for the hunts will be handled at the local level by ODNR staff during scheduled drawings. Hunters must attend individual meetings if they are interested in particular hunts. At that time, hunters can enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket at the price of $5. Hunters must possess a valid 2017-2018 hunting license to purchase tickets.

Names will be randomly drawn, and those selected will be assigned a specific time to hunt. An orientation will be conducted immediately following the drawing, outlining special regulations for the hunts. Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner. The partner is not required to attend the drawing or orientation.

All of these special hunts will be archery only, and each winner will receive a two-week period in which they can hunt at that particular site. Hunters may enter the drawings for all seven of the hunts, but they must attend the meeting for each hunt in order to enter the drawing. Entry forms will not be accepted by mail or phone.

Hunt locations and drawing dates are listed below:

The meeting and drawing for hunts along the Big and Little Darby Creek (Terra Nova, Milford Center, Andre Agnes and Little Darby Forrest Preserve) will be held at the Plain City Youth Building, located in Pastime Park, 344 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. This drawing will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m.

Terra Nova (Union County) – This site is located on Big Darby Creek. The hunt site is located on North Lewisburg Road in North Lewisburg.

Milford Center (Union County) – This is site located on Big Darby Creek. The hunt site is located between Middleburg-Plain City Road and North Darby Coe Road just southeast of Collins Road.

Andre Agnes and Little Darby Forrest Preserves (Madison County) – Both sites are located on the Little Darby Creek. This hunt is being conducted in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and opens two new sites for bowhunting this season through Friday, Dec. 22. Starting on Saturday, Dec. 23, these sites will be opened to raccoon hunting. Raccoon hunters will need to apply for a permit from The Nature Conservancy to access both sites.

The meetings and drawings for all four Little Miami River sites (Deerfield Gorge, Caesar Creek, Hall’s Creek and Roxanna) will be held at the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Visitor’s Center, 4020 N Clarksville Road, Waynesville. These drawings will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m.

Deerfield Gorge (Warren County) – This site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site is located on King Avenue, Maineville.

Caesar Creek (Warren County) – This site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Caesar Creek is located on County Road 30 (Middletown Road), Waynesville.

Hall’s Creek (Warren County) – This site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Hall’s Creek is located on Mason Morrow Millgrove Road, Morrow.

Roxanna (Greene County) – This site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Roxanna is located on U.S. Route 42, Spring Valley.

The meeting and drawing for the Stillwater River Hunt will be held at the Barn at Stillwater Prairie, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. This drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m.

Abshire-Graves (Darke County) – This site is located on the Stillwater River. The hunt site is located on State Route 185, Versailles.

Cool-Davis (Miami County) – This site is located on the northeast corner of the State Route 185 bridge crossing over the Stillwater River in Miami County.

For more information about hunting seasons and regulations, call 800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.

Ohio pioneered the river preservation movement in 1968 with the passage of the nation’s first scenic rivers act. This legislation created a state program to protect Ohio’s remaining high quality streams for future generations. In 2018, the Scenic Rivers program will celebrate 50 years of working with Ohio communities to protect some of the state’s highest quality rivers. Scenic rivers retain most of their natural characteristics at a time when many rivers reflect the negative impacts of human activities. There are currently 14 designated state scenic rivers in Ohio.

Upgrades Planned for Delaware Wildlife Area

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has some exciting opportunities planned for the Delaware Wildlife Area. Fish stockings, archery range and marsh habitat projects are scheduled to increase central Ohioan’s recreational opportunities.

On August 29th, 3 ponds will receive catchable channel catfish from the state’s hatchery system. Pond #35 (north of St. Rt. 229) will receive 300 catfish, pond #30 (on the dog training area) and pond #31 (in the field trial area) will receive 200 catfish each. Funding to raise and stock these fish is generated from Ohio fishing license dollars as well as the federal Sport Fish Restoration program, which is an excise tax on fishing equipment.

Waterfowl hunters and bird watchers will benefit from new water control structures that are slated to be installed in the marsh units on the southern portion of the wildlife area. These structures will replace non-functioning structures allowing wildlife management to better control the water levels for the betterment of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife. The water level manipulation will also aid in the control of invasive plants.

The marsh project is funded by proceeds generated from the sale of the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. The purpose of the wetlands habitat stamp is to foster awareness of the importance of wetlands and to help fund those objectives.

For more information on Delaware Wildlife Area please visit wildohio.gov or call 614-644-3925.

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.

Ohio’s 2017 Fall Hunting Seasons

Just Around the Corner

Canada goose and teal seasons start Sept. 2

Ohio hunters are invited to enjoy early waterfowl seasons for Canada goose and teal that begin on Saturday, Sept. 2, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Hunters should check regulations for changes to rules, season dates and bag limits as the 2017 fall seasons begin. A summary of Ohio’s hunting and trapping regulations is available where licenses are sold, at ODNR Division of Wildlife offices and at wildohio.gov.

This year, squirrel, dove, rail, snipe and gallinule seasons open up the 2017 fall hunting season, which all begin on Friday, Sept. 1. Doves may be hunted sunrise to sunset, except for areas posted otherwise, from Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 5. The daily bag limit is 15 doves, with a possession limit of 45 after the second day.

The early Canada goose and teal seasons begin on Saturday, Sept. 2. Canada geese may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 2-10 with a daily bag limit of five birds. Teal may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 2-17 with a daily bag limit of six birds. Possession limits after the second day for both teal and Canada geese are three times the daily bag limits.

Ohio’s popular archery season for deer begins later in the month on Saturday, Sept. 30, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The statewide bag limit is six deer, and only one deer may be antlered regardless of location or method of take. Deer bag limits are determined by county, and hunters cannot exceed a county bag limit. Additional details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2017-2018 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife is responsible for protecting and managing Ohio’s fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all Ohioans.

EHD Virus Confirmed in Ohio Deer and Cattle

Illness is not infectious to people

COLUMBUS (Aug. 23, 2017) – The first confirmed case of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) was recently confirmed in both white-tailed deer and cattle in Ohio. The virus was diagnosed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL).

The positive diagnoses were from a cow from Jefferson County and a wild white-tailed deer buck from Lorain County. The discovery is not unusual, as cases of this infection have been detected in both wild and captive white-tailed deer in Ohio in the summer and fall of each of the last several years. In fact, significant disease outbreaks in Ohio have occurred every five years, the last in 2012. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife (DOW) reports numerous dead deer from Columbiana and Jefferson counties. EHD virus has also been confirmed in neighboring counties of both Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

The EHD virus is not infectious to people and is not spread from animal to animal. It is transmitted by the bite of small midges, so infections are often seen in Ohio in late summer and early fall. EHD-associated deaths can occur up through the first frost of the year. Once infected, deer show symptoms within five to ten days and many deer die within 36 hours of the onset of symptoms. People should always avoid touching or handling sick or dead wild animals.

White-tailed deer, along with mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope are susceptible to the disease. Deer infected with this virus may show symptoms including lethargy, head hung down, loss of fear of humans, swelling of the tongue and head and neck, difficulty breathing and excess salivation due to tongue swelling or ulcers in the mouth. Affected deer are often found in or near bodies of water, likely due to fever and dehydration.

Cattle may show signs including swelling of the muzzle, oral erosions, salivation, off feed condition and fever. Affected cattle and sheep may also show signs as described for deer as described above. Such cases in cattle and sheep may mimic other reportable diseases such as foot and mouth disease, bluetongue and vesicular stomatitis. Producers and animal owners are strongly encouraged to report such cases to their veterinarian.

Veterinarians have been alerted about the confirmed tests and should report suspect cases in livestock to ODA at 614-728-6220. Sightings of sick or dead deer should be directed to the ODNR-DOW at 1-800-WILDLIFE.

CHOOSING A MEAT SMOKER

Learning to smoke meats is one of the best ways to bring out great flavor in fish and wild game. Before you master the art, you must first select the right smoker for you.

Wood smokers that use hardwood blocks and chips produce the most flavorful results. It’s necessary to monitor them carefully and keep feeding them wood to keep the temperature steady.

A charcoal smoker fueled by a mixture of charcoal and wood is a great choice for both beginners and experts. A gas smoker is also very easy to use.

Choose an electric smoker that has a temperature control knob to keep the temperature steady. All smokers come with helpful instructions and recipes or you can go online and learn from other smokers. Brine your meat first or put a rub on it to enhance flavor. You can also choose from a variety of woods that each impart different flavors in the meat.

Whatever meat and whatever smoker you use it should be cooked on low, even heat for many hours until it’s smoked to delicious perfection.

Give smoking a try. You’re going to love it!

Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops or go to www.basspro.com and check out the great selection of smokers.

Outdoor World Tips presents free, seasonal how-to advice from Larry Whiteley, host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio show. Each weekly tip offers practical advice to improve your outdoor skills.

THE AMAZING MULTI-TOOL

If you don’t already have a multi-tool, there will come a time when you wish you had one. It’s like having a toolbox in your pocket, purse, vehicle, tackle box, boat or hunting pack.

The advantage of a multi-tool is saving weight and space over a bunch of individual tools that perform the same functions.

Multi-tools come in all sizes and shapes. They can hang on a key chain, come with their own belt pouch or look like a credit card that slips into your wallet or purse.

Depending on the kind of multi-tool you get, they can come with scissors, files, awls, screw drivers, bottle openers, wire strippers, tweezers, sockets and knives.

Because multi-tools have become so popular, there are a lot of companies that make them. Do your research to help decide which company and which multi-tool will work best for you. My advice is to get the best you can afford and you’ll never be sorry you did.

Visit www.basspro.com or stop by your local Bass Pro Shops to find the best multi-tool to fit your needs.

DISCOVER THE WORLD OF SHOOTING SPORTS

If you haven’t discovered the world of shooting sports, you’re missing out on one of the fastest growing sports in America.

Whether a pistol, shotgun, rifle or air gun, there are a multitude of shooting games you can do just for fun or competitive events you can take part in and win money and prizes.

Ask family members or friends to go shooting with you; you’ll have a great time together. Women are the fastest growing segment in the world of shooting sports.

If your kids want to get involved in shooting sports, over 300 colleges and universities offer shooting programs. Many high schools also have shooting teams as does 4-H and Boy Scouts. Who knows, they may even be competing in the Olympics someday.

For more information on shooting sports as well as ranges in your area, visit www.nssf.org or www.nra.org.

For shooting tips and more go to basspro.com and click on 1Source News & Tips

Outdoor World Tips presents free, seasonal how-to advice from Larry Whiteley, host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio show. Each weekly tip offers practical advice to improve your outdoor skills.

WATERFOWL SEASON IS COMING

Better get to practicing your calls! Teal season is already here and the rest of the waterfowl seasons soon will be.

First, get out your calls, clean them and then inspect the reeds of each one of them. If you hunt ducks a lot, it’s a good idea to start waterfowl season with a fresh reed or reed set.

If you think you want to buy a new call, now is a good time to do so. Waterfowl events and sales are being held around the country that allows the opportunity to attend seminars and listen to manufacturers about the latest and hottest new calls as well as great tips.

Practice as often as you can before the season gets here. One way to do that is to find a place outdoors where you can practice calling at normal volume levels and tape yourself. Later, spend time comparing your calling to recordings of live waterfowl.

When you practice, do so with purpose. Don’t call randomly. Instead, make your practice sessions as realistic as possible by calling as if you are working a flock.

Never mind if you’re driving the family or neighbors crazy.

Waterfowl season is coming!

Don’t miss Flocktoberfest at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee. Visit www.basspro.com for dates and times.

Outdoor World Tips presents free, seasonal how-to advice from Larry Whiteley, host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio show. Each weekly tip offers practical advice to improve your outdoor skills.

AN AMAZING FALL ADVENTURE

Going hiking is great exercise while you enjoy the nature that surrounds you. The bonus is getting away from people, technology, jobs, bills and everything else you have to deal with. Fall is a great time to do it.

If you live in an area known for fall colors, hiking is better than driving around in a car. Also, if there is a specific type of bird or animal seen only this time of year, take your hikes when you are most likely to see that bird or animal.

Do your research to find the best camping options and hiking trails in your area. Take along binoculars, fall wildflower guides, bird identification books and a regular camera or wearable GoPro.

You can also use your smart phone to take pictures and videos as well as record the sounds of birds, flowing water and even wind through the trees that you hear on your hike. You can then look at them and listen later or share on social media so others can enjoy your amazing fall adventure.

For more outdoor tips go to basspro.com and click on 1Source News & Tips

Outdoor World Tips presents free, seasonal how-to advice from Larry Whiteley, host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio show. Each weekly tip offers practical advice to improve your outdoor skills.

Ohio’s Oil and Natural Gas Production Totals Released for Second Quarter of 2017

During the second quarter of 2017, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 4,044,072 barrels of oil and 388,560,451 Mcf (388 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, according to the figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Natural gas production from the second quarter of 2017 showed an increase over the second quarter of 2016, while oil production was reduced for that same period.

2016 QUARTER 2 (SHALE) 2017 QUARTER 2 (SHALE) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

Barrels of oil 4,878,409 4,044,072 (17.10%)

Mcf of natural gas 334,431,020 388,560,451 16.18%

The ODNR quarterly report lists 1,691 horizontal shale wells, 1,659 of which reported oil and natural gas production during the quarter. Of the 1,659 reporting oil and natural gas results:

The average amount of oil produced was 2,438 barrels.

The average amount of natural gas produced was 234,214 Mcf.

The average number of first quarter days in production was 85.

All horizontal production reports can be accessed at oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/production. Ohio law does not require the separate reporting of Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) or condensate. Oil and gas reporting totals list on the report include NGLs and condensate.

Collaborative Effort Held to Sample for

Grass Carp in the Sandusky River

FREMONT, OH – Fisheries biologists from multiple agencies recently conducted a project on the Sandusky River to assess the ability to capture grass carp, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Crews from the ODNR Division of Wildlife worked with Michigan DNR, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Geological Survey, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the University of Toledo for two days of sampling looking for grass carp, in conjunction with aquatic invasive species sampling in Sandusky Bay conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The crews sampled Aug. 29-30, which included the coordinated use of multiple electrofishing vessels, gill nets and fyke nets to collect adult and juvenile carp in the Sandusky River. Over the two days, eight fish were collected using the refined sampling techniques. Although present in the system, grass carp populations are considered to be low, and this week’s action reinforces this conclusion.

This week’s testing of various sampling methods along with ongoing assessment has helped to identify alternative techniques to increase capture efficiencies for a planned, large-scale sampling event to be held in 2018. This is one part of a structured and measured approach to better understand and address grass carp in Lake Erie.

The increased knowledge of grass carp in western Lake Erie gained through this research allows natural resource agencies, working through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, to collaboratively develop science-based management approaches and evaluate the effectiveness of different actions and strategies.

The grass carp is an invasive species in the Great Lakes region and is one of four species commonly identified as Asian carp. All species of Asian carp do not have the same negative ecological effects. Grass carp present significantly different risks to the Lake Erie ecosystem compared to the highly invasive bighead carp and silver carp.

An adult grass carp commonly weighs more than 20 pounds and can grow up to 48 inches in length. The fish are primarily herbivorous, consuming large quantities of aquatic vegetation, and they can affect fish communities primarily through habitat modification.

Grass carp were actively stocked in private ponds in many states as early as the 1970s, and some have escaped. Grass carp have been detected in Lake Erie since the mid-1980s. Recent efforts to collect fish have resulted in low catch rates, indicating that fish are present in low densities. Although there is currently no evidence of negative ecological impact to the Lake Erie ecosystem attributed to grass carp, this study furthers research on this topic and can also prove useful in providing methods to study other species.

Public Invited to the 2017 Southeast

Ohio Tree Care Conference

Conference scheduled for Sept. 28

ATHENS – Southeast Ohio’s regional urban forestry program will be hosting the annual Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Athens, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The public is welcome to register to attend and network with their town’s parks and grounds maintenance personnel.

“The Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference is a regional event for citizens interested in properly managing their community’s trees and natural resources,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “Guest speakers present timely and useful information on assessing hazardous trees, planting the right trees in community projects, monitoring tree health, planning for greenspace in communities and raising awareness of tree benefits and care with community decision makers.”

The conference will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Athens district office, located at 360 E. State St., Athens, 45701. The conference features a day of networking and technology transfer that furthers goals of increasing the quality of life for Ohioans through better management of our important community trees and the land that supports them.

Registration for the conference is $25 per attendee and includes lunch. Space is limited, and 5.25 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) continuing education units (CEUS) will be offered so register soon using the Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference registration form at goo.gl/nkvuR1.

For more information regarding the conference, contact Ann Bonner, regional urban forester, at ann.bonner@dnr.state.oh.us or 614-670-2630.

The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands and the urban forestry program, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.

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