Ohio's first antlerless muzzleloader deer season was a success.
5,608 antlerless white-tailed deer were harvested during the new antlerless-only muzzleloader hunting weekend Oct. 12-13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters took advantage of Ohio’s new extended hunting hours. A half hour of hunting time after sunset was added to all of this year’s upcoming deer-gun hunting seasons. Logan County Hunters harvested 77 deer. The ODNR Division of Wildlife is working with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison.
Ohio Hunters have harvested 188,459 deer so far this season.
Logan County Hunters have harvested 737 bucks and 853 does.
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.
Hunters can take only one antlered deer during the 2012-2013 season regardless of zone, method of taking, or season.
Legal hunting hours for the muzzleloader season are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. Deer-archery season remains open through February 3.
The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, and has been pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks eighth nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.
Ohio's small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons are also open during the muzzleloader season.
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.Hunters have donated 1,405 white-tailed deer this season so far.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
Lake Beaver Trapping Record!
Written by Doug Loehr
Saturday, 03 January
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.
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
Ohios 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 didnt 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
Ive already been offered many times that amount and it hasnt even
been skinned out yet. As big as this one is I think Im just going to keep
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
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 cant speak for
their populations in Logan County, other than the fact that Ive 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.
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.
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
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.
for blinds at Indian Lake State Park at 937-843-2717
Lake State Park Office.
Logan County hunters who wish to share their success can submit a photo of themselves and the deer they killed this year to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Steve Mc Cafferty Jr.
near Huntsville, Ohio. Southeast of Indian Lake.
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 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
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.
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and bag limits
Muzzleloader Wildcat Hollow,
Salt Fork Wildlife
Area, Shawnee State Forest
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on seasonal bag limits
(gray, red, fox, black)
September 1 - Refer to Publication
298 or Small
Goose and Brant
to Waterfowl Season Dates or refer to Publication
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Coots, Mergansers and Canvasbacks
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2 (cock pheasants only)
Skunk, Opossum, Weasel
Fri. Sat. Sun. Only
June 4, 2010
No closed season for hunting or trapping
No closed season
Closed during deer gun season only