Hunting at Indian Lake, Ohio

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White-tailed deer archery season opens on Saturday, Sept 26th.
Ohio’s 2015-2016 deer seasons include:

  • Archery: Sept. 26-Feb. 7, 2016
  • Youth gun: Nov. 21-22
  • Gun: Nov. 30-Dec. 6 and Dec. 28-Dec. 29
  • Muzzleloader: Jan. 9-12, 2016


Hunters Harvest more than 12,500 Deer during Ohio’s Muzzleloader Season

Hunters checked 12,505 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, January 9-12, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season 13,724 white-tailed deer were checked. Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Logan County Hunters checked in 144 deer this season over 128 last year.

Report by WPKO

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.

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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.

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Wow! Elk taken at Indian Lake!




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.

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.

miketaylor08Mike 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.


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.

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. Shot near Huntsville, Ohio. Southeast of Indian Lake.

2007 – Steve Mc Cafferty Jr. Shot 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.

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


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