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WildOhio - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at 22:33


School’s Out… schoolsout
Now Get Outside!

Do your parents ever tell you to “Go outside and play”? Just because school is out doesn’t mean you should stop learning! “The Great Outdoors” is a fun place to learn and summertime is the perfect time to explore nature. So turn off the TV and computer and get outside into the real world! Try these “wild” activities to get started on your very own outdoor adventure.

Unhatched Egg Report

As many peregrine falcon enthusiasts know, it has been confirmed that the Columbus Falcon nest has failed and the eggs have been removed. The eggs were evaluated and determined to be infertile.  However, this is normal that some or all of the eggs may not be fertile on a first-time nesting attempt if the female falcon is not fully mature. Check out updates by Division biologist Donna Daniel for the latest details about the Columbus  peregrines. There is a possibility of a second nesting attempt, so don’t forget to check the FalconCam!

Renovation postponed 
Due to technical difficulties, the launch of the Division of Wildlife’s new and improved website, originally scheduled for mid-May, has been postponed to a later date. The new site will highlight innovative online tools and features for
Ohio’s wildlife enthusiasts. With the click of a mouse, web visitors will have the ability to view live wildlife cams, explore and share wildlife photography, gain easier access to Ohio ’s license and regulation information, sign up for hunter education courses, and more! Stay tuned for details.


2007 Ohio Spring Turkey Harvest Ends
Hunters checked 17,005 wild turkeys during
Ohio’s four-week, statewide spring turkey-hunting season that ended May 20. In addition to the turkeys taken during the regular season, young hunters harvested another 1,630 birds during a special hunt for ages 17 and younger held April 21-22. Read more and check out the 2007 spring turkey season results for each county in Ohio.

Apply now for 2007-08 Controlled Deer and Waterfowl Hunts!
Now is the time to sign up for special hunting opportunities, including deer hunts at various locations; early muzzleloader deer season permits; and waterfowl hunts. Hunters may apply online June 1 through July 31. Sign up today!

TIP Celebrates 25 Years of Stopping Poachers
No longer are
Ohio’s sportsmen and women finishing in second place to poachers. Since the creation of the TIP program 25 years ago, Ohio citizens have been helping TIP fight wildlife crime. Read more about how calls to TIP have resulted in the apprehension of thousands of poachers and the shutdown of many major poaching rings.

dog-training film2Training Your Hunting Dog
Raising a puppy is fun, but there are some specific ways to do it; there are puppy “do’s” and puppy “don’t’s.” Join Wild Ohio’s Jay Reda as he shares some “don’t’s” when training your dog to aid in the hunt.


film2Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tips and Tricks
May and June are the most productive months for smallmouth fishing in Ohio. Smallmouth are abundant in the reef areas and rocky shorelines of Lake Erie, but they also thrive in streams with gravel or rock bottoms with a visible current. Join Wildlife Officers Mike Miller and Ken Bebout in a special Wild Ohio segment as they explain the best lures to use while fishing smallmouth. Then check out other tips and tricks from our fish biologists.
Take Dad Fishing for Father’s Day
Father’s Day is fast approaching! Instead of another tie or pair of socks, consider giving your dad a Father’s Day memory he will keep for a long time; take him fishing! Fishing is fun, inexpensive and can be enjoyed by the whole family, regardless of age or experience. It doesn’t take much to treat your father to a much-needed day of fun and relaxation. Dust off your tackle, pick up or download your license, and hit the water. You and Dad can finally slow down and catch-up with each other. Not sure where to go? Check out this special Father’s Day event taking place in Preble County.


Fish for a Grand Slam!
The Fish Ohio Grand Slam program recognizes three categories of anglers - those who fish Lake Erie, the Ohio River, or inland waters. Grand Slam anglers must catch three designated species from each body of water during the fishing license year (March 1, 2007 - February 29, 2008 ), using existing Fish Ohio lengths and species. Earning a Lake Erie Grand Slam will require anglers to catch a Fish Ohio walleye, smallmouth bass, and steelhead. To qualify for an Ohio River Grand Slam, anglers must catch a Fish Ohio sauger, hybrid striped bass, and flathead catfish. The Inland Grand Slam will require a Fish Ohio largemouth bass, saugeye, and muskie. Register your Grand Slam catches online!




film2Hand-Feeding Hummingbirds!
Lake Hope State Park in southeastern Ohio will be offering a unique educational program this summer that works to bridge the gap between people and nature; hand-feeding hummingbirds! Join Wild Ohio’s Susie Matthews to see how this fascinating program works. The complete hand-feeding schedule for 2007 is found at Lake Hope’s website.  Learn more about hummingbirds in Ohio and how to attract them to your yard !

bobwhite-quailDelay Mowing Weedy and Grassy Areas until August
Delay mowing weedy and grassy areas and critters like the cottontail rabbit, ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, and countless songbirds will thank you. The tall grassy or weedy areas provide essential nesting cover to several species in Ohio . Doing your part for wildlife is easy, just mow less! Get more information about how to manage your property for wildlife.

Wildlife is Everywhere!
Project Wild Specialists and Girl Scout Volunteers will be hosting Wildlife is Everywhere on Saturday, June 30 at the Syracuse Community Center in SyracuseOhio from 10 am to 4:30 pm. This event is open to the public, grades K-12. The day will be filled with learning opportunities, games, hiking, and much more! Contact Jerrena Ebersbach at (740) 416-1934 for more information. To register, download a registration form or contact Shirley Cogar at 43144 SR 124, Racine, OH 45771 by June 15.

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