Month: July 2010

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Ohio 2010-2011 Migratory Bird Seasons Begin Sept.1

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Wildlife Council has approved the state’s early migratory bird hunting seasons for this fall with September 1 kicking off the state’s hunting seasons with the opening of dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Ohio’s dove hunting season runs September 1 through October 24 and December 6-21, with a daily limit of 15 birds and a possession limit of 30 birds.

Controlled dove hunts will be offered at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott state wildlife areas. These controlled hunts will take place Wednesday, September 1 and Thursday, September 2; hunting hours will be noon to sunset.  Controlled dove hunts will also be offered at St. Marys Fish Hatchery on September 1, 4, 7, 11, 14 and 18.  Youth will be given priority on September 1, 4 and 7.

Opening day drawings for all of these hunts will take place at noon, Saturday, August 28, at the respective public area headquarters.  Drawings for the other hunts will be held the day of the hunt at noon.  Maps and details are available at wildohio.com. Questions about any of these hunts should be directed to the Division of Wildlife’s Southwest District office at (937) 372-9261.

Canada geese may be hunted statewide September 1-15, during the special early season, with a daily limit of four birds and possession limit of eight birds after the first day. The Mercer Goose Zone will not be open during the early Canada goose season.

The early teal hunting season will open September 4 and end September 19, with a daily bag limit of four birds and possession limit of eight after the first day.

Waterfowl hunters must have a valid hunting license in addition to a state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. Anyone who intends to hunt migratory game birds must obtain a new HIP certification each year.

Sora rails, Virginia rails and moorhens can be hunted September 1 through November 9, with a daily limit of 25 rails and 15 moorhens. Hunting season for snipe will be September 1 through November 28 and December 6-23, with a daily bag limit of eight. The woodcock hunting season is open October 9 through November 22, with a daily bag limit of three birds and a possession limit of six birds.

Hunting hours during the seasons for rails, moorhens, snipe, woodcock, teal, doves and Canada geese are sunrise to sunset. The only exceptions will be on wildlife areas that have specially posted hunting times for doves.

The 2010-11 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and the 2010 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure can be found on line at wildohio.com. The 2010 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure will be available by late August at license outlets, Division of Wildlife district offices, or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

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PA 2010-2011 Migratory Bird Seasons Begin Sept 1.

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HARRISBURG – Hunters will see similar dove and early Canada goose seasons and bag limits, both of which open Sept. 1, as part of Pennsylvania’s 2010-11 migratory bird seasons announced today by Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.

Dove hunters, once again, will have the opportunity to participate in a triple-split season. During the first season (Sept. 1-28), hunting will start at noon and close at sunset daily. The second and third splits will be Oct. 23-Nov. 27, and Dec. 27-Jan. 1, with hunting hours a half-hour before sunrise until sunset. In all three seasons, the daily bag limit will be 15, and the possession limit will be 30

The early statewide season for resident Canada geese will open Sept. 1, and continue through Sept. 25. The early season retains a daily bag limit of eight Canada geese and possession limit of 16.  However, Kevin Jacobs, agency waterfowl biologist, noted that these bag limits are restricted in certain areas.

In the Southern James Bay Population Canada goose Zone, and on the Pymatuning State Park Reservoir and the area extending 100 yards inland from the shoreline of the reservoir, excluding the area east of SR 3011 (Hartstown Road), hunters will have a daily limit of three and a possession limit of six.

Also, in a portion of western Crawford County, the daily bag limit is one goose and possession limit of two geese in the area south of SR 198 from the Ohio state line to intersection of SR 18, SR 18 south to SR 618, SR 618 south to US Route 6, US Route 6 east to US Route 322/SR 18, US Route 322/SR 18 west to intersection of SR 3013, SR 3013 south to the Crawford/Mercer County line.  The exception to this is on State Game Land 214, where September goose hunting is closed. This restriction does not apply to youth participating in the youth waterfowl hunting day, which is set for Sept. 18, when regular season regulations apply.

The controlled hunting areas at the Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon-Lancaster counties, as well as all of State Game Land 46, will remain closed to September goose hunting to address the decline in the resident Canada goose flock.  And, in the area of Lancaster and Lebanon counties north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, east of SR 501 to SR 419, south of SR 419 to Lebanon-Berks county line, west of Lebanon-Berks county line and Lancaster-Berks county line to SR 1053 (also known as Peartown Road and Greenville Road), west of SR 1053 to Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, the daily bag limit is one goose, possession limit two geese.  This restriction does not apply to youth participating in the youth waterfowl hunting day, which is set for Sept. 18, when regular season regulations apply.

Jacobs noted that recent liberalizations in Canada goose hunting opportunities, along with control programs being implemented by many municipalities and public and private landowners, appear to be stabilizing the growth of the state’s resident Canada goose population.  The 2010 Pennsylvania spring resident Canada goose population was estimated at 231,780, which is 17 percent lower than the recent seven-year average of 280,371.

“Hunting remains the most effective and efficient way to manage resident Canada geese, provided hunters can gain access to geese in problem areas,” Jacobs said.

Once again, young Pennsylvania hunters will be provided with a special day of waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Sept. 18.  The Youth Waterfowl Day will be open to those 12- to 15-years-old who hold a junior hunting license. To participate, a youngster must be accompanied by an adult, who may assist the youth in calling, duck identification and other aspects of the hunt.  During this special day-long hunt, youth can harvest ducks, mergansers, coots and moorhens.

In addition, because the Youth Waterfowl Day and the early Canada goose season overlap this year, youth and the adults accompanying them may harvest Canada geese.  The daily limit for the Youth Waterfowl Day for Canada geese is the same as the daily limit for adults in the area being hunted, as noted above. (more…)


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100 days of summer: Day 28- Bike Brady Run

Brady Run Park in Beaver County could take about 20 days of summer all by itself. It’s one of those little gems that hide off the radar.

Near Chippewa,  Brady Run is a Nice County Park. It has a lot of activities and well worth a look if you live to the South of Mahoning County. Its got a lot of  amenities: A lodge, pavilions, dog park, skiting park and ice rink.  Softball, basketball, tennis and Horseshoe courts. A Horse Arena. A Lake. Public shooting Range. Hiking and jogging paths. All on 2,000 acres. A whole lot of stuff.

And it’s got about 15 miles of nice mountain bike paths which are well reviewed here.


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100 Days of Summer: Day 27- Lake Erie Islands

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They’re Called the “Bass” Islands for a reason. And since it’s the middle of the week and I gots to get to work and don’t want to fall farther behind, here’s the ODNR Press release on the dedication of a new Marina on Middle Bass Island:

MIDDLE BASS ISLAND, OH – Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Sean Logan joined local and state officials today to dedicate recent renovations to Middle Bass Island State Park marina and other facilities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a special recognition of former ODNR Director Sam Speck, who led the department from 1998 – 2006.

“While we come here today to recognize those whose vision and hard work made this day possible, we need to bear in mind the real reason we build marinas, open parkland and advance the cause of wildlife,” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “We will fight to conserve those things we know best. Love and respect for nature comes most naturally to those who have the most access to nature. This marina represents yet another doorway Ohioans now have to their natural world. It is really an investment in conservation, and will serve to maintain Ohio’s lasting quality of life.”

Renovations at Middle Bass Island began in January of 2001. Since then, several significant improvement and expansion projects have been completed over the past decade. An initial 50 new temporary docks were immediately installed for boaters, with many modified for permanent use. Public input was sought for development of the facility’s master plan, a conceptual document that provides the vision and flexibility for continuous improvement as resources allow.

In 2006, a 20-site primitive campground was constructed, and in 2008, the large-scale marina entrance and basin improvements project—including reshaping of the marina basin, new entrance channel and revetments, floating dock anchorage piling and other improvements—was complete. The marina floating docks project was completed in 2009, which included installing shore-side utility connections and floating docks, for a total of 264 docks.

A 100,000 gallon elevated water storage tank has been installed with water and sewer lines connecting to Lake Erie Utilities. Construction work slated for this summer includes staff housing along with a permanent shower and restroom building. Ongoing design projects include plans for the marina office and harbormaster building.

Design services for the project were performed by BBC&M Engineering, Inc. of Dublin; CTI Engineers, Inc. of Akron; Feinknopf, Macioce Schappa Architects of Columbus; Fred Hunt of Columbus; MSI Design of Columbus; Poulos & Associates of Sandusky; and Woolpert Consultants of Cincinnati. Construction work and logistical support was performed by Bayes Inc. of Perrysburg; Gateway Tank of Avon; Huffman Equipment Rental of Eastlake; Kwest Group of Port Clinton; Perram Electric of Wadsworth; S.A. Comunale Co., Inc. of Fremont; and Speer Bros. Inc. of Sandusky.

Other guest speakers for the ceremony included State Representative Dennis Murray, Ohio State Parks Acting Chief John Hunter, ODNR Division of Watercraft Chief Pam Dillon and Jim Hodgson, chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration.

Refreshments for today’s ceremony were sponsored by Miller Boat Line and Paramount Distillers. For more information on Middle Bass Island State Park, please visit ohiostateparks.org.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 26-Refresh the Blue Streak

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Conneaut Lake Park needs your help to save the Blue Streak. They’re Number 16 at the Pepsi refresh challenge. To get $50,000 to help restore the classic rollercoaster, they need to get to at least number 10.

We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again. Nobody, but nobody seems to be able to mobilize our bloggers like this area. Conneaut has been struggling the last few years, and as someone who remembers the last, sad, final year of Idora, I don’t want that to happen again. Help save the Blue streak. Don’t let it go the way of Idora’s Wildcat.

Visit the Pepsi Refresh Challenge and vote today

Oh Yeah, visit the Carp and nature center at Pymatuning State Park while you’re at it.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 25- Minister Creek Overlook

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And while we’re here in the Alleghenies, might as well take a look at the Minister Creek Overlook.

I’ve written about htis hike before: Trailhead at a small, primitive campground. 7 Mile loop around the valley that connects to the North Country Trail at the backend. A rail-to-trails huke along a stocked creek. and a really cool hike to the top of a rock outcropping giving you a fantastic view of the valley.

A nice hike for the summer or fall, and worth checking out.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 24-Go Camping to your Hearts Content

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Hearts Content recreation area area in the Allegheny National Forest is a bit of a haul from us, but it’s one of my favorite areas.

The Main Draw is the camping area: 26 family sized sites that rival the best commercial campgrounds.

There’s the 11-mile hickory trail through old-growth forest ( Cook’s Forest is nearby too.) These old growth forests were basically private homesteads that were not deforested 100 years ago like the rest of the area. Compare the look of these areas to the rest of the Alleghenies and you’ll see what I mean. For as nice as they are, the Alleghenies are the result of serious conservation and preservation efforts.

Also, bring a compass. There’s a nice orientation area to put your skills to the test. plan on spending an afternoon teaching the kids how not to get lost.

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100 Days of Summer- Day 23: Climb Whipps Ledges

Quick- What does Hinckley Ohio Have?

If you said Buzzards, you’re at the wrong site.  However if you said one of the few public Climbing areas in Northeast Ohio, You’re right. Oh, And check out our Climbing page for a few More.

There’s not a lot around here- I don’t know if Climbing is still considered an “Attractive Nuisance” in our area or people just don’t want to deal with any perceived liability, but we seem to be lagging behind. Any ideas on how to change this?

Anyway, here’s a page listing the recognized routes up and down Whipps Ledges. Have fun.

PS- At this rate I’ll be done with the 100 days of Summer sometime around March. I’ll try a couple AM and PM posts over the next Couple weeks to get caught up. Now will be a good time to subscribe to our RSS if you haven’t already. And join our Community- It’s not active yet. Maybe you can make the difference


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100 Days of Summer: Day 22- Moraine State Park

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OK Susan.

Work Buddy Susan has been after me to post about Moraine State Park. Especially Since we’ve walked around it with the post on Windsurfing and McConnells Mill.

I Like Moraine. It’s a multi-use park off 19 and 422 on the other side of New Castle. Not too far, and lots of Activities.

Sure we mentioned the Windsurfing. There’s a beach with concessions, nice bay for kayaking, Picnic Areas, frisbee golf, 10 Boat launch areas for motorboats, sailboats and fishing.

For Hikers there’s 28 miles of hiking trails, 7 mile paved bike trail and 7 mile Mountain bike trail. The north Country Trail Passes through the Park, with a camping shelter on site for through hikers. Also, There’s a guided tour for Cars along Washington’s Trail through the area.

But Wait! There’s More. The Lake Arthur Regatta, Rental CAbins, Primitive Camping, Hunting Areas, Winter activities…You get the idea. Get out and take a look. This is a good weekend Because the Balloon Fest is also taking place in Newcastle, so you’re going to be in the area anyway, right?

And Joe, I Think I’m Ahead.

There’s a Camping shelter on the

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100 Days of Summer: Day 21-Hit The Beach

You know, It’s surprising how often Ohio’s state park beaches come up on this site. Really, it seems like we only get out a a couple times and the water’s too cold until August anyway. But since Ohio’s beaches are usually attached to award winning facilities anyway, we always seem to have fun anyway.

So grab the suncscreen and get out to one of our local beaches. take some charcoal and hotdogs, and don’t forget yourtowel.

42 Utility Towel 42 Utility Towel

The Towel is perhaps the most important invention of whatever century it was invented in. The Towel is the most massively useful tool to take with you on your trips throughout the universe. It is handy for oh so many reasons: you can sleep on it, rub food and sauces on it for later consumption, use it to signal for help, wrap it around your head to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugbladder Beast of Traal, or to dry off. And most importantly, strags (non-hitchhikers) will assume if you know where your towel is you are also in possession of quite a number of other common items like a toothbrush or a space suit (which means they are more apt to lend you said items if you ask to “borrow” them). Our Towel is black, rectangular, and made of velour. It is based on the award-winning design of the Anti-Flatulent Fighting Towels of Flogulon Beta, with a little clip in the corner to attach it to things. It measures 16″ X 25″ and has the number 42 imprinted on it for some random reason (apparently the printer had a special affinity for the product of 6 and 7). The printing is done using a tone on tone effect, using a glossy clear ink over the black towel for a nice subtle effect. But seriously, you need this Towel. Because if you have one, everyone will look at you and say, “There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is,” which is perhaps one of the nicest things someone can say about you. And don’t forget: May 25th is officially Towel Day. It is a tribute to a mostly harmless author named Douglas Adams.







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