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Flooding has closed many areas of Everglades National Park. John Adornato/NPCA

Ohio’s Fall Wild Turkey Hunting Season Begins Oct. 14

Ohio’s hunters have the opportunity to pursue wild turkeys during a six-week season from Saturday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. Gobblers and hens are legal game during the fall wild turkey season.

A complete report of the 2016 fall wild turkey season is available at wildohio.gov.

Sixty-seven Ohio counties are open for fall turkey hunting, including eleven counties open for the first time. Additional details regarding fall wild turkey hunting can be found in the 2017-2018 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.

Only one turkey of either sex may be harvested during the fall season, and a valid hunting license and fall turkey hunting permit are required. Hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Shotguns using shot, as well as crossbows and longbows, are permitted. Hunting turkeys over bait is prohibited, and turkeys must be checked by 11:30 p.m. on the day the bird is harvested. The ODNR Division of Wildlife advises turkey hunters to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving, or moving through hunting areas to remain visible to others.

Hunters are required to make their own game tag to attach to a turkey. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time, and county of the kill. Go to the Turkey Hunting Resources page at wildohio.gov for more information.

All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system. Game-check transactions are available online and by phone seven days a week, including holidays. Hunters have three options to complete the game check:

Online at ohiogamecheck.com;

Call 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864);

Landowners and others not required to purchase a turkey permit cannot use the 877-TAG-ITOH option. Instead, those hunters have the option to call 866-703-1928 for operator assisted landowner game-check (a convenience fee of $5.50 applies).

Visit a license agent. A list of agents can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Public Drawings Offered for Beaver and Otter Trapping Opportunities on State-Owned or Managed Properties

Drawings will be held Oct. 14, 2017

Ohio trappers are invited to participate in special drawings Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, for public land beaver and river otter trapping opportunities.

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 five wildlife district offices. 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 the any Wildlife District Office: District One – (614) 644-3925; District Two – (419) 424-5000; District Three – (330) 644-2293; District Four – (740) 589-9930; and District Five – (937) 372-9261.

For additional information regarding trapping in Ohio, visit wildohio.gov.

Learn the Basics of Trapping

Free workshops for beginners

COLUMBUS, OH – Individuals interested in the basic skills needed to trap are encouraged to attend informational workshops provided by the Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The workshop will be held at multiple locations across the state. In Central Ohio workshops will be held at the following locations on October 28- 29, 2017.

Big Island Wildlife Area- 5389 LaRue-Prospect Road. New Bloomington Ohio 43341.

Contact Bill Davis (330)465-8762

Deer Creek Wildlife Area- 12552 Post Road Mt. Sterling Ohio 43143

Contact Mark Stackhouse (740)335-1466 or (740) 606-1568

All first-time trappers must successfully complete a hunter and a trapper education course offered through the Division of Wildlife before purchasing a hunting license and Fur Taker Permit to trap furbearers. Many of the OSTA workshops will offer the Trapper Education Course. Ask the instructor if this is offered at the workshop you plan to attend.

The workshops are free of charge but pre-registration is required. For class times and to register please call the contact listed for each class location. Do not register with the Division of Wildlife or at the location of the class.

For information on trapping in Ohio please visit wildohio.gov. For a complete listing of trapping courses offered by OSTA please visit http://www.ohiostatetrapper.org/index.html.

Ohioans Receive State’s

Top Conservation Honor

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) awarded its highest honor to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the protection and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources. Jack Vodrey was inducted into the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame. Other Hall of Fame recipients this year include Jack Fishburn, owner of Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, and Bob and Hope Taft, former governor and first lady of Ohio.

Vodrey has spent more than 40 years advocating for the conservation of lands along the Little Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River. As owner of Beaverkettle Farms, he has placed more than 1,600 acres of conservation easements on his lands to further protect the area. Vodrey has hosted numerous hikes, canoe floats, clean-ups and other educational activities, including the annual Max Gard hike.

Fishburn has turned his small shooting range into one of the largest private ranges in the world, complete with campground, retail space and the ability to host national shooting championships here in Ohio. Fishburn has been instrumental in furthering the mission of shooting sports, promoting outdoors education and providing generations of Ohioans with a way to connect and grow in appreciation of the great outdoors.

Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Ohio First Lady Hope Taft have a long history of public service in Ohio, and they have spent much of their time on conservation efforts in our state to preserve natural resources for future generations. Both have led efforts specifically in the Little Miami River region, to create the Little Miami Scenic Trail, and they founded the Little Miami River Kleeners, a group who maintains the river.

ODNR also presented its annual Cardinal Award for conservation achievement to Gary Winterburn, manager of Beaverkettle Farms. Jane Beathard, outdoor news reporter, the Wilds and Ducks Unlimited have also been chosen to receive this reward.

Winterburn’s management of more than 4,000 acres of land surrounding Little Beaver Creek has always kept the State and Nationally Designated Wild and Scenic River in mind to reduce erosion from trails and logging practices. Winterburn has planted thousands of trees, organized clean-up activities and written books on the history and importance of the area “so that future generations may enjoy the pleasures that were taken for granted by generations of the past.”

Beathard is one of the state’s most prolific outdoor writers, covering topics from Ohio’s forests, parks, natural areas, wildlife and water issues. Because of her efforts over the years, more people are encouraged to get outside and to enjoy the wide range of tremendous natural assets found throughout Ohio.

The Wilds is built on reclaimed coal mine land. This land has been used since the 1980s “to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife.” By highlighting environmental impacts to animals found in Africa and Asia, the Wilds also reminds us about environmental issues here at home.

Ducks Unlimited’s efforts in Ohio span the entire state, from restoring depleted wetlands in the northwest, protecting intact wetlands in the northeast and conserving land along the vital Scioto River corridor. Through their Great Lakes Initiative, Ducks Unlimited addresses multiple habitat types and provides abundant resources for breeding, migrating and wintering waterfowl. Additionally, their Big Rivers Initiative focuses on the restoration, enhancement and protection of wetlands used by millions of waterfowl as they migrate between wintering and breeding grounds each year.

The Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame was established by ODNR in 1966. The award recognizes a lifetime devoted to the preservation, protection and wise management of Ohio’s natural resources. Previous Hall of Fame honorees include the legendary Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman), Ohio-born explorer John Wesley Powell, botanist Lucy Braun and conservationist/novelist Louis Bromfield.

The department’s Cardinal Awards honor individuals and organizations demonstrating exceptional awareness and concern for ideals reflected in the department’s mission statement.

Grants Available to Develop Wildlife Education Programs

Project WILD-certified educators may apply for funds to support wildlife education

Ohio educators who have successfully used Project WILD in their classrooms and informal educational programs can now provide students with additional hands-on learning about wildlife and habitat through grants, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Grants totaling $500 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to 40 schools or organizations currently participating in Project WILD, a supplemental environmental education curriculum for preschool through 12th grades. The grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one grant per project site is allowed per state fiscal year, which runs July 1 through June 30.

Project WILD uses wildlife lessons and wildlife management concepts to teach traditional school subjects, such as math, science and language arts. Now in its 13th year, this grant program provides educators with funding to purchase the materials, equipment and support activities needed to develop wildlife habitat improvement projects or wildlife education programs.

A Wildlife Education project or program allows educators to take lesson plans outdoors, bringing conservation education concepts to life for students. An added benefit can be the improvement of habitat for wildlife, which enhances outdoor learning experiences. For the first time, schools and other educational organizations can use funds to support wildlife education inside the classroom through the purchase of materials, equipment, field trips and professional development for educators. This broadened scope allows more flexibility for the educator to incorporate information about Ohio’s native wildlife into their lessons and programs.

The grants are awarded to applicants that best meet the Wildlife Education grant criteria. Criteria includes participation in one of Ohio’s Project WILD programs, the dissemination of factual and science-based information on native Ohio wildlife, involvement of the students in the projects as much as possible and correlation of the projects to the educator’s curriculum or program goals. Recipients must also turn in a final report at the end of their project.

Funding for the Wildlife Education grant program comes from the sale of Ohio hunting and fishing licenses.

Interested educators should submit an application until June 30, 2018, to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, Outdoor Education Section, 2045 Morse Road, Building G, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Complete details of the grant program and an application packet can be found at wildohio.gov. To learn more about Project WILD or to find an area workshop, go to wildohio.gov or call 800-WILDLIFE.

Ohio’s Updated Hunter Education Course

Provides Options for Aspiring Hunters

The next generation of hunters are the first to benefit from Ohio’s revamped hunter education course, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). A new course book and enhanced online learning options provide a more current and comprehensive curriculum for aspiring hunters of all ages. The fully-illustrated booklet includes 11 chapters covering firearms safety, preparation, equipment, conservation and more.

Prospective hunters who want to complete their hunting education in person can sign up for an instructor-led course, which usually lasts eight to 12 hours spread over two days. Specially-trained volunteers and ODNR Division of Wildlife staff teach the courses in a classroom environment. Interested individuals should visit wildohio.gov to find a course in their local community. Hunter education remains free for those who complete an instructor-led course.

For people with busy schedules, a new online hunter education option offers flexibility while still providing the same educational material needed to become a responsible hunter. Anyone who is 12 years or older can complete the approximately four-hour course online. It can be completed in one sitting, or spread out over several days. The course is compatible with smartphones, tablets and personal computers. A $15 fee is paid to the online vendor once an individual completes the course and passes the final course exam.

For aspiring hunters under 12 years of age, a home-study course combines the flexibility of online learning with the hands-on approach of in-person hunter education training. After completing each unit and taking a test online, students are required to attend an in-person classroom session. A $15 fee is paid to the online vendor after the online exam is completed. The final classroom session is led by an ODNR Division of Wildlife employee or certified instructor volunteer and usually lasts about four hours.

Don’t forget that an Ohio apprentice hunting license is available to people who want to try hunting before first completing a course. Anyone who hunts with an apprentice license must be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 21 years old. Having previously held an apprentice license does not qualify a person to purchase a regular hunting license.

“Basics of Trapping” Workshops Offered in Northeast Ohio

AKRON, OH – Individuals interested in the basic skills needed to trap are encouraged to attend informational workshops provided by the Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The workshops will be held at multiple locations across the state. In Northeast Ohio, workshops will be held at the following locations on October 28-29, 2017.

• Berlin Lake Wildlife Area, 1806 Bonner Road, Deerfield, OH 44411. (The workshop is located at the Fewtown Road building). Contact: Jim Duckworth (330) 206-7161 or (330) 654-2392.

• Highlandtown Wildlife Area,16760 Spring Valley Road, Salineville, OH 43945

(off SR 39, 4 miles east of Salineville in Columbiana Co). Contact: Vern Snyder (330) 223-1683.

• Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area, 1691 Centerville Rd, Shreve OH 44676 (between SR 226 and SR 83 East of Shreve in Wayne Co). Contact: Josh Wengerd (330) 828-0223.

• Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, 8303 North Park Ave, North Bloomfield, OH 44450 (SR 87, 15 miles north of Warren in Trumbull Co). Contact: Randy Deiter (330) 978-4278.

All first-time trappers must successfully complete a hunter and a trapper education course offered through the ODNR Division of Wildlife before purchasing a hunting license and Fur Taker Permit in order to trap furbearers. Many of the OSTA workshops will offer the Trapper Education Course. Ask the instructor if this is offered at the workshop you plan to attend.

The workshops are free-of-charge but pre-registration is required. For class times and to register please call the contact person listed for each class location. Do not register with the ODNR Division of Wildlife or at the location of the class.

For information on trapping in Ohio visit wildohio.gov. For a complete listing of trapping courses offered by OSTA visit http://www.ohiostatetrapper.org/index.html.

Special Lottery Hunt Available for Logan County

Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC) will hold a lottery drawing for special deer hunt opportunities on Thursday, Oct. 26, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The hunts take place on TRC managed property located in Logan County.

The drawing will take place at the West Mansfield Conservation Club, located at 700 South Main Street, West Mansfield, Ohio 43358. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the drawing will be held at 6 p.m. To participate in the drawing, hunters must appear in person, be at least 18 years old and present a valid 2017-2018 Ohio hunting license and deer permit. Youth hunters may participate in the hunt but are not eligible for the drawing.

Hunting dates will be scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays from December 2 – February 4, 2018, and approximately 15 hunters (and partners) will be drawn.

Hunters must attend a mandatory orientation prior to their hunting dates, which will be announced after the drawing. Permits are transferable up to the date of the orientation session, but not after. Hunters must follow all rules and regulations that apply to the Ohio’s deer-archery hunting season, as well as rules that are assigned to this special controlled deer hunt.

Visit wildohio.gov for more information about hunting seasons and regulations.

State Parks Offer New Opportunities for Deer Hunters

Approximately 1,200 acres previously closed to hunting will be available to bow hunters as part of controlled hunts at Deer Creek, Malabar Farm, and Maumee Bay state parks, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting.

All three drawings will occur at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

All hunts are archery-only.

Hunters must possess a valid 2017-18 hunting license and a valid deer permit in order to enter the drawings.

Names will be randomly drawn, and those selected will be assigned a location to hunt in the state park.

Selected hunters will be eligible to hunt their assigned location from Nov. 14–Dec. 17.

Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner. The partner is not required to attend the drawing, but the partner must be named prior to the start of the hunt on Nov. 14.

Drawing locations are as follows:

Deer Creek State Park Office: 20635 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, 43143. Contact Zach Woodrow at 740-869-3124 or zachary.woodrow@dnr.state.oh.us for more information.

Malabar Farm State Park Office: 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, 44843. Contact Korre Boyer at 419-892-2784 or korre.boyer@dnr.state.oh.us for more information.

Maumee Bay State Park Office: 1400 State Park Road, Oregon, 43616. Contact Denis Buehler at 419-836-7758 or denis.buehler@dnr.state.oh.us for more information.

The mission of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is to provide exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, protection and conservation of Ohio’s state parks and waterways.

Dear Friend of the National Parks,

We are only beginning to understand the devastation Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused to families, communities and businesses. Even now, residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are struggling to get water and power restored.

Our national parks also sustained enormous damage, estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, which is comparable to the National Park Service’s entire annual budget for repairs.

Urge Congress to move quickly to provide substantial funding for the National Park Service in its supplemental hurricane relief package.

The damage at many parks is serious. At Everglades National Park the Gulf Coast Visitor Center was destroyed. And Virgin Islands National Park suffered so much damage that it could be closed for an entire year!

Parks are key to the economic well-being and quality of life of surrounding communities. They support jobs, bolster tourism and protect our cultural and national heritage. Restoring parks affected by the storms helps tourism and the local economies that depend on them.

This desperately needed funding must also help rebuild stronger, smarter and more sustainable parklands to be resilient to future storms. This is why Congress must act!

Tell your members of Congress to include national parks in any disaster relief funding package to support local economies sooner, and to rebuild infrastructure and wildlife habitat to be more resilient.

While the road ahead is long and the challenge great, hurricane-ravaged parks and communities will prevail. And with your help, NPCA will be there to ensure decision-makers provide the support they need.


Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is proud to present James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland, the first retrospective of this under-recognized American master painter and Ohio native since 1977, on view December 15, 2017 through April 22, 2018. During his time, James Roy Hopkins (1877-1969) was revered as an important contemporary artist, had paintings that frequently won distinguished awards, and was sought after by arts and cultural organizations. Faces of the Heartland spans his career andshowcases his innovative paintings depicting the Cumberland mountaineers of Appalachian Kentucky, called the Cumberland Suite.

Hopkins was born in the small town of Irwin, Ohio and raised on a farm outside Mechanicsburg. In 1885-96, he studied electrical engineering at The Ohio State University before transferring to the Columbus Art School, now known as Columbus College of Art & Design. In 1904, he married Edna Boise Hopkins, an artist later known for her colored, modernist woodblock prints, and moved to Paris. While living in Paris, he painted elegant women and Impressionist nudes until the impending First World War forced a return to America in summer 1914.

Hopkins’ next position at the Cincinnati Art Academy would lead him to create his most important works, those he made in the rural, Cumberland Falls, Kentucky area. In 1915, Hopkins was invited by Robert Stearns, lumber magnate, landowner, coal baron, and cultured industrialist, to visit southeastern Kentucky. Between 1915 and 1919, Hopkins created pioneering works depicting farmers, traveling preachers, children, courtship, and life in the mountains. In these Cumberland Suite works, he painted the Appalachian people in a penetrating and distinctive style that brought him national recognition. He was the first American painter to do so and prefigures Regionalism and American Scene painting that emerged some fifteen years later. Regionalism is painting that focuses on the customs, people, and topography of rural and small town America. American Scene encompasses both Regionalism and Social Realism, which features urban and politically motivated works.

From 1923–48, Hopkins is inextricably and enduringly linked to The Ohio State University. At OSU, he made the study, production, and teaching of art a lifelong commitment as the chair of the art department. Though his output as a painter fell off considerably, his tenure at Ohio State decisively shaped how the arts were taught there and raised its stature to national prominence. Hopkins Hall is named in his honor.

James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland was organized by the Columbus Museum of Art. The exhibition was also on view at the Huntington Museum of Art (March 11 – May 31, 2017), and the Springfield Museum of Art (August 19 – November 17, 2017).


A monograph, James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland, was written by Associate Professor of Art History, DePaul University Mark B. Pohlad. It is the first extensive examination of the noted American painter, one of Ohio’s most significant artists, and was published by Trillium, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press, Columbus. Copies of the monograph are available in the Museum Store.

Related Programs

James R. Hopkins: Ohio Professor & Painter of the People

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m.

Take a break from the hustle & bustle of the holidays and indulge your curiosity at this year’s Keith and Nadine Pierce Lecture on American Art: James R. Hopkins: Ohio Professor & Painter of the People. Each year, the Keith and Nadine Pierce Lecture explores American art related to an exhibition or the Museum’s permanent collection. This year, we welcome Mark B. Pohlad, PhD, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University, and author of James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland, a monograph for the exhibition of the same name. Admission to the lecture is free and all are welcome. To reserve your seat, visit columbusmuseum.org and click on Events and Programs.

About Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the William C. and Naoma W. Denison, Frederic W. and Elizabeth E. Heimberger, Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Art, and Bette Wallach funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Art Café, and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. General admission is free for all on Sundays; PNC Free Sundays presented by PNC Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation. CMA charges a flat rate of $5 for parking in the Museum’s East Gay lot. CMA members park for free. For additional information, call 614.221.6801 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

Flooding has closed many areas of Everglades National Park. John Adornato/NPCA
http://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/10/web1_Shark_Valley_hurricane_flooding_EVER_J._Adornato_560px.jpgFlooding has closed many areas of Everglades National Park. John Adornato/NPCA

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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.