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Muzzleloader deer numbers down statewide
Ohio hunters braved record-setting cold temperatures and howling winds to harvest 16,464 white-tailed deer during the state’s four-day muzzleloader season, January 4th-7th, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 21,555 deer were harvested. The extreme cold that moved across the state during the final two days of the season did not deter some hunters as more than 3,800 deer were checked on Monday and Tuesday. Logan County (Indian Lake) harvested 130 deer down from 182 last year.
Muzzleloaders are traditional hunting implements that emphasize accuracy and the value of the first shot. The popularity of muzzleloading rifles for hunting and target shooting continues to grow. Types of muzzleloaders include flintlock, percussion cap, in-line percussion, and muzzleloading shotgun. Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. Hunters have harvested more than 185,000 deer so far in the 2013-2014 hunting seasons. Ohio’s deer-archery season is open through Sunday, February 2nd.
Article by Bill Tipple

Ohio deer hunters donate 58,500 pounds of venison to local food banks.
Ohio hunters donated 1,170 white-tailed deer to local food banks to benefit Ohioans in need during the 2013 hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). To date, food banks have received approximately 58,500 pounds of venison and 234,000 meals for needy Ohioans. One processed deer amounts to approximately 50 pounds of venison and 200 meals.

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in hunter-donated venison, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Nationally, hunters provided more than 11 million meals to people in need.

Wild venison is among the most nutritious meats available. The meat is lean with little fat content and it is high in protein and iron. Wild venison has no additives or hormones, and is low in calories, fat and cholesterol when properly prepared.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife collaborates with FHFH to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. The program allows for subsidy grants to be provided in allotments that are matched with funds generated or collected by local Ohio FHFH chapters.

Venison donated to participating food banks must be processed by a federal, state or locally inspected and insured meat processor. Hunters wishing to donate their deer are not required to pay for the processing of the venison as long as the program has available funds.

Ohio has 77 participating meat processors and 33 FHFH local chapters. Anyone interested in becoming a local program coordinator or a participating meat processor can go to fhfh.org and click on the Local FHFH tab. The website includes a list of coordinators, participating butchers and the counties they serve.

Hunters can also donate venison through Safari Club International’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Learn more at safariclubfoundation.org. Whitetails Unlimited chapters also use local funds for programs such as venison donation. Go to whitetailsunlimited.com to find a local chapter and make a donation.
Artical posted by WPKO

Deer harvest numbers are down this season.
Logan county (Indian Lake) harvested 653 white-tail deer this week, down from 755 for the same season in 2012.
Deer hunting in Ohio continues to be a popular activity for many who enjoy the outdoors. Ohio hunters checked 218,910 deer during the 2012-2013 season. Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has announced a muzzleloader deer season for the state this month. The season will open statewide starting January 5. It will run through January 8.

Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. Hunters have harvested 162,720 deer so far in the 2013 hunting seasons, compared to 171,867 at the same point last year, a 5 percent difference. The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists. This ensures that Ohio’s deer herd is maintained at a level that is both acceptable to most, and biologically sound.
Information provided by Bill Tipple

Venison Donated....
The ODNR Division of Wildlife collaborates with FHFH (Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry ) to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. The program allows for subsidy grants to be provided in allotments that are matched with funds generated or collected by local Ohio FHFH chapters. The division subsidized this year's FHFH operation as an additional deer management tool, helping wildlife managers encourage hunters to harvest more does. Venison donated to participating food banks must be processed by a federal, state or locally inspected and insured meat processor. Hunters wishing to donate their deer are not required to pay for the processing of the venison as long as the program has available funds.

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A few facts - Ohio hunters are very important to the preservation of wild life. Proceeds from hunting licenses all go to the Division of Wildlife. Since natural predators are gone due to urbanization, hunters keep wild life in check.

This year's popular week long deer-gun season, which ran Nov. 28th through December 4th produced fewer checked deer than last year. Adverse weather conditions at the beginning of the week took a toll on the numbers. Logan county (Indian Lake area) hunters checked 760 deer down 85 from last year.

Hunters who wish to share their success can submit a photo of themselves and the deer they killed this year to webmaster@indianlake.com.
 
The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks 8th nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.
 
Ohio's first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties, when hunters harvested 168 deer. In 1956, deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties and hunters killed 3,911 deer during that one-week season.

December 17th and 18th deer-gun harvest was up in Logan County. Hunters havested an additional 16,766 deer across the state. In Logan County, hunters took 200 deer this year over the 188 last year.

Logan County youth deer-gun deer harvest was up this year. This year's two day hunting season for hunters 17 years old and younger harvested 8,681 deer as compared to 8,445 last year. The Division of Wildlife estimated 60,000 young hunters participated this year.All participants were required to wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio hunting license and deer permit, and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a safe and excellent early hunting experience for young hunters. Special days are also set aside for upland game, wild turkey, and waterfowl hunting opportunities.In Logan County 103 deer were checked and tagged by young hunters compared to 94 last year. Indianlake.com would like to post deer photos. Please include your name and location. Email photos to webmaster@indianlake.com

Wow! Elk taken at Indian Lake!
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This elk was taken on 12/1/10 at Indian Lake by two long time hunting buddies Fred Smith of Elida and Tom Howell of St. Mary's .the animal weighed approximately 425 to 475 pounds on the hoof. Sspecial thanks to David Davis for Helping these two old guys drag this animal out of the woods /swamp. also thanks to Adam smith ODNR Wildlife officer (Logan county) for instructing us on how to handle this matter. We really thought it was a huge doe until it was running away from us. Also thanks to Craig Barr ODNR Wildlife officer (Allen county) for letting me bring it to your house for an official identification. Thanks neighbor.
Fred Smith

Ohio hunters and trappers preparing to pursue furbearers will find good populations of these animals during the 2010-2011 season, which begins for most furbearing species on November 10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. "Food sources and habitat conditions for furbearers have been good this year across Ohio," said Suzie Prange, wildlife biologist with the Division of Wildlife. "Fur takers can expect a good season." For the sixth year, 43 counties will be open for river otter trapping from December 26 to February 28. River otters were reintroduced into four Ohio watersheds between 1986 and 1993 and have increased their range in the state. They were removed from the state endangered species list in 2002. Full details of open counties, checking and permit requirements can be found in the Ohio River. Otter Trapping Regulations

Ohio's beaver-trapping season runs December 26 to February 28, 2011, statewide. There are no daily bag limits or restrictions on hours when furbearers may be hunted or trapped, with the exception of river otters where bag limits are dependent on the county where the trapping occurs. Special hunting regulations for coyotes apply during the one-week statewide deer-gun season November 29-December 5, and the deer-gun weekend of December 18-19. Ohio is among the nation's leading producers of raw furs. Currently, there are 70 licensed fur dealers and more than 11,000 licensed fur takers in the state. Information from ODNR website. See photos of past hunting sucesses below.


New Indian Lake Beaver Trapping Record!
Written by Doug Loehr
Saturday, 03 January 2009 00:00
If one goes back 150 years, fur trapping and collecting animal pelts provided a pretty good living for those who lived off the land. Beaver trapping, for example, provided a good income for many people. But then along comes “progress” and eventually much of the frontier is inhabited which forces wild game to look for residence elsewhere.

81 pound beaver trapped at Indian Lake
Mike Taylor of Bellefontaine captured this 81- pound beaver Dec. 27 using a conibear trap in a gravel pit near Indian Lake.
EXAMINER PHOTO | DOUG LOEHR

Beavers have made a strong comeback. So strong, in fact, they are becoming a problem at many of Ohio’s lakes, rivers and reservoirs, and around ponds or slow moving streams bordered by stands of small trees. In addition, evidence is highly noticeable everywhere boaters look around Indian Lake, and wading fishermen who fish the Mad River in Logan and Champaign counties.
One Logan County trapper who has taken advantage of the beaver abundance is Mike Taylor of Bellefontaine. He has trapped the beavers for the last several years finding success about 100 times. But when the season opened Dec. 26, he didn’t have to wait more than a full day to capture the largest beaver of his life.

“This beaver weighs 81 pounds, and I caught it in a conibear trap Saturday (Dec. 27) in a gravel pit only a few short yards from residents around Indian Lake,” Mr. Taylor said. “A good beaver pelt will bring between $30-$40 from area fur buyers, but I’ve already been offered many times that amount and it hasn’t even been skinned out yet. As big as this one is I think I’m just going to keep it.”

Beavers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, live to be about 10-years-old, with an average weight of 35-40 pounds, with some as large as 70 pounds. They forage on bark and twigs from trees such as aspen, poplar, maple, and cottonwood, as well as aquatic and marsh plants.

“I caught more than 40 two years ago, with some up to 60 pounds,” Mr. Taylor added.

Ohio adopted a trapping season for these furbearing animals once they began to flourish again in the early 1960s, and today their population in Ohio is estimated to be at around 25,000 and unless controlled, their populations could increase about 25-30 percent annually.

“I can’t speak for their populations in Logan County, other than the fact that I’ve not had a very hard time catching beavers for the last three years,” Mr. Taylor said. “But when you take a look around Indian Lake, these borrow pits found along our highways and even at Mountain Lake, beavers are creating quite a problem for the trees that surround these waters.”


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Photo 1-"The guys have out done themselves. This is an even bigger beaver - 70 lbs 4oz!" The beaver was caught on Friday, January 18, 2002 by Justin Kuehl age 19 from Wapak and Larry Dishong age 58 from Maplewood.

Photo2 and 3 - This is the first huge beaver trapped back in the game reserve area by Justin Kuehl and Larry Dishong. This beaver weighed 60 lbs. 8oz.! Trapping season for beaver ends February 28, 2009. Click on photos to enlarge.



Ohio hunters and trappers set to begin pursuing furbearers will find good populations of these animals.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife predicts a good season for hunters this year. ?Food sources and habitat conditions for furbearers have been very good this year across Ohio,? said Mark Shieldcastle, wetland wildlife supervisor for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Fur takers can expect a good season. For the third year, 43 counties will be open for river otter trapping from December 26 to February 29, 2008. River otters were reintroduced into four Ohio watersheds between 1986 and 1993 and have increased their range in the state. They were removed from the state endangered species list in 2002. Full details of open counties, checking and permit requirements can be found in River Otter Trapping Regulations. In most regions of Ohio, hunting and trapping seasons for fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel open November 10, and close January 31, 2009. The trapping season for mink and muskrat is open November 10 through February 28, 2009. Exceptions are Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties, and in Lucas County east of the Maumee River where raccoon, mink and muskrat trapping seasons will remain open through March 15, 2009. Ohio's beaver-trapping season runs December 26 to February 28, 2009 statewide. There are no daily bag limits or restrictions on hours when furbearers may be hunted or trapped, with the exception of river otters where bag limits are dependent on the county where the trapping occurs. Special hunting regulations for coyotes apply during the one-week statewide deer-gun season November 26-December 2 and the deer-gun weekend of December 15-16. A fur-taker permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license to hunt or trap fur-bearing animals, except for coyotes, which may be hunted or trapped year round without a fur-taker permit. A special Division of Wildlife permit is required to trap beaver and otters on state public hunting areas. As before, otters that are accidentally captured, either in excess of bag limits or in closed counties, must be released unharmed. Otters that cannot be released must be turned over to the Division of Wildlife. Beaver trappers in particular, are advised to watch for otter sign and modify their set placements where necessary. The Ohio State Trappers Association and the Division of Wildlife have published a guide on how to recognize otter sign and use various otter avoidance techniques while trapping for beaver in areas closed to otter trapping. A copy of this publication and reports about observing otters in Ohio can be ordered by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE. Ohio is among the nation?s leading producers of raw furs. Last year, there were 94 licensed fur dealers and 26,224 licensed fur takers in the state. Additional hunting information is contained in the 2007-2008 Ohio Hunting Regulations brochure, available where Ohio hunting licenses are sold, on the Internet through the link below, or by calling toll-free 1-800-WILDLIFE. © 2008 ODNR / Division of Wildlife

At Indian Lake hunting licenses can be bought at the INDIAN LAKE STATE PARK 12774 SR 235 N LAKEVIEW. Stamps can be purchased at any Ohio post office.

Hunters need to have current hunting license, current state duck stamp and either last year or this year's federal state stamp. Ohio's hunting regulations and seasons can be found at this website.
Click here for Ohio License fees

Click here for hunting and trapping news

 

  Indian Lake has designated areas for hunting and trapping. For a view of the designated areas on the map, click here.

 

Duck Blind Drawing August 13, 2010

Indian Lake State Park "Duck Blind" Drawing will be conducted on Saturday August 13, 2010 at 8:00 am at the Park Office. The drawing will be held to permit the construction of permanent duck hunting blinds at 34 sites on Indian Lake. Applicants must show their current or last year's hunting license, and current or last year's federal duck stamp and current or last year's validated state wetland stamp. Successful applicants shall pay the $50.00 permit fee construct a blind on the designated location within 45 days of the issuance of the permit.

Register for blinds at Indian Lake State Park at 937-843-2717
Indian Lake State Park Office.

 
Deer Hunt

Logan County hunters who wish to share their success can submit a photo of themselves and the deer they killed this year to webmaster@indianlake.com

Special Notice for the 2010-11 Deer Season: Deer hunting opportunities on TRC managed properties during the Youth Deer Gun, Statewide Deer Gun (including the bonus weekend) and Statewide Muzzleloader deer hunting seasons have been discontinued. There will be no drawings held for any type of firearms deer hunting opportunities on TRC managed properties during the 2010-11 deer hunting season.

2007 - Steve Mc Cafferty Jr.

Deer photoShot near Huntsville, Ohio. Southeast of Indian Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Joe Williams from DeGraff a neighboring community to Indian Lake shot his eight-point whitetail buck in eastern Logan County on Nov. 26, 2001 during Ohio's deer gun season. The deer's antlers measured 1703/8, which officially places the Williams' buck as the second largest eight-point whitetail deer ever scored in Ohio, and the fifth-largest ever scored in the world. The Ohio state record is 186, and the world record is 190.

wild turkey 


04/26/2012

Wild turkey numbers after opening week.
Ohio hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,227 bearded wild turkeys on the first day of the spring turkey-hunting season, which is open statewide through May 20.

The Division of Wildlife estimates that more than 70,000 people will hunt turkeys during the four-week season. Legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon from April 23 to May 6. Hunting hours May 7-20 will be a half hour before sunrise to sunset. Ohio's wild turkey population was estimated at 180,000 prior to the start of the spring season.Logan County's first week total is 24. 

Logan County numbers in 2011 -72 in 2010 –105 - in 2009 the total was 75.

In 2011 Ohio hunters harvested 7,744 wild turkeys in the first week of the hunting season and during 2010 hunters took 11,152 turkeys. In 2010, In 2009, 9,054 birds were harvested during the season's first week.according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The season remains open through May 15. Spring wild turkey hunters may hunt in all 88 counties (except at the Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County). Turkey hunting is permitted a half-hour before sunrise until noon daily. Hunters may take two bearded turkeys per spring season. Shotguns using shot, crossbows and longbows are legal during this season. A spring turkey permit is required, along with an Ohio hunting license.

Turkey hunters are reminded that licenses purchased now are also valid during the 2011 fall hunting season. Spring turkey permits are good for spring season only. Those participating in the fall turkey season will need to buy a fall turkey permit. Licenses are not printed on weatherproof paper. Sportsmen and women should protect their licenses and permits from the elements by carrying them in a protective pouch or wallet.

For more information about Ohio's spring wild turkey hunting season, visit wildohio.com.

The Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.
Excerpts from WPKO


21 lb. turkey taken in 2009.
Thank you Steve McCafferty for this photo of his first bird,taken 05/02/09 @ 8:30am,21 lbs.,12inch beard,and 1 inch long spurs. What a Longbeard!!!! Click photo for close up. Click twice to close.

2010-2011 Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits

SPECIES

OPENING DATE

CLOSING DATE

DAILY BAG

White-tailed Deer: Archery

September 25

February 6

Refer to Deer Hunting Section for details on zone and bag limits

White-tailed Deer: Early Muzzleloader
Wildcat Hollow,
Salt Fork Wildlife Area, Shawnee State Forest

October 18

October 23
White-tailed Deer:
Youth Gun
November 20
November 21
White-tailed Deer:
Gun
November 29
December 5

White-tailed Deer:
Gun (extended)

December 18
December 19

White-tailed Deer:
Muzzleloader

January 8
January 11

Wild Turkey:
Fall

October 9

November 28

Refer to Turkey Hunting Section for details on seasonal bag limits

Wild Turkey: Spring

April 18

May 15

Squirrel
(gray, red, fox, black)

September 1

January 31, 2011

6

Mourning Dove

September 1 - Refer to Publication 298 or Small Game Section

Ruffed Grouse

October 9

January 31

2

Goose and Brant
Refer to Waterfowl Season Dates or refer to Publication 295
Click here to review all Waterfowl Season Information
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers and Canvasbacks
Refer to Waterfowl Season Dates or refer to Publication 295
Click here to review all Waterfowl Season Information

Cottontail Rabbit

November 5

February 28

4

Ringneck Pheasant

November 7

January 9

2 (cock pheasants only)

Bobwhite Quail

November 5

November 28

4

Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel

November 10

January 31

No Limit

Crow
Fri. Sat. Sun. Only

June 4, 2010

March 13, 2011

No Limit

Coyote

No closed season for hunting or trapping

No Limit

Wild boar

No closed season for hunting

No Limit

Groundhog

Closed during deer gun season only

No Limit

 

 


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