Life in Delaware County

Ohio’s Muzzleloader Season Results

11 Jan , 2021  

Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunters completed the 2021 muzzleloader season with 9,708 deer checked from Saturday, January 2 to Tuesday, January 5, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the last three years, an average of 12,695 deer were taken during the same four-day period.

During the weeklong and extra weekend of deer-gun season, 86,853 deer were checked by Ohio hunters. In total, 102,672 deer were harvested with a gun, including muzzleloaders, during the 2020-2021 gun hunting seasons. Over the last three years, hunters harvested an average of 90,722 deer during the three gun hunting seasons.

The total number of deer taken in Ohio during all 2020-2021 hunting seasons is 187,883, with one month remaining to hunt with archery equipment. That number has already surpassed last season’s final tally of 184,468. Delaware County has seen 973  during this season. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR Focused On Improvements

3 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) welcomes visitors every day to state parks, forests, nature preserves, and wildlife areas in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Passage of the Capital Appropriations Bill (SB 310) provides the resources necessary for ODNR to manage and maintain those properties for enjoyment by future generations.

“We are incredibly grateful to have the support of Governor DeWine and Ohio’s elected representatives shown by a strong capital bill,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “People visited Ohio’s great outdoors more than ever over the last year. This funding will allow us to continue to invest in important conservation activities and provide the infrastructure to help people connect with nature.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR To Offer $3 Million In Grants To Improve Local Motorized Boating Access

19 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer $3 million in grant funding to improve motorized boat access at public facilities across the state.

“Ohio has experienced record-breaking boat registrations and boating facility usage the past year,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “The Cooperative Boating Facility grant will provide much-needed funding for our community partners to make important investments for local boating facilities.”

Managed by ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercraft, the Cooperative Boating Facility grant is a competitive grant program offering 100% reimbursement to eligible political subdivisions, such as municipalities, townships, counties, joint recreational districts, park districts, and conservancy districts, and state and federal agencies.

Eligible projects include launch ramps, lighting, and restrooms as well as designated ramp parking areas and docks including courtesy, boarding, and transient. The grant period runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR Shares Plans For Renovation Of Alum Creek Marina

12 Dec , 2020  

On Friday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) shared plans for a multi-million-dollar project to improve the boating experience at Alum Creek State Park in a virtual open house.

“Construction on the marina at Alum Creek is long overdue,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We are excited for the upgrades planned to elevate the park and boating experience for every visitor.”

The project includes retail and boat rental space, food service, public restrooms and shower facilities, and outdoor gathering spaces. The facility will replace the existing marina building and compliment the recently renovated docks and fuel system installed at the main marina. Those upgrades have been designed to better meet the needs of the boating community. More…

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Westerville

Former Westerville North Teacher Receives ODNR Cardinal Award

9 Dec , 2020  

Doug Wynn, a world-renowned snake researcher who has spent years learning about these secretive animals, was recently presented with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Cardinal Award for conservation.

Wynn, of Russels Point, has turned a lifelong love of snakes and other reptiles into important research for these native Ohio species. He has participated in more than 250 research projects dealing with snake conservation in Ohio, and authored 13 publications. Wynn also spent many years as a science teacher in the Westerville School District, particularly at Westerville North High School, sharing his love of nature with his students. Wynn works closely with the Ohio Biological Survey, where he serves on the advisory council. He also received the Division of Wildlife’s, Wildlife Diversity Conservationist Award in 2011. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio’s Largest Public Shooting Range Ready To Open At Delaware Wildlife Area

29 Nov , 2020  

Ohio’s largest public shooting range, located at Delaware Wildlife Area in northern Delaware County, will open Friday, Dec. 4, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The shooting range was previously closed for repairs while major enhancements and renovations were completed, as well as construction of a new indoor Archery Training Center.

The $8 million range improvements include 96 total pistol and rifle shooting stations as well as upgraded backstops, making it the largest public shooting facility in Ohio. Along with a new entrance and parking lot, other additions include restroom facilities, range master building, and three new archery ranges. The renovated shotgun range features target launchers and six designated shooting stations. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR To Offer Natural Resources Officer Training Academy

23 Nov , 2020  

Applications are being accepted through January 15 for the next Natural Resources Officer training academy, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The department is seeking to fill at least 15 positions.

“Natural Resource Officers have an essential role in helping our department fulfill its mission,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. ” We are looking for individuals with a great passion for the outdoors and a drive to serve the community through public service.”

The diversity of this career path offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for future ODNR employees. Natural resources officer duties include law enforcement and public service, as well as education and public relations for ODNR’s divisions of Parks and Watercraft, Forestry, and Natural Areas and Preserves. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio’s Deer Gun Hunting Seasons Begin This Month

19 Nov , 2020  

 Ohio’s hunters are taking to the woods and fields this month as gun seasons begin for white-tailed deer.

Youth hunters younger than 18 years old have their own weekend to hunt Ohio’s favorite big-game animal on Nov. 21-22, 2020. All hunters have the chance to hunt the traditional gun season from Monday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, and again during the bonus weekend on Dec. 19-20.

“Ohio’s gun seasons add another level of excitement for our deer hunters,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “This is a time to celebrate the tradition that has provided so much enjoyment for so many throughout the years. Good luck in the field, wear hunter orange, and have a safe and enjoyable deer season!” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio, Delaware County Archery Hunters Seeing Early Season Success

11 Nov , 2020  

Ohio’s white-tailed deer archery hunters have taken 53,922 white-tailed deer through Sunday, November 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s archery season opened in September, and bow hunters are taking advantage of excellent hunting conditions, including fantastic weather. Ohio’s deer-archery season is open until Feb. 7, 2021.

The top 10 counties for deer taken by archery hunters so far in Ohio include: Coshocton (2,000); Licking (1,629); Tuscarawas (1,600); Ashtabula (1,558); Knox (1,430); Holmes (1,424); Trumbull (1,407); Muskingum (1,267); Guernsey (1,163), and Richland (1,101).

Delaware County hunters have taken 600 deer, compared to an average of 588 deer in the same period each year from 2016 to 2018. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR Offering Discounts For Military And Veterans

8 Nov , 2020  

In honor of Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in cooperation with US Hotels, will offer U.S. military, both active duty and veterans, a 30% discount off one camping, getaway rental, state-operated cabin, or resort lodge stay during November.

“It is an honor to support the men and women who are and have proudly served our country,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “This is a great way for these heroes to make amazing memories with their families and friends at our state parks.”

To check availability or to make a reservation for state-operated camping, cabins, and other facilities, visit reserveohio.com. Use the promo code “VETERAN” when making a reservation. This discount is subject to availability and applies to new reservations at open campgrounds, as well as new cabin reservations at Buck Creek, Cowan Lake, Dillon, Lake Hope, Hocking Hills, Malabar Farm, Mohican, Pike Lake, and Pymatuning state parks. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio’s Spectacular Fall Color Season Coming To A Close; Some Still Visible At Alum Creek

29 Oct , 2020  

This year, Ohioans were treated to one of the best fall color seasons in recent memory with vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow spreading across most of the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“While there may still be some patchy areas of great fall color, unfortunately the fall color season is coming to a close,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Jamie Regula. “This has been one of the most beautiful seasons we have had in a long time!”

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Life in Delaware County

Fireworks Of Fall Color This Weekend

15 Oct , 2020  

Fall colors are expected to explode across most of the state this coming weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohioans and out-of-state visitors are encouraged to explore a state park, nature preserve, wildlife area or forest this October to enjoy the many free amenities that they offer, as well as the fall color Ohio provides.

“It’s time to grab your hiking boots and hit the trails because we are heading into near peak and peak fall color across the state,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Jamie Regula. “It seems like this past week colors have made a dramatic change with some of the most vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges of the season.” More…

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