Outdoor briefs 10-20-11


COLUMBUS -- Anglers can now purchase one-day and three-day fishing licenses over the telephone thanks to the newly implemented license system by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW).

Customers have two telephone options to purchase a "last-minute" fishing license using a credit card:

Calling 866-703-1928 between 5 a.m. and midnight to reach a live operator who will walk the customer through the transaction; a $5.50 convenience fee is included with this option.

Calling 855-765-3474 any time for an interactive voice response (IVR) system. Callers should be sure and have their nine-digit customer identification number, which can be obtained at no cost from the Wild Ohio customer center at www.wildohio.com. The IVR option includes a $3.25 convenience fee.

In both cases, the customer is issued a 10-digit license number then instructed to carry it along with a picture ID as proof that the angler is properly licensed. A printed copy of the license is not included. Convenience fees in either option can be avoided by purchasing licenses early at license agent outlets or over the Internet at www.wildohio.com. Customers should note $10 of the one-day fishing license can be exchanged for credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license at any time within the license year.

Also new, anglers have the option of buying in advance an $11 "Lake Erie Charter one-day fishing license" allowing them to wait and validate the license at the dock the day of the trip. Waiting to sign and date the license allows for its future use in case the original fishing trip is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances. This license is not available for purchase over the telephone.

All license purchases include a $1 writing fee.

Customers should be aware that Social Security Numbers (SSN) will be required of all individuals, youth and adult, who plan to buy licenses and permits. United States Federal Statute 42 requires the collection of SSN of any individual to whom the state issues a recreational hunting or fishing license.

Shoots slated: The Paulding County Fish and Game Club will hold a still target shoot for meat Sunday at the club grounds, located 11⁄2 miles south of Paulding off U.S. 127. The event is for 12, 16, 20 and 410 gauge shotguns and begins at 11:45 a.m. The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 454 in Ridgeville Corners will hold a turkey shoot with pheasant, ham and brats Sunday at the legion hall, located two miles east of Ridgeville Corners at the corner of U.S. 6 and Henry County Road 19. The event is for 12, 16, 20 and 410 gauge shotguns and begins at noon. Shells are furnished

Early turkey results: Hunters harvested 362 wild turkeys during the first week of Ohio's fall wild turkey hunting season, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Locally, a dozen turkeys were checked in Defiance and Williams counties with four being checked in Defiance and eight in Williams. A year ago, five were checked in Defiance and three in Williams. The fall wild turkey season opened on Oct. 8 and will run through Nov. 27. Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. The bag limit is one turkey of either sex per hunter for the fall season. Last year, hunters killed 417 birds in the same time period.

Disabled youth bow hunt set: A disabled youth bow hunt will be held Oct. 29 and 30 on the Husky Energy property in Lima. Interested persons should contact Joe Sawmiller at huntingwithheros@hotmail.com or phone 419-204-2805.

Use robots to track invasive carp: Researchers at the University of Minnesota and two other schools will use a $2 million grant to develop robotic boats that track radio-tagged carp. It's a new approach to help biologists control the population of the invasive common carp which has muddied North American lakes, rivers and wetlands. Minnesota fish biology professor Peter Sorensen says the project is a little bit of science fiction, but it's an approach that makes sense. The researchers will devise robotic boats that will follow the movement patterns of the carp and identify large groups that can be netted and removed more easily. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Johns Hopkins University and Central State University in Ohio scientists will participate in the research funded by the National Science Foundation.

Lake Erie Birding trail unveiled: The Lake Erie Birding Trail, a series of 84 premier birding locations along Ohio's north coast, was unveiled during this year's Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW). A birding trail is a directory of the most productive and accessible birdwatching sites in an area with the goal of bringing people to the birds. The Lake Erie Birding Trail closely follows the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, a national scenic byway designated by the Federal Highway Administration which follows along Ohio's 312-mile coastline. Birdwatchers wanting to learn more about the trail can visit lakeerieohiobirding.info to find maps, lists of amenities, an annotated checklist of bird species found along the lake, identification tips, an events calendar, visitor information, and many other birding resources. Birders can also get real-time updates by following @LakeErieBirding on Twitter.

AmeriCorps program seeks volunteers: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of State Parks & Reservoirs has received grant funding through Indiana's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to administer a new program called Indiana Heritage Corps (IHC). The IDNR wants to find 23 members before Jan. 1, 2012, to begin IHC service in late January 2012. IHC is a volunteer opportunity for which on-site housing, living allowance of $335 per month, an education stipend ($2,750) and hands-on experience will be provided, as well as a chance to earn college internship credit and live at a state park. The state parks that will have IHC are Pokagon (in Angola), Fort Harrison (in Indianapolis), Brown County (in Nashville), and O'Bannon Woods (in Corydon). IHC members will clean, restore, and construct 20 cumulative miles of trail in the four parks. IHC candidates should be at least 17 years of age, U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, be able to pass a strict FBI background check, and be able to make an eight-month commitment to the program (Jan. 23-Aug. 17). For more information or to apply, see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indiana-Heritage-Corps/223143894412733.

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