The ODNR Division of Wildlife will offer special opportunities for young hunters seeking wild turkeys this spring. In addition to the statewide youth turkey hunting days April 20 and 21 on both public and private lands, the Division of Wildlife will be holding a drawing on Saturday, April 13, for a special, controlled turkey hunting opportunity within the refuge portion of the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area.
Hunting dates are on Saturdays and Sundays only, from April 20 through May 19. A total of 30 names will be drawn. Hunters 17 years and under must be present in order to participate in the drawing and must bring a valid 2013 hunting license.
Interested youngsters must attend the drawing which will be held at the East Holmes Sportsmen’s Club, located 2.5 miles southeast of Millersburg on Township Road 310. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the drawing will begin at 1 p.m. The drawing will coincide with a National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Jakes Day event sponsored by local chapters of the NWTF. Please dress for the weather.
For questions regarding the drawing call Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area at (330) 567-3390 or call Wildlife District Three in Akron at (330) 644-2293.
No CWD in Ohio
The ODNR and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced today that testing of Ohio’s deer herd found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.
According to the ODNR, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 519 samples in 2012. For the 11th consecutive year, all samples were negative for CWD. Since CWD was first discovered in the late 1960s in the western United States, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.
Since 2002, the ODNR Division of Wildlife, in conjunction with the ODA Division of Animal Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife and Veterinary Services, has conducted surveillance throughout the state for CWD. While CWD has never been found in Ohio’s deer herd, it had been diagnosed in wild and captive deer, moose, or elk in 22 states and two Canadian provinces. Since CWD was discovered in the western United States in the late 1960s, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife continues to carefully monitor the health of Ohio’s wild deer herd throughout the year. Visit www.ohioagriculture.gov or www.wildohio.com for the latest information on CWD or the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance at www.cwd-info.org. All CWD testing is performed at the ODA Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.