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Sunbury News Staff

Take Time to Enjoy the Colors of Autumn Before Your Halloween Fun

ODNR Fall Color Report No. 5 – Oct. 25

COLUMBUS, OH – This past weekend brought out the most fall color we have seen around the state so far this year. Peak conditions have spread across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). While people still have some time to see great fall color, this time of year is also highlighted by our annual Halloween campouts and other outdoor fun during the harvest season.

“For many families, fall color road trips are only part of what makes this time of the year so special,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “The autumn experience is also enjoyable because of traditional activities, such as hayrides, carving pumpkins, Halloween costume contests and much more.”

While the maples and hickories continue to put on a great show of golds and yellows with a few oranges and reds mixed in, the catalpas are showing their lime greens, and sweetgum are starting to show off a kaleidoscope of fall color.

People interested in finding out where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.

Weekly videos from Burdick highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.

Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Fall is a distinctive season in Ohio with an identifiable color palette of reds, oranges and yellows; cooler temperatures; and aromas and tastes of autumn’s harvest from apples to pumpkins. It’s such a fun, vibrant few months to enjoy time with those closest to you that it feels like a holiday — or perhaps a Falliday! To help visitors find those special autumn activities in Ohio, the Office of TourismOhio has created a new landing page,

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall17. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find it Here. on Facebook and @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks and @Ohiogram on Instagram to see more fall color photos.

Ohio State Parks is also having a photo contest this fall. Help us highlight the best of the great outdoors in a variety of categories for a chance to win great prizes, including free camping and gift cards! Enter today at The contest ends on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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

TourismOhio, operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding Ohio. Find It Here. supports Ohio’s $43 billion tourism industry. For more, visit

Color Condition Key for the Fall Color Report: Mostly Green – no real fall color seen. Changing – still mostly green, less than 25 percent color. Near Peak – significant color showing – anywhere from 30 to 60 percent color. Peak – peak colors – as much as 85 percent showing. Fading – fading from peak conditions and leaves falling to forest floor.


Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers

Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

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 fish, measure it, and place it in a bucket. After Officer Smith contacted the man, the man stated he had only caught fish at his previous spot. The angler lifted fish on a stringer which all appeared to be of legal size. Officer Smith then asked the man if there were any fish in the nearby bucket. The angler replied “no,” and ran over to the bucket and threw the saugeye into the lake. The man was issued a summons for deterring a state wildlife officer. He was found guilty in the Bellefontaine Municipal Court and was ordered to pay $135.50 in fines and court costs. Six days prior to this incident, the same man was issued a summons for littering in Mercer County and was ordered to pay $124 in fines and court costs.

While on patrol during the deer season, State Wildlife Officer Patrick Muldovan, assigned to Licking County, noticed a deer head hanging behind a shed. Upon speaking with the resident about the deer, the man stated that he had cut the deer head off of a road killed deer but could not produce any documentation showing he legally acquired it. The man had previously been charged with illegally taking deer and not checking them in. The man was issued a summons for illegal possession of deer parts and paid $491 in fines and court costs.

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

While on patrol at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, State Wildlife Officer Ryan Kennedy, assigned to Hardin County, observed two anglers fishing at Pond 33. Upon contacting both subjects and checking their fishing licenses, Officer Kennedy noticed two buckets sitting in front of them. When asked if they had caught any fish, one angler replied that the pair had caught approximately ten bluegill. Pond 33 has a possession limit of ten bluegill, and when Officer Kennedy counted the fish, the subjects were found to be in possession of 36 bluegill, 16 over the legal limit. After determining who caught the additional fish, Officer Kennedy issued a citation for the violation. The subject paid $175 in fines and court costs.

Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District Three

In early February, State Wildlife Officer Marino Pellegrini, assigned to Lake County, and Wildlife Officer Supervisor Dave Shinko were patrolling the Lost Lake region of the Cuyahoga River after receiving complaints about geese being shot after legal shooting hours. The officers located three individuals hunting and contacted them as they returned to their vehicles. An inspection of their boat revealed four mallards hidden under a decoy bag, which were taken during the closed season. Further investigation revealed eleven Canada geese, four additional mallards, and one gadwall at one of the individual’s residences. Several days later, State Wildlife Investigator Brian Keyser was able to obtain a warrant for the individuals’ phone records. The investigation resulted in all three individuals being charged with a total of eleven wildlife violations which included taking ducks in the closed season and taking over their legal limit of geese. All three individuals were convicted in Chardon Municipal Court and were ordered to pay over $2,700 in fines and court costs. In addition, two of the men had their hunting privileges revoked for one year.

While on patrol, State Wildlife Officer Aaron Brown, assigned to Wayne County, observed several individuals hunting waterfowl in the Killbuck Marsh region. Upon contacting the hunters, one individual appeared somewhat concerned when Officer Brown indicated he wanted to check their firearms for the required plugs. Further inspection revealed that the shotgun was capable of holding more than three shells. The man was issued a summons for the violation and ordered to appear in court. Before leaving the scene, Officer Brown provided the man with suitable plug and instructed him to insert it into the firearm’s magazine so the man could continue hunting. Several weeks later, the individual appeared in court, was convicted, and paid $138 in fines and court costs.

Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District Five

While working waterfowl enforcement at Clark Lake, State Wildlife Officer Byron Rice, assigned to Clark County, encountered an individual using a cast net. Officer Rice observed the man for several minutes as he continued using the net to catch fish and place them into a five-gallon bucket. Officer Rice then approached the man to see what he had caught and noticed that the first fish on top of the others in the bucket was a crappie. Officer Rice asked the man if he had caught the crappie with the cast net and the man said that he had. Officer Rice explained that it was illegal to take crappies this way. Officer Rice seized the crappie and issued the man a court summons for the violation. He was later found guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court and was fined $190.

Sunbury News Staff