Preservation Parks briefs
• Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m. Animals of the Ice Age. Did Ohio have Mastodons and Mammoths? Join Dale Gnivodec, Curator of OSU’s Orton Geological Museum, as he discusses the animals that lived during the Ice Age. See real fossils found in Ohio left behind by prehistoric megafauna. Free; all ages. Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware.
• Sunday, October 15, 6 p.m. I Spy… a Spider. Discover the wondrous webs and astounding spiders that creep along the nature trails. Join spider expert, Dr. Richard Bradley, as he leads us on the hunt throughout the park. Free; all ages. Emily Traphagen Park, 5094 Seldom Seen Road, Powell.
• Monday, October 16, 10 a.m. Story Time in the Park. Join us as we read “In My Backyard,” take part in an activity or craft, and enjoy a short nature walk afterward. Free; ages 0-3 with an adult. In partnership with the Delaware County District Library. Gallant Woods Park, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road.
Thousands of Ring-Necked Pheasants to be Released Across Ohio
COLUMBUS – More than 14,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released at 24 Ohio public hunting areas this fall to provide additional hunting opportunities across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The ODNR Division of Wildlife will release pheasants on Friday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 27, prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters. Youth ages 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29.
Ohio’s small game hunting season begins on Friday, Nov. 3. Pheasants will be released for opening day, and prior to the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends.
A table of scheduled release numbers and locations can be found at wildohio.gov.
Hunters should note the increased youth hunting opportunity available at the Spring Valley Wildlife Area located on the county line for Greene and Warren counties. Pheasants will be released there for the two youth weekends in October as well as the other three release dates.
Youth and regular pheasant hunting within the Ringneck Ridge Area in Sandusky County requires a free permit from the Sandusky County Park District. Visit sanduskycountyparks.com for more information.
Pheasant hunting season opens on Friday, Nov. 3, and remains open through Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, with a daily bag limit of two rooster (male) birds. No hens (females) may be killed. Females are all brown while the males have a green head, a red and brown body, as well as long tail feathers.
Statewide pheasant hunting hours are sunrise to sunset.
ODNR Continues Plan to Monitor Ohio’s Deer Herd for Chronic Wasting Disease
Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties will retain their designation as a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) 2015-01 as part of the state’s ongoing surveillance efforts for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This designation requires that additional rules be followed in this area.
In 2014 and 2015, 19 captive white-tailed deer tested positive for CWD at a shooting preserve and a breeding facility in Holmes County. Since discovery of the first positive in fall 2014, ODNR Division of Wildlife staff have tested nearly 1,600 wild and captive deer within the DSA with the cooperation of hunters and local landowners. CWD has not been detected from any wild deer tested from DSA 2015-01.
The DSA includes the area within a six-mile radius from the CWD positive facilities in Holmes County and includes: all of Franklin and Clinton townships in Wayne County, and Ripley, Prairie, Salt Creek, Monroe, Hardy, Berlin, Killbuck and Mechanic townships in Holmes County. In addition, the northeast portion of Richland Township (defined by the boundary of Township Road 36 to State Route 520 to Township Road 31 to U.S. Route 62) in Holmes County also falls within DSA 2015-01. This DSA designation will remain in effect at least through the 2017 deer season. A map of this area can be found at wildohio.gov.
The following regulations apply within the DSA:
- Requires hunters to bring either the entire carcass, or head from any deer harvested within the DSA to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for CWD testing during the seven-day gun, two-day gun and muzzleloader seasons. Inspection stations will not be operated during the two-day youth season;
- Prohibits the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries;
- Prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed within the DSA boundaries; and
- Prohibits the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass regulations. Additional information on carcass regulations can be found at wildohio.gov.
- Normal agricultural activities including feeding of domestic animals as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops are not prohibited.
Hunters harvesting deer within the DSA are required to bring either the entire carcass, or head from any deer to a carcass inspection station for disease testing. Two locations have been designated as carcass inspection stations for the seven-day gun, two-day gun and muzzleloader seasons. Both locations will be open and staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The dates for these seasons are: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, Dec. 16-17 and Jan. 6-9, 2018.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) garage, 1800 South Washington Street, Millersburg, 44654.
Industrial Park, 8254 County Road 245, Holmesville, 44633.
Hunters, including landowners, will be asked to provide their confirmation number from the game check process as well as the location where the deer was killed (property address or nearest road intersection). Tissue samples and biological data will be collected. The process should take no more than 10 minutes, however, delays may occur around lunchtime and immediately after dark. Hunters are strongly encouraged to complete the game check process before coming to the inspection station, but division staff will be able to assist with checking deer.
Hunters who harvest a deer and plan to have it mounted or caped are required to bring their deer to a carcass inspection station. Samples will not be taken, but arrangements will be made to collect tissue at a later date.
If hunters have questions about the carcass inspection stations or need directions to the locations, they may call 800-WILDLIFE, the Wildlife District Three office at 330-644-2293 or go to wildohio.gov.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife is responsible for protecting and managing Ohio’s fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all Ohioans. We greatly appreciate the cooperation of hunters in helping us monitor Ohio’s deer herd. For more information about CWD, visit wildohio.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.
Public Drawings Offered for Beaver Trapping in Southwest Ohio
Opportunities to trap State-Owned or Managed Properties
XENIA, OH –Trappers are invited to participate in special drawings Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, for public land beaver trapping opportunities in southwest Ohio’s Wildlife District Five. In addition to the beaver trapping drawing a separate drawing will be held for the opportunity to trap furbearers on the Wildlife District Five headquarters property located in Xenia.
A list of public land trapping opportunities available at this lottery is posted at wildohio.gov under “Controlled Hunting and Trapping Events.”
Interested trappers will be required to come to one of the Wildlife District Five Office, 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the drawing to begin at 12 p.m.
There is no fee to apply. Successful applicants must be present when drawn to be eligible. Trappers must bring a valid 2017 hunting license and fur taker permit.
Questions can be directed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to District Five, (937) 372-9261.
For additional information regarding trapping in Ohio, visit www.wildohio.gov .
Mercer Wildlife Area to Hold Special Trapping Drawings
CELINA – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Mercer Wildlife Area is hosting a one-time drawing Saturday, October 28, 2017 at noon for trapping in the Mercer Wildlife Area, St. Mary’s State Fish Hatchery, Coldwater Creek Treatment Train, and Prairie Creek Treatment Train. Participants must register prior to 12:00 p.m. and show a valid 2017 Fur-Taker Permit.
“Participants should arrive at the Mercer Wildlife Area Headquarters at 11:45 a.m. to allow enough time to register,” advised Bruce Terrill, wildlife management assistant supervisor. “We will begin the drawing promptly at noon.”
No beaver trapping will be permitted this season, and traps will be restricted to body gripping and box traps at the treatment trains.
Participation in this drawing is limited to adults age 18 and over. The chosen trapper may designate an assistant to help him or her. The drawing will be held at the Mercer Wildlife Area Headquarters, 6115 State Route 703, Celina, Ohio 45822. The refuge is 1/3 mile east of State Route 127 in Mercer County.
A letter permit will be mailed to the drawing winner, and additional instructions will be given by Mercer Wildlife Area Coordinator, Sean Finke. The permit is non-transferable. The permit will be valid during dates specified. The chosen trapper must meet with Sean for instructions prior to the start of trapping. Reports of weekly catches must be received at the area headquarters by 5 p.m. each Friday.
For more information, contact Wildlife Management at 937-372-9261 or Sean Finke at 419-236-8838. For additional rules and information visit www.wildohio.gov and click on the controlled hunting tab.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.gov .