Input needed from
Ohio's waterfowl hunters
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife is asking waterfowl hunters to provide input on the timing of the fall waterfowl hunting season and where they prefer to hunt in Ohio.
Ohio Wildlife Council is to establish season dates and other regulations in mid-August after federal guidelines are established for the upcoming waterfowl season. Biologists are seeking input from waterfowl hunters through an online survey so opportunities can be closely matched to the preferences of as many hunters as possible within the constraints of federal guidelines.
The survey is available at www.wildohio.com until Aug. 1.
Record set for sunfish
BELLBROOK - A new Ohio record longear sunfish has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee. The fish, weighing 0.41 pounds, was caught by Kevin Shanks of Bellbrook at a gravel pit in Greene County April 22.
Shanks' record longear is 8 inches in length and girth.
His catch replaces the previous state record that was caught in Big Darby Creek by Brian Zimmerman in 2004 weighing 0.2 pounds and measuring 6 1/2 inches long.
'Life on Lake Erie'
photo deadline July 30
SANDUSKY - Ohio Lake Erie Commission's annual "Life on Lake Erie" photo contest gives amateur photographers the opportunity to reveal their talent for photographing Lake Erie.
Photographs taken during the past year on and around Lake Erie can be submitted no later than July 30. Winners are to receive beach bags filled with beach items promoting Ohio
Winning photographs are to be displayed in an online photo gallery as well as on OLEC's Facebook page.
To enter, send a 5- by 7-inch print, a CD with an electronic image file and a completed entry form to OLEC, 111 E. Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870. Entry forms are available at www.lakeerie.ohio.gov.
Wildlife officers assigned to Wood, Lucas counties
FINDLAY - State Wildlife Officer Cody Klima has been assigned to Wood County and Eric J. VonAlmen to Lucas County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
Klima is a 2009 graduate of the Wildlife Academy and has served with the Department of Natural Resources for 3 1/2 years and in Lucas County since June 2010.
VonAlmen is one of 11 new wildlife officer cadets who have been undergoing training and were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies June 29.
Wildlife officers are responsible for enforcing wildlife laws on public lands and private property, and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies as needed.