Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient

Final deer tally for Ohio is in

Call it good news or bad news but Ohio hunters killed a whole lot of deer this year. If numbers are to be trusted, 188,335 to be exact, according the Ohio Division of Wildlife. That’s 12,590 more than last season. However, in the not too distant past 191,465 deer were taken two seasons ago during the 2013-14 season.

Last year’s 2014-15 season yield of 175,745 deer caused the Division of Wildlife to enact some rule changes to curb the harvest of antlerless deer by practically eliminating the $15 antlerless permit and reducing bag limits. They did, however, re-open the two-day bonus gun season during the Christmas holidays which left some to wonder where the wisdom went. In the opinionated bunch of outdoor writers I share notes with, some speculate that back room political arm twisting came into play, pointing out that the first proposals of deer regulations submitted to wildlife counsel for approval was quickly replaced with a new slate of proposals after a meeting with state senators. Call it the new reality, but politics trumps all if you like your job.

Officials I’ve talked with and others don’t necessarily believe there are any more deer on the landscape, but poor mast crop and nice weather brought out the hunters and the deer which combined for a seven percent increase in the overall take.

“With the increased kill, hunters may see fewer deer next fall,” said one wildlife biologist.

Locally Adams County had a significant 27 percent jump in the total deer take of 4,157 for the 2015-2016 season. The season before, Adams County hunters bagged 3,278.

Brown County had a slight six percent increase for a total bag of 2,754 deer. Highland County had an increase of 10 percent over last year with 2,919 deer tagged. Scioto County experienced a huge jump of 41 percent to finish out the year with 3,034 deer harvested. The Pike County deer take increased by nearly 27 percent to 2,382.

For those keeping statistics there were 1,701 antlered deer (bucks) taken in Adams County this past season, and 2,456 antlerless deer (button buck and does) taken. Statewide for the 2015 -16 season, the antlered harvest was 76,689 which is an unexpected 16 percent increase. The antlerless deer take for this past season was 111,640 for a very modest increase of 1.7 percent. Biologists were rather stumped for an answer as to why the antlered kill was way up. Everybody’s got an opinion but I would venture a guess that there just aren’t as many does and fawns as there used to be.

A conference call with wildlife officials last Thursday revealed that a license fee increase for non-resident hunters was not on the horizon after a twice failed attempt by the Division of Wildlife. This past season non-resident hunting license sales rose by four percent for a total of 39,360 non-resident hunting license sold during the season. Adams County leads the state in non-resident deer harvest. Also shelved was the plan to go to 26 deer-management units (DMU), doing away with county by county management.

It appears the direction the Division of Wildlife is heading is toward the status-quo, which sometimes isn’t a bad thing. The proposed deer regulations for next fall’s hunting season is same old –same old, a mirror image of the 2015 regulations; no-changes. Only the dates have been changed as allowed by the calendar. Bow season opener and closer is slated for Sept. 23 – Feb 5. The much debated youth season is Nov. 19-20. Deer gun opens the Monday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 – Dec. 4.

The equally debated “bonus” gun season is Dec. 28-29, and the late muzzleloader season, which is now later than ever, Jan. 14-17. All deer bag limits remain the same. Mark March 5 on your calendars as that is the date of the Division Of Wildlife open houses where the public is welcome to comment on these matters and more. Times and locations are in the back of the 2015-16 hunting regulations.
New deer regulations proposed

Tom Cross

Sportsmen’s Exit

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