The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

February 27, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Public comments welcome

Individuals being encouraged to give feedback on many wildlife issues

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.

    

Fish restoration

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!      

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