By DALE SUNDERLIN
For the Star Beacon
On Jan. 9, the Ohio Wildlife Council received potential dates for the upcoming fall hunting seasons, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists proposed that several traditional hunting dates be utilized for 2013-14.
Sept. 1 is the proposed start date for Ohio’s fall squirrel and dove hunting seasons. Upland game hunting seasons for cottontail rabbit, ring-necked pheasant and bobwhite quail are proposed to start Nov. 1, the first Friday in November. Fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum and weasel hunting and trapping are proposed to start Nov. 10.
ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists proposed that cottontail rabbit hunting restrictions be removed in the snowshoe hare protected area in Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Remaining snowshoe hares are still protected as a state-endangered species and it remains illegal to kill them in Ohio.
Proposed open counties for quail hunting include Adams, Athens, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Jackson, Meigs, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Warren.
Youth upland game seasons are proposed statewide for two weekends: Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27.
Proposed 2014 wild turkey season dates are April 21-May 18, and the proposed 2014 youth wild turkey season is April 19-20.
Proposals concerning Ohio’s white-tailed deer and fall wild turkey hunting season will be heard at the next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Open houses will be held Saturday, March 2 at the state’s five wildlife district offices, the Lake Erie Fairport office and the Old Woman Creek Reserve office in Huron to give the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with the ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. For Ohioans who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at wildohio.com. The online form will be available until March. Directions to the open houses can be found at wildohio.com or by calling 800-945-3543.
A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 7 at 9 a.m. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its April 3 meeting.
Pisces Fisheries Inc. of Wheatley, Ontario, was fined $5,000 for fishing illegally in Ohio waters, according to the ODNR. Pisces Fisheries was sentenced by the Ottawa County Municipal Court in Port Clinton on Dec. 21, 2012, by Magistrate Louis P. Wargo III.
“This was a great multi-agency response,” said Gino Barna, ODNR Division of Wildlife law supervisor for the Lake Erie Law Enforcement Unit. “Gill nets have not been a major issue on Lake Erie in recent years because of the cooperation with other agencies. Because of this support network, incidents like this do not go undetected, and Ohio’s resources are better protected.”
The charges were the result of the Adco II, a gill net tug owned by Pisces Fisheries, fishing with gill nets in Ohio waters on two separate occasions. On May 5, 2012, the ODNR Division of Wildlife, with the assistance of the U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station Marblehead and ODNR Division of Watercraft, five nets belonging to the Adco II were found in Ohio waters north of North Bass Island.
On May 9, 2012, five more nets set by the Adco II were found by the U.S. Border Patrol south of Middle Sister Island in Ohio waters. The USCG monitored the nets throughout the night and boarded the Adco II the following morning.
Wildlife investigators from the Lake Erie Law Enforcement Unit investigated the incidents. Two charges were filed for possessing gill nets in Ohio, and two charges were filed for fishing with commercial nets in Ohio without a commercial license.
The use of gill nets is not a legal method for taking fish in Ohio. Although commercial fishermen may use other types of nets, such as trap nets and seines, gill nets were outlawed in Ohio in 1983.
Anyone who observes or suspects wildlife violations are occurring may report illegal activity by calling the Turn-In-A-Poacher (TIP) hotline toll free at 1-800-POACHER.
The ODNR is requesting the state’s waterfowl hunters provide input on the timing of the 2013-14 fall waterfowl hunting seasons and the locations where they prefer to hunt.
ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists are seeking input from Ohio waterfowl hunters through an online survey so season dates and opportunities can be matched to the preferences of as many hunters as possible within federal guidelines.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife survey will be available Jan. 22-Feb. 15 at wildohio.com. Hunters need to provide their customer identification number to participate in the survey. The customer identification number is found on all Ohio hunting and fishing licenses or at wildohio.com in the Wild Ohio Customer Center by clicking on the Manage Your Customer Account link.
Customers without Internet access can call 800-945-3543 and take the survey from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the dates when the survey is open. Phone survey participants will also need their customer identification number.
Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp customers who purchased a hunting license and provided a valid email address will receive an invitation to take the survey in an effort to increase awareness and participation. Stamp customers need to provide a customer identification number to participate in the survey.
Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp customers who wish to provide an email address to receive future invitations may sign up at wildohio.com in the Wild Ohio Customer Center.
The Ohio Wildlife Council will establish 2013-2014 waterfowl season dates in August after federal guidelines are provided. Similar information was solicited by the ODNR Division of Wildlife from Ohio waterfowl hunters and used to set the 2012-13 hunting season dates.
23 executive orders
For those of you who have been wondering, here they are, the 23 executive orders signed by Mr. Obama as reported by the Washington Times:
1.Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rule making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a Department of Justice report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate a new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
12. Provide law enforcement, first-responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun-safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors from asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school-resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental-health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on mental health.
The views posted here are the views and opinions of this author and in no way are a representation of this newspaper or any of its affiliates.
Do any of them make any sense, no? Will any of them stop the gun violence in our schools, no? Will any of them stop the bad guys from getting gun, no? But what they will do is come with a price tag of at least 5.0 billion dollars, which includes forcing the taxpayers to foot the bill for their anti-gun rights research.
Among the executive actions signed are directions instructing doctors on how to inquire about the guns their patients have in their homes and how to report threats of violence to law enforcement, reports on so-called “smart gun” technology, funding for anti-gun rights research and more.
As it is with most things in federal government, the devil will be found in the details of these new orders.
As of last Thursday we have another threat to our 2nd Amendment to worry about, Diane Feinstein and her personal attack on our freedom to own certain types of firearms. Senator Fienstein has proposed the prohibition of 157 rifles, including the Bushmaster XM-15 that Adam Lanza in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. As soon as I find out what that list consists of I will print it also but as of this writing I cannot find anything on it.
Her proposed law would also outlaw ammunition magazines with a capacity above 10 rounds. Again I refer you to the first paragraph under MY Call. Her “wanna be” law will hold about as much water in stopping the violence as a seining net at Harpersfield Dam trying to catch minnows. I know that’s a poor analogy but I couldn’t come up with anything else.
All kidding aside, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for all law-abiding firearms owners to step up to the microphone and be heard. Do not let apathy set in and rule your actions. If we don’t let our elected officials know how we feel, we will loose.
Call, write, email, your senators, Congress persons and your state representatives. Tell them we need to fix the system we have not encumber law-abiding citizens with more unnecessary political rhetoric.
Remember, pass it on or we may not have it to pass on.
Several Wild Game Dinners are scheduled, here’s a list of the ones I know of:
Peoples Church, Feb. 23, 2013. Call 466-2020 for more information.
Jefferson Nazarene, March 14, 2013. Call 576-6556 for more information.
As of Jan. 22, the deer harvest stats for Ashtabula County and some surrounding counties are as follows:
Ashtabula — Bucks taken 1,610, does taken 2615, button bucks 702 — Total 4,927.
Geauga — Bucks taken 603, does taken 1144, button bucks taken 301 — Total 2,057.
Lake —Bucks taken 302, does taken 532, button bucks taken 129 — Total 963.
Trumbull — Bucks taken 1,114, does taken 1,764, button bucks taken 625 — Total 3,503.
State — Bucks 80,236, does 110,079, button buck 25,604 — Total 215,919.
Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at email@example.com.