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March 24, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Let’s talk some turkey!

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Timber companies

But don’t just figure your search is complete with a state agency. Other sources of finding public hunting opportunities lie with large timber companies such as International Paper or Mead/Westvaco. While more and more, these companies only lease land to hunt clubs or the state, some do still allow interested hunters to purchase passes that will let them hunt some tracts of company-owned land.

Ask the Feds

Another great place to check is with large military bases or federal government facilities. Many bases in rural areas take up thousands of acres used periodically by the military for training exercises or sit unused for future military needs. As such, many of them provide hunting to those willing to secure a permit.

To find out if a military base or federal installation near you has hunting opportunities, contact the base’s public information office, which will be able to provide you with the info you will need to obtain access and take part in some of the great hunting these areas can provide.

If all else fails...

If none of these pan out for ya, get in your truck, drive around the rural and farm areas until you find a likely spot and start knocking on doors. You might be surprised how receptive land owners are if you present yourself in a respectable manner. Good luck and good hunting.

Caution when burning

Ohioans are urged to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this spring, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April and May. Burning is limited in the spring due to the abundance of dry fuel on the ground before small, grassy fuels green up with moisture. Winds can make a seemingly safe fire burn more intensely and escape control.

“We often wait until spring for cleaning chores, and many residents burn their unwanted debris,” said Robert Boyles, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry.

“Unfortunately, some of these fires unintentionally escape control and cause wildfires, which result in significant property damage, personal injury and occasionally even loss of life.”

If a fire does escape control, immediately contact the local fire department. An escaped wildfire, even one burning in grass or weeds, is dangerous. Violators of Ohio’s burning regulations are subject to citations and fines. Residents should also check the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations and consult with local fire officials about burning conditions.

The ODNR Division of Forestry offers these safety tips for burning debris outdoors:

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