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Ohio’s Controlled Hunting Applications Coming June 1

COLUMBUS — Applications will soon be accepted for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts on selected areas during the 2017-2018 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The application period opens Thursday, June 1, and runs through Monday, July 31.

These special hunts are held on selected areas to provide additional opportunities for Ohio’s hunting enthusiasts. All applicants, youth and adult, must possess a 2017-2018 Ohio hunting license and meet the age requirements in order to apply for a controlled hunt.

Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online using Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System at wildohio.gov. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt.

Hunters will be randomly drawn from submitted applications. Successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by mail and email. Applicants are encouraged to visit Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System online to view the status of their application and, if selected, print their controlled hunt permit.

More specific information about hunt dates and locations, including opportunities dedicated to youth, women and mobility-impaired hunters, can be found at wildohio.gov on the Controlled Hunts page.

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.

Lake Erie Anglers Should Scan Yellow Perch Again This Year, Fishery Managers Say

OAK HARBOR, OHIO – Anglers can again help Lake Erie fishery managers by scanning any yellow perch they catch in 2017 for microchips as part of a research study on fish behavior, migration, population size and death rate.

The project, which is in its final year, is a joint effort among the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Ohio Sea Grant.

In 2016, more than 1 million angler-caught yellow perch were scanned, said Carey Knight, fisheries biologist with the ODNR Division of Wildlife, including more than 140,000 at various cleaning houses.

“We reached out to more anglers and increased scanning at cleaning houses twofold,” Knight said.

Ohio Sea Grant supported the project by producing a video public service announcement, a handout and a map of scanning stations.

Anglers simply take their catch of yellow perch to one of the scanning facilities and pass their coolers through the scanner to check for microchips. There is no need to remove fish, and the process takes just a few minutes.

The microchips, called PIT tags, are about the size of a grain of rice and work similar to a pet microchip. Because of their small size, it is impossible to tell if a fish is tagged without scanning it. The part of the fish containing the tag is removed as a part of normal cleaning, so tagged fish are safe to eat.

Recapturing previously tagged yellow perch is helping fisheries biologists understand the movements of yellow perch and better manage the Lake Erie yellow perch fishery.

More than 4,300 yellow perch were tagged in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Scanners on commercial trap net boats and at cleaning houses have scanned more than 5 million fish so far. Preliminary results of the study show that yellow perch tend to stick together in groups and stay within a limited area of Lake Erie, Knight said.

Visit go.osu.edu/perchscan to view a map of PIT tag scanning stations, and watch a video about the project at go.osu.edu/perchvideo.

Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.

Safety Warning to Boaters Near Locks and Dams

HUNTINGTON, W.Va – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, reminds boaters that the areas immediately upstream and downstream of navigation dams on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers have been designated as restricted areas.

A number of boating accidents have occurred in the past when vessels entered the restricted areas above and below these locks and dams. These areas are very dangerous and have been permanently designated as restricted to everyone except those on official business. Vessel operators who enter these areas risk their lives and property.

When operating a boat on the river, boaters should be aware of the dangers near the locks and dams. Always pay attention to the buoys and signs near these areas. Within the restricted areas near the dams, strong reverse currents are present. At these points, whirlpools can also occur. These strong and unpredictable currents on both sides of the dams can cause immediate danger (capsizing, loss of steering, etc.) if approached too closely. When upstream of the dam, currents can quickly carry your watercraft through the dam resulting in an accident that could cause injury or even death. Restricted area buoys are located at a safe distance from the dam in an attempt to keep boaters away from these dangers.

When river levels are rising, the currents and turbulence become more powerful and can increase the dangers in and around the restricted areas.

Boating in these restricted areas of a dam is dangerous. Debris washing over or through the dam could cause your boat to become disabled or capsized before you have time to react. Never anchor near the spillway of a dam as the strong, unpredictable currents could pull a boat under the water.

Some shorelines are open to fishing from the riverbank close to the dam. Swimming in these restricted waters is prohibited. Use caution when in these areas as the banks near the shoreline may be slippery. If you fall in the water near the dam, you may be carried into and/or over the dam. The current on both sides of the dam is very strong and even the best swimmers may not have the strength to get back to the edge of the water.

Next time you decide to go boating on the rivers, heed warning to the signs and buoys around the locks and dams. Neglecting to do so could result in injury, loss of watercraft, or even death. As always, practice boating safety, let someone “know, before you go” – and always wear your life jacket.

Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers

Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

This spring, State Wildlife Officer Josh Shields, assigned to Union County, received a call from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office about a man in the Valley Hi area asking landowners about coyote hunting. A resident of the area reported that the man was telling landowners that the Logan County Sheriff’s Office gave him permission to hunt coyotes in the area. Officer Shields spoke with the alleged hunter and found that he was unfamiliar with the simple basics of hunting and had never purchased a hunting or fishing license in the State of Ohio. Further investigation revealed the man also had several warrants for his arrest. Officer Shields was able to confirm the location of the man and asked that a Logan County Deputy respond to the residence. The man was later arrested by a Deputy for his outstanding warrants.

This spring, State Wildlife Officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, was on patrol along Griggs Reservoir in Franklin County. When asked to present a fishing license, an individual stated his license was in his vehicle. Officer Teders escorted the individual back to his vehicle. While in the parking lot, the individual stated that he did not have a fishing license. Officer Teders contacted dispatch to verify the man’s information and was advised that the individual had a felony arrest warrant. Columbus Police were contacted and the man was placed under arrest and transported to the Franklin County Jail on the arrest warrant.

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

In April 2017, State Wildlife Officer Patrick Muldovan, assigned to Licking County, and State Wildlife Officer Nathan Kaufmann, assigned to Huron County, were checking walleye anglers in Ottawa County when they contacted three out-of-state fishermen who were just coming back in from Lake Erie. The fishermen explained they had also been out fishing earlier in the day, but had not caught any fish, and had returned in the afternoon and caught their limit of four walleye per person. They stated that they had also caught a total of eight walleye the day before. The officers were suspicious of this explanation, since most anglers they spoke with that day had caught their limit that morning. The officers asked to see the fish that had been caught the day before. The fishermen said the fish were at their hotel in the refrigerator, but when officers arrived, they did not find any fish. The anglers advised that the hotel room must have been broken into and the fish stolen. After further investigation, the officers were able to locate the fish, which had been hidden, along with additional fish the anglers had not previously mentioned. The suspects were each issued a summons for keeping four walleye over the daily bag limit. Each paid a $458 in fines and court costs and had their fishing license revoked for one year.

Ohio Hunters Checked more than 21,000 Wild Turkeys during Spring Season

COLUMBUS — Ohio hunters checked a total of 21,015 wild turkeys during the combined 2017 spring wild turkey south zone hunting season; northeast zone hunting season; and the youth wild turkey hunting season, April 22-May 28, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). In 2016, hunters checked a total of 17,793 wild turkeys.

Hunters checked 19,095 birds during the 2017 wild turkey south zone and northeast zone hunting seasons compared to 16,229 birds in 2016. Youth hunters checked 1,920 birds during the 2017 youth season compared to 1,564 in 2016.

Ohio’s 2017 spring wild turkey season was open from Monday, April 24, to Sunday, May 21, in the south zone and from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 28, in the northeast zone. The youth season was April 22-23. Hunters can view the 2017 spring turkey season zone map and harvest regulations at wildohio.gov.

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 1966 in nine 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, and Ohio hunters checked more than 20,000 wild turkeys for the first time that year.

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.

Editor’s Note: A list of all wild turkeys checked during the 2017 combined spring turkey hunting seasons is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2017, and the 2016 numbers are in parentheses. An * designates a northeast zone county, which was open to wild turkey hunting through Sunday, May 28. Harvest numbers below are raw data and are subject to change.

Adams: 503 (432); Allen: 91 (89); Ashland: 275 (202); Ashtabula*: 648 (569); Athens: 409 (363); Auglaize: 60 (50); Belmont: 532 (491); Brown: 425 (347); Butler: 189 (166); Carroll: 448 (322); Champaign: 89 (95); Clark: 17 (15); Clermont: 418 (396); Clinton: 45 (40); Columbiana: 332 (361); Coshocton: 649 (418); Crawford: 75 (74); Cuyahoga*: 10 (12); Darke: 45 (40); Defiance: 291 (324); Delaware: 102 (111); Erie: 57 (55); Fairfield: 130 (102); Fayette: 15 (26); Franklin: 23 (21); Fulton: 140 (120); Gallia: 472 (418); Geauga*: 247 (264); Greene: 24 (16); Guernsey: 564 (428); Hamilton: 107 (117); Hancock: 52 (53); Hardin: 86 (87); Harrison: 550 (425); Henry: 58 (72); Highland: 456 (387); Hocking: 379 (309); Holmes: 376 (217); Huron: 170 (113); Jackson: 447 (347); Jefferson: 402 (410); Knox: 436 (285); Lake*: 87 (54); Lawrence: 293 (274); Licking: 418 (281); Logan: 137 (141); Lorain: 165 (141); Lucas: 67 (60); Madison: 6 (13); Mahoning: 231 (228); Marion: 37 (35); Medina: 172 (138); Meigs: 533 (419); Mercer: 20 (21); Miami: 24 (20); Monroe: 592 (508); Montgomery: 19 (18); Morgan: 426 (308); Morrow: 181 (174); Muskingum: 612 (462); Noble: 482 (349); Ottawa: 1 (3); Paulding: 113 (126); Perry: 390 (260); Pickaway: 19 (26); Pike: 300 (278); Portage: 289 (205); Preble: 93 (114); Putnam: 66 (87); Richland: 347 (280); Ross: 389 (350); Sandusky: 21 (25); Scioto: 299 (270); Seneca: 179 (141); Shelby: 46 (50); Stark: 338 (281); Summit: 57 (65); Trumbull*: 408 (464); Tuscarawas: 674 (429); Union: 59 (48); Van Wert: 22 (27); Vinton: 360 (306); Warren: 95 (101); Washington: 544 (466); Wayne: 145 (106); Williams: 283 (313); Wood: 24 (36); Wyandot: 108 (103). Total: 21,015 (17,793).

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