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Coyote sightings common in Portage

What at one time was simply an iconic animal of the west is becoming familiar to area residents. “Coyotes in Portage County are really very common,” said Jamey Emmert, wildlife communications specialist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s District 3 office in Akron. Emmert said ...

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Notable changes among small game and migratory bird 2018-19 hunting seasons proposals

Notable changes among the among small game and migratory bird 2018-19 hunting seasons proposals to the Ohio Wildlife Council include requiring an annual or daily range permit on all ODNR Division of Wildlife firearm target ranges (class A, B and C); modifying waterfowl bag limits ...

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Basics of Coyote Hunting/Trapping Workshop 2/3/18.

A workshop will be held in Xenia on Feb. 3 and covers the basics of coyote hunting/trapping. The DOW, Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) and Pitch Black Precision will cover basic topics such as life history, calling techniques (call types and setups), appropriate firearms and ...

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Caution when ice fishing

The recent polar vortex gave us some solid ice for the first time in a couple of years. If you could stand the elements with the aid of a good shanty and heater, you might have been able to entice some nice panfish. But up ...

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Ohio Division of Wildlife introducing K-9 program

State officials say Ohio’s Division of Wildlife is joining more than 20 states in adopting a wildlife K-9 program. The program will be in line with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy standards for law enforcement K-9s in Ohio. COLUMBUS >> State officials say Ohio’s ...

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THIS WEEKEND! Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show expected to be bigger than ever

MOUNT HOPE — The 10th annual 2018 Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show, held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-20, 2018, at the Mount Hope Event Center, offers sportsmen everything from camo to ammo, as event owner Jody Witzky likes to say. “We invite you to ...

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For deer hunters, the difference could be snow

By now, plenty of hunters who found a way to keep their powder dry have already killed a whitetail on Saturday, opening day of this year’s four-day Ohio muzzleloader season. “I think it will be a terriffic season,” said the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Mike ...

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Fall turkey harvest down by half

Hunters harvested 1,053 wild turkeys during Ohio’s 2017 fall wild turkey season, open in 67 counties including 11 open for the autumn hunting opportunity for the first time. That’s down from 2,168 bagged during the 2016 fall hunting season. Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio ...

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The Blade’s Hunting Report

Ohio Opening Day: Monday signaled the start of the seven-day deer gun season in the Buckeye State, and before this first phase closes a half-hour after sunset on Sunday, upwards of 400,000 hunters are expected to take part. A second phase of the gun season ...

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Deer hunters happy to comply with inspections for CWD

MILLERSBURG — Hunters in Holmes County did not seem to mind taking a few extra minutes out of their day to have their deer inspected for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at the temporary deer check station in Millersburg, located at the regional Ohio Department of ...

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