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2014 December Deer-gun Harvest

Hunters checked 65,485 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2014 gun hunting season, December 1st-7th, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were allowed during Ohio’s deer-gun season. Gun hunters took advantage of the new opportunity and checked 5,360 deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles.

Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested 75,408 deer during the 2013 deer-gun season.

In Logan County, home to Indian Lake, Hunters checked 672 up from 653 in 2013.

New this year, specific straight-walled cartridge rifles are now legal for use during the deer-gun season. These specific straight-walled cartridge rifles are legal for deer hunting: .357 Magnum, .357 Maximum, .38 Special, .375 Super Magnum, .375 Winchester, .38-55, .41 Long Colt, .41 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .444 Marlin, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .45 Long Colt, .45 Winchester Magnum, .45 Smith & Wesson, .454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .45-70, .45-90, .45-110, .475 Linebaugh, .50-70, .50-90, .50-100, .50-110 and .500 Smith & Wesson. Shotguns and straight-walled cartridge rifles may have no more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined while deer hunting.

Deer can be hunted with a shotgun, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger, specific pistol-cartridge rifles, or bows from Monday December 1st to Sunday, December 7th. All deer hunters are required to have a valid Ohio hunting license and a valid deer permit. Details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2014-2015 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are sold or at Antlerless permits are not valid after Sunday, November 30th, unless used for an ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunt. Deer bag limits are determined by county, but no more than nine deer may be taken from all counties combined. A hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. Additional ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunting opportunities do not count against statewide or county bag limits. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location.

A tagging procedure administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife requires hunters to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time, and county of kill. Go to the Deer Hunting Resources page at for more information about the game check process.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife is working with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate a deer to a participating food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort is available. More information about this program can be found online at Hunters can also donate venison through Safari Club International’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program by learning more at Whitetails Unlimited chapters also use local funds for programs such as venison donation. Go to to find a local chapter and make a donation.

Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. During the 2013-2014 season, Ohio hunters checked 191,459 deer. 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 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.

Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were well above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward their goal. Once a county’s deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population.

In an effort to keep Ohio’s wild deer herd free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), successful hunters in Holmes County are urged to have their deer tested and processed at a local facility in the county and have the carcass remain within the county as well. The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s toll-free number at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) will be staffed extended hours during the deer-gun season for hunters with any questions.
Report by Bill Tipple WPKO

DUCK BLIND DRAWING - August 16, 2014

Indian Lake State Park “Duck Blind” Drawing will be conducted on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at the Indian Lake State Park Campground. This is a new location as it has previously been held at the Park Office. The campground address is 13156 St Rt 235 N Lakeview, OH 43331. The drawing will be held to permit construction of permanent duck hunting blinds at 35 sites on Indian Lake. Applicants must show their 2014 hunting license, 2014 state wetland stamp and either the 2013 OR 2014 federal duck stamp. PLEASE NOTE that Indian Lake State Park no longer sells ANY wildlife licenses. These licenses must be obtained prior to “drawing” arrival. Successful applicants shall pay a non-refundable permit fee of $50.00 for construction of a permanent blind at the designated location within forty-five (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.

Duck Blind Map

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 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 Whitetails Unlimited chapters also use local funds for programs such as venison donation. Go to to find a local chapter and make a donation.
Artical posted by WPKO

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.

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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 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 tenth 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, 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 , and the December deer-gun weekend. 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.

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.”


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.

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

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

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.

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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

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
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.

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