The annual stocking of ring-necked pheasants began in October and will continue on selected Ohio wildlife areas this month.
The most recent release of pheasants took place on Thursday, Oct. 31, the day before the opening of Ohio’s small game hunting season. The releases in October were for the annual youth season.
In southwest Ohio, six wildlife areas have been stocked. Following are the stocking schedules and the number of birds released or to be released:
-- Fallsville: Oct. 31 (220), Nov. 8 (100), Nov. 27 (120);
-- Indian Creek: Oct. 31 (290), Nov. 8 (90), Nov. 27 (170);
-- Spring Valley: Oct. 31 (190), Nov. 8 (100), Nov. 27 (100);
-- Rush Run: Oct. 31 (210), Nov. 8 (90), Nov. 27 (100);
-- Caesar Creek: Oct. 31 (210), Nov. 8 (100), Nov. 27 (100);
-- Darke County: Oct. 31 (100), Nov. 8 (50), Nov, 27 (80).
During the total program more than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants will have been released statewide. Pheasant hunting season runs through Jan. 5 with a daily bag limit of two male birds. No females can be killed. Females are all brown while the males have a green head, a red and brown body and long tail feathers.
For more information, visit wildohio.com.
It’s Carp vs. Ducks
According to a news release from Ducks Unlimited, there is concern among duck hunters that grass carp are reproducing in the Sandusky River.
Why would a duck conservation organization be concerned with grass carp? Grass carp are often placed in ponds and lakes to help control vegetation. While they are Asian carp, they are not to be confused with bighead or silver carp, the two species authorities are so desperately trying to keep out of the Great Lakes.
But grass carp consume large amounts of aquatic vegetation. So their numbers should be controlled. The carp being sold for lakes and ponds are supposed to be sterile, but apparently not all are in the Sandusky River.
According to Gildo Tori of DU, “Evidence of reproduction concerns DU because of the potential impact of grass carp on submersed vegetation."
Ducks and other waterfowl that migrate through western Lake Erie each spring and fall rely on submersed aquatic vegetation for food. DU fears that expansion of grass carp could seriously impact waterfowl numbers.
Crappie USA Winners
Three area teams finished in the top 15 on Oct. 26 during the Crappie USA Classic on Kentucky Lake out of Paris, Tenn. The team of Paul Eldridge of Spring Valley and T.J. Harper of Springfield came in 12th with 17.63 pounds, winning $500 in merchandise.
Tied for 14th at 17.53 were the area teams of Mike Walters of West Milton/ Bill Oliver of Ludlow Falls and Jeremy Davis of Dayton/Warren Cotton of Memphis, Tenn. They also won $500 in merchandise per team.
The 168-boat championship was won by the Tiptonville, Tenn. Team of Ronnie Caps and Steve Coleman with 20.89 pounds, good for more than $37,000 in prizes.