Ohio spring turkey hunters limited to one bird in 2022


As anticipated, the Ohio Wildlife Council has approved reducing the 2022 spring wild turkey season limit to one bird.

During recent years, below average reproduction has led to declining wild turkey populations in several areas around the state. Hence, the change in harvest from two-bearded wild turkeys, which has been in effect since 1993, to one next spring.

There is some positive news about the wild turkey population. This summer, the statewide wild turkey reproductive index was 3.1 poults per hen, which is above the 10-year average of 2.7 poults per hen.

The spring turkey season bag limit will be re-evaluated following the 2022 season, according to the DOW.

There are no changes in the fall wild turkey season, which is underway and runs through Nov. 28. The bag limit is one of either sex. Fall wild turkey hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. A harvested wild turkey must be checked by 11:30 p.m. on the day of kill. In the Lima area, Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Logan and Putnam counties are among the 70 counties statewide open for fall turkey hunting.

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Rockford’s Dick Shaffer rebounded from a slow opening day to catch a five-bass limit on the second day of the Wheeler Lake Regional in Major League Fishing’s Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) competition sponsored by T-H Marine.

Shaffer caught one bass that weighed 2 pounds, 14 ounces on the opening day of the tourney on the Alabama lake. His limit on the second day that weighed 11 pounds, 2 ounces gave him a total of 14 pounds and a 51st place finish. He failed to qualify for the final day of the tourney.

Shaffer was fishing the Potomac regional along with seven other Lima area bass anglers.

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Major League Fishing (MFL) has announced its schedule for registering for the 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL).

Bass anglers from the Lima area fish in three different BFL divisions - Buckeye, Hoosier and Michigan. Bass anglers may register by contacting MajorLeagueFishing.com or by calling 270-252-1000 beginning at 9 a.m. EDT.

Those fishing the Hoosier Division may do so Dec. 6. Those fishing the Buckeye Division may do so Dec. 8. Those fishing the Michigan Division may do so Dec. 10.

The Buckeye Division schedule is: May 21 at Indian Lake in Lakeview, June 25 at Ohio River-Tanners Creek in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, July 23 at Ohio River-Maysville in Maysville, Kentucky, Aug. 13 at Ohio River-Tanners Creek in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Sept. 10-11 at Mosquito Lake in Cortland.

The Hoosier Division schedule is: April 30 at Rough River Lake in Falls of Rough, Kentucky, May 14 at Patoka Lake in Birdseye, Indiana, July 16 at Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Indiana, Aug. 6 at Ohio River-Rocky Point in Cannelton, Indiana, and Aug. 27-28 at Ohio River-Tanners Creek, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

The Michigan Division schedule is June 25 at Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan, July 16 at Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan, Aug 6 at the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan, Aug. 27 at the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan, and Sept. 24-25 at the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan.

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Special permits are available for those interested in controlled trapping opportunities for beaver and river otter on public lands during the 2021-22 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. All permits are selected through a random lottery drawing.

The application period for controlled trapping opportunities for beaver on three Lima Area public lands is open through Sunday.

Those areas include Grand Lake, Indian Lake and Lake Loramie.

A nonrefundable fee of $3 per entry is required. Trappers will be randomly drawn from submitted applications. Successful applicants will be notified by email. Trappers may apply in only one region.

Interested persons can apply for the permit using the Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System at wildohio.gov. There is a complete list of beaver and river otter opportunities shown on the Controlled Hunting Access Lotteries page at wildohio.gov.

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) was reported in some deer last fall in Allen and Auglaize counties.

There have been no reports this fall in the Lima area. According to Dr. Michael Tonkovich, head of deer management in Ohio, there has only been one confirmed case of the the disease thus far this year and that was in Licking County in east-central Ohio.

EHD is the most common ailment affecting deer in the eastern U.S., and the disease occurs annually in the late summer and fall in deer herds across North America.

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Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL.

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL.

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