The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is holding open house meetings in all five districts to discuss season dates and bag limits of game species, which will include Ohio’s most popular game animal, the white-tailed deer. The meetings will be Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and are open to the public.
“Anyone interested in providing input and participating in Ohio’s professional wildlife management process is welcome to attend,” said Scott Zody, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “Each open house location will have a fish and wildlife biologist as well as law enforcement officers available to answer questions.”
Public input gathered at these open houses will be forwarded to the division’s central office and considered during the formulation of regulations.
For more information or directions to the open houses, visit the Division of Wildlife’s website at wildohio.com or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).
Open House Location Information for March 3:
- Central Ohio — Wildlife District One Office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, (614) 644-3925
- Northwest Ohio — Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, (419) 424-5000
- Northeast Ohio — Wildlife District Three Office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, (330) 644-2293
- Southeast Ohio — Wildlife District Four Office, 360 E. State Street, Athens, (740) 589-9930
- Southwest Ohio — Greene County Fish and Game Club, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, (937) 372-9261
A statewide hearing on all proposed rules will be held on Thursday, March 8, at 9 a.m. at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. This hearing is open to the public and input is permitted. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during the April 4 meeting.
A few weeks back, in order to educate you on where your sportsmen tax dollars go, I gave you a summary of the Pitman-Robertson Act. In an endeavor not to neglect the fisherman I did a some research on a little know area that affects all you anglers out there.
The Dingle-Johnson and the Wallop-Breaux Amendment also know as The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, commonly referred to as the Dingle-Johnson Act. Adopted by Congress on Aug. 9, 1950,it was modeled after the Pittman-Robertson Act, aimed at creating a similar program for the management, conservation, and restoration of fishery resources.
Funds to support the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration programs are received from excise taxes on fishing equipment, fish finders, motorboat fuels, small engine fuels, and import duties.
State agencies that sell fishing licenses are the only entities eligible to receive grant funds. Each state’s share is based 60 percent on the number of its licensed anglers (fishermen) and 40 percent on the size of its land and water area. Program funds are used by state fish and wildlife agencies for sport fish management, boating access, and aquatic education projects.
I want to emphasize that the Dingle-Johnson Act just like the Pittman-Robertson Act is a self imposed tax we the sportsmen and women of the United States voted for and obliged ourselves to pay each and every time we purchase a rod and reel, spinner bait or dipsy diver. We, the sportsmen support our sport. We are the only true conservationists of the world. Now let’s see, when was the last time that any of the tree huggin’ anti’s could make a statement like that!
Public fishing opportunities will be enhanced this spring when more than 96,000 rainbow trout will be released into 61 Ohio lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The releasing of the rainbow trout, which are 10 to 13 inches long, will occur between March 8 and mid-May. Anglers are reminded the daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout. Anglers should also know there will no longer be fall catchable trout releases. Beginning in 2012, all catchable trout releases have been shifted to the spring season.
Some locations will feature special, youth-only angler events on the day of the scheduled releases. Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish the state’s public waters. Once the youth-only events have concluded, all other anglers may fish. Contact the nearest district office for specific information.
The 2012-13 fishing license will be available March 1. The license will be valid March 1 through Feb. 28, 2013. An annual resident fishing license costs $19. A one-day fishing license is available and may be purchased for $11 by residents and non-residents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit toward purchase of an annual fishing license.
Ohio residents born on or before Dec. 31, 1937, may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. Persons age 66 and older who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1938, and have resided in Ohio for the past six months are eligible to purchase the reduced cost resident senior license for $10.
Additional information about spring trout releases is available by calling toll free at 800-WILDLIFE. Information is also available from Division of Wildlife district offices in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay and Xenia.
How about a quick hunting tip. If you’re a bowhunter and are putting your equipment away for the year, watch out for your broadheads. Broadheads lying loose in a box can cut you in an instant and badly. But if you’re like most hunters, you really don’t want to take them apart to store them for the winter.
With the popularity of digital photography, film canisters are getting hard to come by; but your local photography store still can be a good source for some freebies. Drill a small hole in the lid of the film canister and insert the threaded end of your broadhead into the lid hole from the under side.
Then put the broadhead into the film canister and snap on the lid. Some large broadheads might require a longer or fatter canister. Prescription pill bottles can work the same way for those larger broadheads.
This years Maple Country NWTF Coyote Open didn’t go quite as well as last years but everyone seemed to agree that the only good coyote is a dead coyote. As a result of what a few of the participants called a mix up in the timing, date wise, of the hunt they only had two yotes come in for scoring and they were both from the same team.
The outcome was pretty obvious that team Evangelista / Allen won all the categories. Their No. 1 dog weighed in at 29.00 pounds and dog No. 2 tipped the scales at 37.04 pounds, both taken out of Lake County, respectable song dogs considering the hunting conditions.
Shawn (Evangelista) was using a .22-250 Savage bolt actions porting a Simmons 3X9-50 scope while Dave (Allen) toted a Remington R-15 topped with a Nikon Coyote Special scope. Both hunters shared a Fox Pro Digital call with best results gotten from the female invite call.
Their strategy was cold calling from the roadside. Once they located the dogs they would then get permission from the property owner to set up on them. Shawn made the comment that once you tell a land owner you’re hunting coyote’s they’re usually extremely receptive when it comes to signing your permission slip, very seldom do we get turned down.
Both dogs were shot on the Saturday morning of the hunt, Feb. 18, 2012. Shawn said they were running together when they dropped the lead one. The other took off and they stopped it with a bark and harvested it as well.
Both Dave and Scott agreed that if the hunt would have been held during the full moon phase the results would have been a lot better. Coyotes are really active during the full moon due to the fact that they can see their prey much easier. And if you get a full moon during the first few weeks of February when their breeding well let’s just say that’s some awesome yote hunting.
Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.
Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.