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Deer Hunting Season Beginning Soon; We’ve Got Details

12 Nov , 2018  

Ohio’s white-tailed deer continue to provide hunters across the state with excellent opportunities for success as they head out into the field. Hunting remains the most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). More…

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Malabar Farm Area, Mohican Soon To Have More Fishing Opportunities

4 Nov , 2018  

North central Ohio fishermen and fisherwomen take note: Catchable rainbow and yearling brown trout will be released again this year in the Malabar Farm region as part of a pilot project to evaluate the suitability of both species for future stockings in the area. More…

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Village Of Lexington Receives NatureWorks Grant

26 Oct , 2018  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved more than $4.4 million in project funding through the NatureWorks grant program, which will be used to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans across the state.

Included in that funding is a grant for the Village of Lexington. More…

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What’s Up With The Late Leaf Turning This Year?

19 Oct , 2018  

What gives with the green? Ohioans want to know, and ODNR has an answer.

“We are running anywhere from a week to two weeks behind on fall color this year,” says Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. “We’re anticipating really nice colors with the amount of moisture the trees have in them, and the recent cooler temperatures combined with bright, sunny days should trigger the onset of colorful changes in the leaves.” More…


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Multi-Year Hunting, Fishing Licenses Now Available

16 Oct , 2018  

Richland County outdoors sporting enthusiasts take note: beginning last week, hunters and anglers are now able to buy multiyear licenses in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio resident license buyers can choose from 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and lifetime hunting or fishing licenses. More…

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Keep On The Lookout For And Report Instances Of Beech Leaf Disease

21 Aug , 2018  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) urges Ohioans to identify and report signs of beech leaf disease to minimize risk of disease spread.

Beech leaf disease (BLD) is a newly observed disease affecting American and possibly non-native beech trees. BLD was first discovered in Lake County in 2012 and has quickly spread across northeastern Ohio. Infestations have been found in nine Ohio counties and parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. More…

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Ohio Wildlife Council Approves 2018-2019 Hunting Regulations

19 May , 2018  

The 2018-2019 hunting and trapping seasons were among the regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council at its scheduled meeting on Thursday, May 17, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

White-tailed deer hunting changes include modifications to antlerless harvest on public land following the weeklong deer gun season. More…


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Which Snake Photo Won? This One Won

1 May , 2018  

This photo of a garter snake, submitted by Ryan Wagner of North Olmsted in Cuyahoga County, stood out as a winner for the ninth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Wagner is a sophomore at Ohio University. The first-place photo appears on the 2018 Legacy Stamp, which is now on sale. More…

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Wildflowers Are Blooming In Buckeye Land

12 Apr , 2018  

Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers during the months of April and May. Follow along as the bloom unfolds from south to north this spring with the Ohio wildflower bloom report, published each Friday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

This year’s season started quite early, when spring-like weather arrived in late February. But March brought freezing temperatures and snow to much of Ohio, putting the wildflower season on pause. More…

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You Can Fish For Free The First Weekend Of May

9 Apr , 2018  

Ohio is known for its world-class fishing, and on May 5-6, anglers are invited to take part in the annual free fishing weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s Free Fishing Days are open to all Ohio residents and extend to all of Ohio’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River. This is the only weekend all year that does not require anyone 16-years-old or older to obtain a fishing license. More…


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Malabar Debuts Maple Syrup Cabin

24 Mar , 2018  

There’s a new getaway opportunity close to home.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has announced the availability for rental of the new Maple Syrup Cabin at Malabar Farm State Park. This newly renovated cabin overlooks a pond and is next to the maple sugar shack. More…

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Trout To Be Stocked Soon In Ohio, Richland County

2 Mar , 2018  

More than 100,000 rainbow trout are expected to be released this spring in 64 Ohio public lakes and ponds, creating excellent fishing opportunities for anglers all across Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The first rainbow trout release is scheduled for Friday, March 2, at Adams Lake in Adams County.

Rainbow trout releases will take place across Ohio from March 2-May 19 as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers. Information about the trout releases, including updates to the schedule due to weather and stocking locations, is available at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). More…

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ODNR Warns Of Winter Fish Kills

24 Feb , 2018  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reminding Ohioans that small numbers of dead fish may be common in ponds and small lakes this spring. Winter die-offs of fish after long periods of heavy ice and snow cover on small waters are known as “winterkills.” Winterkills may occur in some Ohio waters this year as ice and snow of the past few months gives way to spring. More…


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Give A Gift Of The Ohio Outdoors

8 Dec , 2017  

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season continues in December, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has several opportunities to make gift giving a little easier this year. Why not give the gift of the great outdoors? Consider giving a gift that will encourage family members and friends to spend time outside and enjoy the beauty and fun that nature in Ohio has to offer.

Ohio State Parks Gift Cards and Gift Certificates

An Ohio State Parks gift card or gift certificate (click to access) makes a perfect present for anyone who appreciates the great outdoors right here in the Buckeye State. Gift cards or gift certificates can be used at Ohio State Parks for overnight stays, allowing the recipient to enjoy a favorite state park or visit a new one! Gift cards or gift certificates may be redeemed for camping, getaway rentals, cabin rentals or in most of Ohio’s state park lodges. People may also use gift cards or gift certificates at state operated retail stores, for golfing at our six public courses at Ohio State Parks, or for boat rentals at many state park marinas. Available in any denomination and with no expiration date, gift cards and gift certificates may be purchased online at Gift cards may also be purchased at any state park office or by calling 866-644-6727.

Wild Ohio Magazine

The Wild Ohio Magazine (click to access) provides readers with an entertaining look into Ohio’s wildlife and conservation activities. The magazine is delivered six times per year, one of which is a calendar edition. The cost is $5 per year for those who purchase at a license vendor or online through the Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System or $10 with a mail-in form. This subscription makes a great gift for people who love the outdoors.

Wildlife Gift Certificates

Gift certificates can be purchased through Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System (click to access). Recipients can use the certificates to purchase licenses, permits, the Wild Ohio magazine and wetland and legacy stamps. Gift certificates can be purchased for any amount and are valid one year from the date of purchase. Wildlife gift certificates can only be purchased and redeemed online.

Legacy Stamps

Buying and giving an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp (click to access) allows wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to directly impact the future of Ohio’s native wildlife. The stamp proceeds go to the Endangered Species and Wildlife Diversity Fund and support: habitat restoration; land purchases and conservation easements; endangered and threatened native species; educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts; and wildlife and habitat research projects. The individual purchasing an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp for $15 will receive a collectible stamp, window cling and commemorative card, and the stamps can be purchased at Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System. Showing your Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp at eight state park lodges can earn a 25 percent discount on lodge rooms for weekday stays, and the stamp holder must be present to receive this coupon.

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