The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 3, 2014

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Hunting, fishing, trapping licenses on sale

For the Star Beacon

— Ohio’s 2014-15 fishing, hunting and trapping licenses became available for purchase beginning Feb. 22, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Ohio’s 2014-15 licenses will be valid immediately upon purchase through Feb. 28, 2015. White-tailed deer and fall wild turkey hunting permits will go on sale later this year.

The prices for Ohio’s hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and permits are unchanged from 2013-14.

Licenses and permits can be purchased online at and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at Mobile fishing licenses are now available.

Ohio’s 2014-15 licenses include a transaction receipt and effective dates that match the fishing, hunting or trapping season. Licenses and permits are printed on plain white paper that is not waterproof. Licenses and permits will be printed with additional information relevant to the license or permit purchased.

Limit reduction

Anglers are reminded that the daily limits for walleye were reduced beginning March 1, according to the Division of Wildlife. Beginning March 1, anglers fishing the Ohio waters of Lake Erie are only take 4 walleye per day and the size limit of 15 inches remains in effect.

With so many ice anglers fishing Lake Erie this winter, the Division of Wildlife wants to remind people to be aware of the change. Anglers who fish Lake Erie tributaries in the spring are accustomed to the change. However, it has been several years since ice anglers have had the opportunity to be out during this time period.

“We just want to get the word out to anglers that the daily limit will be reduced beginning Saturday, March 1,” Kevin Newsome, Wildlife Officer Supervisor said. “There are a lot of anglers from throughout Ohio and other states coming up to Lake Erie and we want them to know about the change.”

Through April 30, 2014 the daily bag limit on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie for any combination of walleye, sauger and saugeye is 4 with a minimum size restriction of 15 inches. The daily bag limit has been 6 since last May. Anglers are encouraged to review the Ohio Fishing Regulations for additional information and regulations.

Regulations from May 1, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015 will be set later this spring after the Lake Erie Committee meeting. For more information about fishing Lake Erie or Ohio’s fishing regulations visit the Division of Wildlife’s website at

Trinity Triumph

Trinity Stevens a 12-year-old young lady who attends Braden Junior High School and is in the 7th grade, harvested her first deer this past archery season.  

It began like this.

Her hunt started out the evening of Sept. 29, 2013 with her and her dad, Loren Stevens, suiting up for the hunt. They put on their camo and sprayed down with Scent Away Advanced Formula and Apples. They arrived at their tree stand around 5:30 p.m. and climbed into their 2-person ladder stand.

Happy hour

It was a picture-perfect day sunny with very little wind. At about 6 p.m., Trinity heard a noise behind her. She slowly looked back over my left shoulder and saw a buck. He was being very cautious as he walked around to her left, smelling the air and looking around. Trinity was very excited about the fact that she spotted him before Dad noticed him.

The waiting game

Trinity remained very still waiting for him to finally come in front of her and turn broadside. He slowly approached and finally turned broadside, she placed her crossbow sights on him and took her shot; it felt good... he was only out at about 15 yards.

Great shot

Come to find out it was a good shot, in fact it was a great shot the buck only went 20 yards and dropped. Now not only was her buck tag filled but also she won a bet with her grandpa over who would get the first deer, sorry grandpa you loose.

Well-rounded young lady

Just so you don’t think Trinity is one of the ol’ redneck gals she has several other hobbies that make her a well-rounded young lady. Some of those hobbies being, ballet, tap, swimming, tennis, theater, fishing, drawing, reading, and playing her harp.

Trinity’s stats

Trinity Stevens harvested her first deer ever which just happened to be a 4-point buck on Sept. 29, 2013 at 6:20 p.m. while hunting with her father, Loren, in Kingsville. She was using a Horton Supreme SL 150 pound draw weight crossbow powered by a Horton bolt and tipped with a Rage 2 blade mechanical 100-grain broadhead.

She arrowed him at 15 yards and he only traveled another 20 before expiring. Trinity and her dad, Loren, where sitting in a two-person ladder stand wearing Woodland camo using apple scent as an attractant and her buck weighed in at about 130 pounds field dressed. She checked in via the Ohio Internet checking system.

Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.


Turkey Seminar: Last week I blew it, folks. I put the wrong date in for this. My fault and I take complete blame for it, so write it down, the correct date is March 8 at 7 p.m. there will be a Turkey calling seminar featuring Matt Van Cise at the Jefferson Eagles Club, located at 133 South Spruce St. in Jefferson. Matt is a World Champion Turkey Caller with such notable titles as 7-time NWTF Grand National Champion, 6-time World Champion, 3-time U.S. Open Champion as well as North American and Mid America Champion. Tickets are $10 per person and every entry ticket will be entered into the door prize drawing. Tickets do not have to be purchased in advance they can be purchased at the door. Other prizes and raffles will be available. To purchase tickets call Cathy Maylish at 812-6146 or Cathie Wagner at 536-1795. All proceeds raised will go to benefit the Jefferson baseball program’s fund raising efforts.

Wild Game Dinner: On March 13, the Men’s Ministries of the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene will be holding it’s 49th annual Venison Dinner. Guest speaker this year will be Dr. Angelo DeVivo. The dinner begins at 6 and the cost of a ticket is $12 per person. Tickets and can be purchased ONLY at Shelatz Appliance Repair and Sales on Wall Street in Jefferson. Anybody able to donate some of their deer harvest from this year will be given a free dinner ticket and a $10 gas card. Deer donations can be made by taking the animal to Ellsworth Deer Processing on Route 7 in Williamsfield, south of Route 322. If you any questions or need further information, call Dan Hines at 645-8889.

Try It B4 You Buy It: Amboy Rifle Club will be holding the ever-popular “Try It B4 You Buy It” pistol-shooting event on March 29, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Amboy Rifle Club, located at 100 Hawthorne Drive in Conneaut. The purpose of this event is to give prospective gun owners or those who might be considering another caliber handgun the chance to “Try It B4 You Buy It”. You will be able to actually shoot up to 3 different firearms, 5 shots from each in various calibers that you choose, .22, .380, 38spl, 9mm, .40 and .45 calibers. There will also be various makes and models there to choose from Glock, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Kimber, Walther, Sig Sauer and H&K. Cost is $20 per participant preregistered and $25 the day of the event. FMI, call Dennis Woodard at 645-9698 or go to

Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at