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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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History & Tourism

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 wildohio.gov 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 parks.ohiodnr.gov/giftcards. 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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Fall Color Continues To Spread Throughout Ohio

20 Oct , 2017  

Ohioans and out-of-state visitors are encouraged to explore a state park, nature preserve or forest this October to enjoy the many free amenities that they offer, as well as the fall color Ohio provides. Near peak and peak conditions are expected across most of the state this coming weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). While the weather patterns and wind conditions we experienced across much of the state last weekend may leave some of the colors spotty, there are still many locations that will have fall color on full display. More…

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Ohio Fall Update — October 11

11 Oct , 2017  

Every week this fall, we will be bringing you photos submitted by Ohioans and those visiting Ohio, all showing the beauty of a Buckeye fall. Each has been tagged with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Instgram tag. Hover over any image for more information, and enjoy!! More…

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Paddle Ohio This Summer

10 Jun , 2017  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering a series of Paddle Ohio canoe floats this summer to promote paddling on Ohio’s state-designated wild, scenic and recreational rivers, water trails and select state park lakes. More…

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Welcome to Ohio Goes Boating Month

2 Jun , 2017  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering boating and boating education opportunities to help celebrate the designation of June as ‘Ohio Goes Boating Month’ by the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. The House Bill 84 designation highlights Ohio’s thriving boating and tourism industry. More…

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