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Hey guys,

I get the WildOhio eNews letter from the Ohio DNR. I thought I would post the latest one to see if anyone was interested in it.

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WildOhio eNews Dec 07

To view this email as a web page, go to the link below, or copy and paste it into your browser's address window.
http://view.wildohionews.com/?j=fe8b1c747667007a72&m=ff0010707d6704&ls=fdf31570756c037b73117472


In this Issue...

Highlights

Hunting and Trapping

Fishing

Watchable Wildlife


WILDLIFE MATTERS

Wild Recipe of the Month: Venison Shepherd's Pie
Enjoy making the hunt and the meal a memorable outdoor experience! If you're wild about outdoor cooking, tune in to the Wild Game Gourmet to see guest chef Keith Morrow cook a venison Shepherd's pie and raspberry cobbler using a dutch oven. Then check out other wild game recipes.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/enewspages/venisondutchovenvideo/tabid/19463/Default.aspx
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/Wildlife_Cookbooklandingpage/tabid/6470/Default.aspx

Map of the Month: Woodbury Wildlife Area
Woodbury lies in east-central Ohio approximately five miles west of Coshocton and, with over 19,000 acres, offers plenty of hunting, fishing, and watchable wildlife opportunities to the public. Learn more about Woodbury Wildlife Area and download a map. The Division offers detailed maps of more than 100 hunting and outdoor recreation areas throughout Ohio. Download more lake and wildlife area maps.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Default.aspx?tabid=19459
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/where_to_fishplaceholder/LakesandRiverMapsRepository/tabid/10566/Default.aspx
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/wild_resourcessubhomepage/WildlifeAreaMapsRepository/tabid/10579/Default.aspx

Native Spotlight: Dark-eyed Junco
Winter weather chases many of Ohio's songbirds south, but several species stick around during the cold months and they are joined by a variety of new feathered faces. The dark-eyed junco is one of these Ohio winter guests and a common visitor to backyard feeding stations. Juncos are recognized by the slate-gray in color on its head, breast, and back; a color that contrasts sharply with the white belly and outer tail feathers. Learn more about the dark-eyed junco.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/species_a_to_z/speciesguide_default/darkeyedjunco/tabid/6843/Default.aspx

Wildlife Officers in Action
Six Defiance County residents were charged with 52 wildlife violations in the Defiance Municipal Court following an investigation conducted by the Division of Wildlife. The suspects are accused of wildlife violations concerning white-tailed deer, fox, black bear, wild turkey, and Canada geese. Read more about this case.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/News/NewsReleaseArchivesII/tabid/19075/EntryID/243/Default.aspx

Grant Program Assists Food Pantry Donations
The Division of Wildlife has launched a pilot grant program in the cities of Coshocton and Marietta in an effort to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. The hope is to establish a dedicated fund to provide money to help donate venison to food banks throughout Ohio. Learn more about this effort.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/News/NewsReleaseArchivesII/tabid/19075/EntryID/245/Default.aspx

Ohio's National Archery in the Schools Program Continues to Expand
More Ohio schoolchildren are having the opportunity to experience international-style target archery as part of their physical education curriculum through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). The program has not only introduced participants to a life-long recreation skill, but has helped improve their school participation and attendance. Details about the program and how schools can get involved can be found at Ohio's NASP website.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/wild_resourcessubhomepage/shooting_infolandingpage/shootingnaspdefault/tabid/5848/Default.aspx

Mark your Calendar!
The Ohio Amphibian Research and Conservation Conference will take place on March 15, 2008 at the Ohio Historical Society. Invited speakers from the Midwest will present findings of recent research and conservation projects involving Ohio's frogs, toads, and salamanders. If you are interested in learning more about Ohio's amphibians and networking with other herpetologists and naturalists, then be sure to reserve this date and register for this meeting. Then check out other events on the Division of Wildlife calendar.
http://www.ohioamphibians.com/meeting/
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/wild_resourcessubhomepage/mastercalendar/tabid/18565/Default.aspx

Cleveland Boat and Waterfront Lifestyle Expo
Discover life on the water at America's largest indoor boat and waterfront lifestyle expo, taking place January 11-20 at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland. Visit the Expo's website for more information. If you can't make it up north, the 50th annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show cruises into downtown Cincinnati January 18-27. It's the source for everything outdoors - boating, fishing, hunting, camping, and travel!
http://www.clevelandboatshow.com/midam-admission.shtml
http://www.hartproductions.com/TravelSportsBoat/index.html

Hunters Reminded to Buy Local Firewood
As the hunting season kicks off, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is asking hunters to help slow the spread of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an ash tree-killing insect easily spread through firewood movement. Outdoor enthusiasts can help protect Ohio's natural resources by buying and burning local sources of firewood. Learn more about Emerald Ash Borer.
http://www.ohioagriculture.gov/eab/

James Donnell Konkel Wetland Dedication
The Division of Wildlife is pleased to announce the dedication of the James Donnell Konkel Wetland at the Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area in Sandusky County. This 40-acre complex of wetlands and grasslands was restored by breaking drain tiles and excavating seven shallow potholes. Read more about this dedication.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/News/NewsReleaseArchivesII/tabid/19075/EntryID/227/Default.aspx

Online Photo Gallery
View world-class photos of Ohio wildlife. Galleries include hunting, fishing, birding, and more. Download wallpaper and read tips from photo pro Tim Daniel. Even upload your own great shots. Visit the new Photo Gallery.
http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/Photos/Default.aspx

See Something Suspicious? Send us your TIP.
Ohio's Turn In a Poacher, or "TIP" program, makes it easy for you to report wildlife violations and help us curtail poaching. To report a tip, call our toll-free hotline at (800) POACHER or submit an anonymous tip online.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/wild_resourcessubhomepage/Turninapoacher/tabid/17888/Default.aspx

Wildlife Matters!
Purchase unique conservation and sportsmen's license plates to help support Ohio's wildlife.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/license_platesplaceholder/WildlifeLicensePlates/tabid/9467/Default.aspx

Help Endangered Ohio Species
Your gift helps protect and manage threatened wildlife and habitats throughout Ohio. Donate online today.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/ExperienceWildlifeSubHomePage/supportwildlifeplaceholder/featureresourcesfdonations/tabid/5667/Default.aspx



December 2007

Dear Wildlife Enthusiast,

Welcome to Wild Ohio! This enewsletter contains Ohio hunting, fishing, and watchable wildlife information.


HIGHLIGHTS

Capture the Moment!
When we've had success in the field, whether hunting or fishing, we often like to commemorate that experience by taking a field photo. Tune in to Wild Ohio for Division of Wildlife photographer Tim Daniel's tips on taking the perfect photo to capture that proud moment. Then share your photos with others by submitting it to our online gallery.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Default.aspx?tabid=19464
http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/Photos/Default.aspx

WILD Gift Ideas
Buying gifts can be an exciting and/or excruciating experience this time of year. Just what do you get that person who has everything under the sun? Easy! Give them the gift of wildlife diversity. Eagles, peregrine falcons, osprey, burying beetles, and trumpeter swans are just some of the many wildlife species that have benefited from donations made to the Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species Fund. Give a "gift" donation online to the Do Something WILD program on behalf of someone special by selecting the appropriate box.
http://www.greatlodge.com/oh/donation


HUNTING

Antlerless Deer Permit Reminder
The Division of Wildlife reminds hunters that the antlerless deer permit, new for the 2007-08 hunting season, is now valid only in urban hunting units or Division of Wildlife Controlled Hunts as they occur through February 3, 2008. Read more about the antlerless deer permit restrictions.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/News/NewsReleaseArchivesII/tabid/19075/EntryID/249/Default.aspx

Extra Deer-gun Weekend and Muzzleloader Season
The regular deer-gun season may be over (see the results), but hunters still have plenty of hunting opportunities to look forward to with the extra gun hunting weekend December 15-16. There's even more opportunity when the statewide muzzleloader deer season opens one-half hour before sunrise December 27 and closes at sunset on December 30. This 4-day black-powder season is one of the best times to go hunting. The weather is cold and brisk, the fields and woods are relatively bare and silent, and only other avid hunters are out and about.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/News/NewsReleaseArchivesII/tabid/19075/EntryID/271/Default.aspx

Looking for nearby check stations? Consult our online check station finder for the most up-to-date list of check stations in Ohio. This map-based feature allows you to search check stations by city, county, or zip code.
http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulations/checkstation.aspx

Ohio's Trapping Tradition
Ohio is one of the nation's leaders in raw furs. Fur trapping began with America's early settlers who made their living by harvesting furs and trading them for money. While fewer trappers today rely on furs as their sole source of income, the trapping tradition still remains strong. If you'd like to try trapping for the first time, you have the option of purchasing an apprentice hunting license and apprentice fur taker permit. Beaver and river otter trapping seasons open December 26. Check the 2007-2008 Hunting and Trapping Regulations for trapping zones and bag limits.
http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulations/apprentice.aspx
http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulations/trapping.aspx

Goose Hunting Tips and Tricks
With the month of December comes another round of waterfowl hunting! Join Wild Ohio's Todd Haines and Gary Massey as they demonstrate goose hunting techniques used to bring the birds in close, including the use of different types of calls and decoys. Check the 2007-2008 Hunting Regulations for specific information about waterfowl season dates, bag, and possession limits.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Default.aspx?tabid=19465
http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulations/seasons.aspx

Ohio's Hunters Post Great Results During Youth Season
Young hunters across Ohio again enjoyed success during the fifth Annual Youth Deer-Gun Season, held November 17-18. This special two-day season was created to provide a high-quality hunting experience for younger Ohioans. See how many deer hunters age 17 and under harvested this year compared to last year.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/News/NewsReleaseArchivesII/tabid/19075/EntryID/257/Default.aspx


FISHING

Apply to Cast a Line in Cold Creek
Once again the Division of Wildlife will provide a limited number of slots for fishing the popular Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery from early April to late October 2008. Applications are being accepted now through January 31. Apply online! Want to see what Cold Creek has to offer? Join Wild Ohio's Ken Bebout and Kevin Ramsey as they try their hand at fly fishing for rainbow trout in Cold Creek.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/programs__activitiesplaceholder/CastaliaTroutLottery/tabid/19457/Default.aspx
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Default.aspx?tabid=19466

Time to Winterize your Boat
Whether you choose to do it yourself or have your marina or storage facility do it for you, winterizing is the best way to prepare your boat for the season to come. Here are must-read tips for storing your boat in the off season.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Default.aspx?tabid=19461

Collect your 2007 Fish Ohio Award!
January 15, 2008 marks the last day for 2007 Fish Ohio award applications. Show pride in your big catch and reserve your Fish Ohio certificate and pin while there's still time!
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/programs__activitiesplaceholder/fishingfishohiodefault/tabid/6137/Default.aspx


WATCHABLE WILDLIFE

Wild Birds vs. Winter
Winter in Ohio is a time when temperatures can drop to freezing, daylight hours are few, and trees are bare, but birds will still be visiting our backyards. Join Wild Ohio's Donna Daniel as she shows various ways of feeding and helping to keep small backyard birds warm during the long winter months.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/19468/Default.aspx

Christmas Trees can be a Gift to Wildlife
Live-cut Christmas trees don't have to go out with the trash; instead they can take on a second life after the holidays when used as habitat for wildlife. Learn how you can transform your tree into wildlife habitat.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/19460/Default.aspx

Eagle Eyes Needed
The nation's symbol continues to fly high above the Buckeye State and state wildlife biologists are asking Ohio residents to report bald eagle nesting activity they may observe in the wilds of Ohio. Each fall, eagle pairs perform routine repairs by adding sticks, twigs, and grasses to established nests. Some eagles may rebuild nests that were destroyed due to storms, while others may be reestablishing their nests at new locations. Landowners, hunters, birdwatchers and other outdoor enthusiasts can be a tremendous help by reporting anything that looks like a new nest, or any nest building activity. Call 1-800-WILDLIFE to report any noticed activity. Get more bald eagle resources online.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/wild_resourcessubhomepage/ResearchandSurveys/resourceseagleeagleviewmap/BaldEagleResources/tabid/15488/Default.aspx

Join the National Audubon Society's Annual Christmas Bird Count
The 108th Christmas Bird Count begins on Friday, Dec. 14 and runs through Saturday, Jan. 5. Learn more about the Christmas Bird Count, or explore Ohio's own Audubon chapter.
http://www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/
http://www.audubon.org/chapter/oh/oh/index.html



The Ohio Division of Wildlife is dedicated to conserving and improving fish and wildlife resources and habitats, and promoting their use and appreciation by the public so that these resources continue to enhance the quality of life for all Ohioans.

Due to an increase in aggressive email filters, we suggest adding the email address [email protected] to your email address book to ensure that our newsletter will reach you. See Add to Address Book Instructions.
http://memberlandingpages.com/address_book/address_book_add.htm

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