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Ohio’s hunters checked 213,928 white-tailed deer during the 2023-24 deer hunting season that concluded on Sunday, Feb. 4, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The final total represents all deer taken during archery, gun, muzzleloader, and youth seasons since Sept. 9, 2023.

Developed with natural resources professionals, land managers, stream advocates, and river enthusiasts in mind, the 3rd Ohio Rivers Symposium will be held on Friday, March 22 in Columbus. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting the event which will focus on the connection between groundwater resources and healthy streams.

Join the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife on Thursday, March 14 for the 40th annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference. The conference, titled, “Building Towards a Better Future,” will be held at the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus. Registration is now open. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering financial assistance to agricultural producers and private landowners enrolled in its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to improve the health of their forests

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications for the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (Continuous CRP) signup on Jan. 12, 2024. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers and landowners interested in conservation opportunities for their land in exchange for yearly rental payments to consider the enrollment options available through Continuous CRP, which also includes the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) offered by FSA partners. Additionally, producers participating in CRP can apply to re-enroll beginning Jan. 12, 2024 if their contracts will expire this year.

Winter is an excellent time to watch for bald eagles, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Bald eagles begin courtship and nest-building activity in January and February, making now one of the best times to view them.

Recycled live-cut Christmas trees are used as fish habitat in both public and private waters. Christmas trees are donated to the Division of Wildlife by community recycling and drop-off programs. The trees are bundled together and weighed down so they sink to the bottom, attracting fish and providing cover.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is seeking reports of gray foxes, river otters, black bears, and other furbearers. Reports can be submitted to the Wildlife Reporting System at wildohio.gov and on the HuntFish OH mobile app. Wildlife biologists use public reports to monitor populations of these secretive species.

Ohio’s weeklong white-tailed deer gun hunting season concluded on Sunday, Dec. 3, with hunters taking 70,118 deer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

In the world of modern agriculture, No-Till farming has gained significant attention for its potential to improve farming techniques while promoting environmental sustainability. No-till farming, an alternative method to conventional tillage, is steadily gaining traction among agriculturalists due to its myriad benefits.

A recently released report from the Wildlife Management Institute, Responsive Management, and Southwick Associates showed that wildlife-based recreation contributed nearly $12.5 billion to Ohio’s economy in 2022, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently declared the Scioto madtom, a fish native to Ohio, extinct, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The Scioto madtom, a small, nocturnal species of catfish, was formerly found in a small section of Big Darby Creek, a tributary of the Scioto River.

Ohio's diverse natural landscapes are teeming with wildlife, from graceful white-tailed deer to the cheerful melodies of eastern bluebirds. Yet, the health and sustainability of these ecosystems are intrinsically tied to a group of unsung heroes - native grasses. In this article, we delve into the crucial role these grasses play in supporting Ohio's wildlife and maintaining the delicate balance of its ecosystems.

The 2023 survey of acorn abundance on select Ohio wildlife areas shows an average of 40% of white oaks and 54% of red oaks bore fruit, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The long-term average for white oak production is 37%, and 54% for red oaks.

Peak Bloom Bonus Bicycle Ride
Peak Bloom Bonus Bicycle Ride

The Peak Bloom Bicycle Rides with the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails have been so much fun we added a bonus ride. If you want another chance to explore what's blooming along the trail, please join us on Saturday, September 23rd, at 1 p.m. at the Prairie Grass Trailhead, 262 W. High St., London, Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves is holding special archery deer hunts at nine locations bordering the Stillwater State Scenic, Little Miami State and National Scenic, and the Big and Little Darby State and National Scenic rivers.

USDA Accepts Nearly 2.7 Million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup, Successfully Closing the Gap and bringing CRP Near to Acreage

Notice of Supervisors Election of the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District

The Prairie Grass bike trail has more to offer than just great opportunities to exercise

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites landowners to enroll their property in the Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership. Enrollment in the program, which incentivizes landowners to provide access to hunters, begins June 1 and runs until July 15. Since the program’s launch in 2021, more than 15,000 acres have been enrolled.

Among CRP enrollment opportunities, Grassland CRP is a unique working lands program, allowing producers and landowners to continue grazing and haying practices while conserving grasslands and promoting plant and animal biodiversity as well as healthier soil.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rewards private landowners for actively managing and maintaining existing conservation activities while offering additional opportunities to improve natural resource and land management goals.

Ohio’s 2022-23 white-tailed deer hunting season concluded Sunday, Feb. 5, with 210,977 deer checked, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The final total represents all deer harvested during archery, gun, muzzleloader, and youth hunting seasons since Sept. 10, 2022.

Check out this fact sheet on how to best manage White Oaks on your property.