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Learn the Basics of Trapping

Free workshops for beginners

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

Workshops will be held at multiple locations across the state. In Northwest Ohio, a workshop will be held at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area on October 28-29. Magee Marsh is located at 13229 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor 43449.

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 by October 23. For class times and to register please call Doug Lee at 419-333-6653. 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.

Comment Period Extended for Native Hardwoods Restoration

Initiative at Mohican-Memorial State Forest

COLUMBUS, OH – Interested stakeholders now have until Monday, Nov. 6, to submit comments related to forest management activities associated with the Mohican native hardwoods restoration initiative for Mohican-Memorial State Forest. Then all comments will be considered as the plans are finalized, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The proposed addendum to Mohican-Memorial State Forest’s five-year forest management plan calling for the restoration of native hardwoods in parts of the forest was presented by the ODNR Division of Forestry on Aug. 21. The division is extending the comment period, which was scheduled to close on Sept 30, to provide stakeholders with additional time to ask questions and share their comments.

Mohican-Memorial State Forest’s proposed addendum to the forest’s five-year forest management plan is posted on the ODNR website at forestry.ohiodnr.gov/rnhi_mohican. This website also provides an opportunity for interested parties to ask questions that the ODNR Division of Forestry staff can review and answer.

Comments regarding the proposed addendum can also be sent or emailed to:

Mohican-Memorial State Forest:

945 ODNR Mohican Road 60

Perrysville, OH 44864



The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote and apply management for the sustainable use and protection of Ohio’s private and public forest lands. State forests are managed for multiple uses, including wildlife, habitats for threatened and endangered species, recreation opportunities, timber products, demonstration for private forest owners, and soil and water protection.

Free Deer Field Dressing Workshop in Columbus

COLUMBUS, OH – Outdoors enthusiasts interested in learning to field dress and butcher their own white-tailed deer are encouraged to attend a free informational workshop provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife on Wednesday November 8th, Trained professionals will cover topics such as field dressing, skinning and butchering deer.

The workshop will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Wildlife District One Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, 43215. The workshop is free of charge. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register by calling Derek Klein at 614-644-3925, or email Derek.Klein@dnr.state.oh.us. The course takes place outdoors and is hands on. Please dress appropriately for the workshop and for the weather.

For information on Ohio’s deer seasons, please 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.

October 10, 2017 field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife officers


Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers

Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

While on patrol at Big Island Wildlife Area, State Wildlife Officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, observed two hunters walking along the marsh. He asked the men about their hunt, and one of the men stated that while neither man had made a kill, he had shot at a goose and missed. While Officer Grote checked for licenses, stamps, and proper equipment, the hunter produced three shotgun shells. All three shells were lead shot. The hunter was issued a summons for possession of toxic shot while hunting waterfowl. He was found guilty in Marion Municipal Court and paid $188 in fines and court costs.

While on patrol at Kokosing Wildlife Area in Knox County, State Wildlife Officer Michael Budd, assigned to Knox County, came across a garbage pile that had been dumped on the property. There were approximately 15 bags of trash, a broken chair, a bed mattress and box springs, and a suitcase. Through the course of the investigation, Officer Budd was able to identify the owners of the material. During the interview, it was discovered the owners of the trash had paid a man to haul the trash out of their garage. The owners presented Officer Budd an online conversation between them and a suspect, which showed the suspect had agreed to take the trash for a set price. Later, the suspect was questioned about the incident, and admitted to taking the trash from the owners, but not to dumping it on the wildlife area. The suspect had a previous litter charge in Knox County. He was charged with littering, was found guilty, and sentenced to 10 days in jail, 2 years community control, and was ordered to pay a $140 fine and $369 in restitution to the state.


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