Open houses were mapped to CWD samples

A pair of open houses to hear samples from the Ohio Department of Wildlife (DOW) for chronic wasting disease (CWD) will be held Tuesday (May 17) and Thursday (May 19) at Sandusky and Upper Marion.

The Upper Sandusky meeting will take place on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall of the Wyandot County Fairgrounds, located at 10171 Ohio 53. The meeting at Marion will take place Thursday in the Harding Room of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, located at 100 Executive Drive.

Nine other wild white-tailed deer (five bucks and four does) have been tested positive for CWD in North Marion and South Wyndot counties. Since 2020, 11 wild deer have tested positive for CWD, all in Wyandot and Marion counties. Nine have been confirmed in Wyandotte County, and two have been confirmed in Marion County. The last test was conducted on deer harvested during the 2021-22 season in addition to the operation planned in February and March to obtain additional samples.

To increase CWD sampling, the Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) was expanded to include all towns in Wyandot, Marion, and Hardin counties. Special regulations and hunting opportunities are in effect at the DSA.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and other similar species, including mule deer, elk, and moose.

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The wild turkey harvest in Ohio continues to decline as fewer turkeys were examined this year than the same period last year and the three-year average (2019-21).

During this past Sunday (May 8), DOW reported that hunters inspected a total of 9,353 birds during the start of the spring hunting season. The statewide harvest totals 16 days of hunting in most of the state, nine days in the Northeast (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Juga, Lake, and Trumbull counties), and includes 1,103 wild turkeys taken during the young season April 9-10.

That compares to 11,779 wild turkeys examined during the same time period during the hunting season last spring. The three-year average (2019-21) is 13,664 birds using the same dates.

The harvest in the Lima region shows continued increases in turkeys in two counties (Logan and Van Vert) and lows in the other seven counties of the region. Domestically, 327 turkeys have been harvested so far while the three-year average is 381.

The Turks logged in domestically within 16 days of the season and the three-year average (2019-21) was in brackets: Allen 49 (58), Uglais 18 (30), Hancock 23 (28), Hardin 61 (71), Logan 95 ( 86), Mercer 16 (17), Putnam 20 (44), Shelby 27 (33) and Van Vert 18 (14).

The wild turkey crop has declined since 2001. It was expected to continue to decline because only one turkey may be harvested this spring. The decline in wild turkey numbers and the low participation of hunters also contributed to the decline.

Many factors play a role in turkey population variability, the Dow Jones says, including weather events, predation, and hatching productivity. The Wildlife Agency is taking conservation measures to reduce the wild turkey harvest while ongoing research is looking more closely at Ohio turkeys.

The limit of the spring hunting season is one wild bearded turkey. Turkeys must be inspected no later than 11:30 p.m. on harvest day using the HuntFish OH mobile app, the automated game inspection system, by phone at 877-TAG-IT-OH (877-824-4864), or at a participating licensing agent .

Fishing is local and much of the state is open until May 22nd. The Northeast is open until May 29.

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As thousands of birders participate in the spring migration to check out songbirds and other species heading north, there are a variety of reasons to enjoy this hobby. For many, we see the critics’ little and colorful birdie, hoping to see “Life” and add to the long list they’ve seen. For others, it is a matter of seeing only what they can see.

For me, the most interesting aspect is seeing how nature behaves or reacts in the wild. I recently spent a few days with my wife Faith and daughter Christina at Maggie Marsh Wildlife Area (The Boardwalk), Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area, Howard Marsh Metropark, Pearson Metropark, Meadowbrook Marsh, Catawba Point Preserve and Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve , Niles Memorial Nature Reserve has resulted in some wonderful experiences with nature.

One day, we saw six pairs of bald eagles with one pair sitting atop their nest in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. We have seen many mature and immature vultures. We also saw a pair of small, big-horned owls in a dead tree hollow while one parent sat close up in a tree at the shelter.

The most fun and wonderful experience for me happened along the boardwalk in Maggie Marsh Wildlife Area. A green heron was seen hunting for lunch among the duckweed in the shallow water area. While watching this colorful bird for several minutes, it caught and swallowed at least six fish. It was a pleasure for the birds as well as those watching him hunt.

A little further up the boardwalk, seeing solitary sandy and almost straight across this embankment area, we discovered a brown shield. These birds may not be exciting to some, but I found them fascinating.

At Pearson Park, we were fascinated by a pair of Carolina plants. While the male sang loudly with his sonorous song, the female fed her chicks in a nest located in the corner of the roof of the building housing the window of wildlife.

In the small area of ​​Catawba Point Reserve, we saw a number of species

Including some songbirds, a pair of woodland ducks, and hooded Mergansers.

At Sheldon Marsh, we noticed another green heron along with a pair of colorful Baltimore orioles and the easily identifiable red-headed woodpecker.

And it never ceased to amaze me how small enclaves in an area turned into a hotspot for a diverse group of birds. We have had such incidents in all the locations we visited.

A pair of bald eagles perch on top of their nest in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located about 20 miles west of Port Clinton off Ohio 2.

Green herons hunt their lunch among duckweed in the shallow water area along the boardwalk in Maggie Marsh Wildlife Area, located about 18 miles west of Port Clinton off Ohio 2.

Al Smith is a freelance writer on the outdoors. You can call him [email protected] And follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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