Category Archives: Outdoors

New ODNR APV Sites Include Pike County

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(COLUMBUS) – Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy the spring weather at one of the Ohio’s designated All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) areas, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The APV areas are located on four state forest properties: Maumee in northwest Ohio, Pike and Richland Furnace in southern Ohio, and Perry in east-central Ohio.
 
Pike, Richland Furnace, and Perry state forests open on April 1 for APV trail use. They will close in the fall after the last day of regular deer-gun season. The APV area at Maumee State Forest is open year-round, and snowmobile use is allowed when conditions permit. The APV areas are maintained by the ODNR Division of Forestry.
 
The Pike State Forest APV area will close from April 5 to noon on April 11 to allow for the Thunder in the Hills Turkey Hunt, a special event designed for disabled hunters.
 
Funds from each APV registration are deposited into the State Recreational Vehicle Fund and are used by the ODNR Division of Forestry for projects that directly support the state’s APV areas.
 
Trail users must have a valid APV registration from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Riders must wear the required safety gear, which includes helmets and eye protection. APVs, including utility vehicles (UTVs), may be up to 62 inches in width. Out-of-state registration is required for visitors from states without similar registration laws. Additionally, spark arrestors and mufflers must be compliant with industry-standard sound limitations.
 
Safety is key when riding an APV. For tips on how to have fun and stay safe, click here.

Elevated Fire Danger For Southern/Central Ohio

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At a time of year where open burning is already banned in Ohio, current weather conditions have added to the danger of wildfires in southern Ohio.

A very dry airmass is in place over the region, with humidity values below 25% in some areas. Fuels on the ground are reacting quickly to the lack of moisture and are receptive to catching fire if fire is introduced.

The region seeing the driest air is southeast of the I-71 corridor, covering the Hocking Hills, Scioto Valley, and portions of southwest Ohio east of metro Cincinnati.

Winds in this area are expected to be under 10 mph from the southwest. It is possible that a few errant gusts during peak heating could be found in the 20-25 mph range.

Open burning of any type is considered extremely dangerous at this time. Be very careful of heat and sparks while operating machinery.

Ohio State Law prohibits burning in the spring from 6 AM to 6 PM March 1st through May 31st.

Public Comments Sought For Current Hunting/Fishing Regulations In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohioans interested in wildlife conservation may submit comments about current hunting and fishing regulation proposals online here, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Comments will be accepted through Sunday, March 14.
 
One regulation proposal would allow antlerless white-tailed deer to be taken from all public hunting areas from Sept. 25, 2021, to Feb. 6, 2022, provided that a hunter takes only one antlerless deer from these lands per license year. A second proposal would expand deer management permits to all 88 Ohio counties from Sept. 25 to Nov. 28, 2021, and allow hunters to use the deer management permit up to the county bag limit.
 
For wild turkey hunters, a proposal calls for a limit of one bearded wild turkey during the 2022 spring hunting season on public hunting lands. The statewide limit this spring remains two bearded birds.
 
A complete list of proposals is available at wildohio.gov.
 
A statewide hearing of the Ohio Wildlife Council on the proposed rules will be held virtually at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 18. The council is an eight-member board that approves all Ohio Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Meetings are held virtually and are open to the public. Individuals interested in providing comments are asked to register by calling 614-265-6304 at least two days prior to the meeting. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.
 
After considering public input, the council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its meeting on Wednesday, April 7.

Rainbow Trout Release Scheduled Week of March 12 In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fishing opportunities will abound this spring when rainbow trout are stocked at 67 public lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Beginning the week of March 12 at Adams Lake in Adams County, more than 81,000 of these cold-water fish will be stocked in 2021.

Rainbow trout are raised at Ohio’s state fish hatcheries and measure between 10-13 inches when they are released by the Division of Wildlife. Rainbow trout releases will take place across Ohio from early March until May as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers. A complete list of dates is available at wildohio.gov.

All fish will be stocked during the week listed for each location and will be available by the Friday of that week. Some locations feature a special event on the day of the scheduled release, including youth-only fishing. Information about the trout releases, including any updates to the schedule because of weather, stocking locations, and event information, is available at wildohio.gov or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

By stocking these water areas throughout the state, anglers of all ages have the opportunity to get out and enjoy quality spring rainbow trout fishing in a family-friendly environment. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout per angler with no minimum size limit.
 
Anglers age 16 and older are required to have an Ohio fishing license to fish in state public waters. The 2021-22 fishing license is available now, and an annual license is valid for one year after it is purchased. An annual resident fishing license costs $25. A one-day fishing license costs $14 and may also be redeemed for credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license. Licenses and permits can be purchased online at wildohio.gov, through the HuntFish OH app, and at participating license sales agents.

Sales of fishing licenses along with the federal Sport Fish Restoration program support operation of Division of Wildlife fish hatcheries. The Sport Fish Restoration program is a partnership between federal and state government, the fishing industry, anglers, and boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finders, and motorboat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and assessment surveys, provide aquatic education, and secure fishing access.