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By ART HOLDEN Outdoor Editor Published: June 24, 2017 5:00 AM

Lenape Trails shoots

The Lenape Trails Sportsman Club (15413 Salt Creek Road, Mount Eaton) announced its summer archery and trap shooting schedules.

The Lenape Trails Sportmen's Club trap schedule for the next three months is July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 and 16 and Sept. 1, 15 and 29.Shoots begin at 6 p.m.The club also shoots archery every Monday night from 6 p.m. to dark.For more information, call 330-695-9826, or visit LenapeTrail.net

Turkey, grouse sightings

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to participate in surveying wild turkeys and ruffed grouse by reporting sightings of these two species.

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Every year, the Division of Wildlife conducts a turkey and grouse brood survey to estimate population growth. The brood survey relies on the public to report observations of all wild turkeys and ruffed grouse seen during May, June, July and August. Wildlife watchers and hunters can report observations at the new Wildlife Species Sighting webpage at wildohio.gov/reportwildlife.

Information submitted to the brood survey helps to predict population changes and helps guide the state's hunting regulations. More than 7,000 turkeys were reported during the 2016 survey timeframe, with an average of 3.6 young turkeys (poults) per adult hen turkey. This average was higher than the long-term average of 2.5 poults per adult hen.

Information is available from past wild turkey or ruffed grouse observations online under the Forest Species Overview webpage at wildohio.gov. Biologists began tracking summer observations of wild turkeys in 1962. Ruffed grouse were added in 1999.

Controlled hunt applications

Applications are now being accepted for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts on selected areas during the 2017-2018 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The application period opened June 1, and runs through Monday, July 31.

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These special hunts are held on selected areas to provide additional opportunities for Ohio's hunting enthusiasts. All applicants, youth and adult, must possess a 2017-2018 Ohio hunting license and meet the age requirements in order to apply for a controlled hunt.

Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online using Ohio's Wildlife Licensing System at wildohio.gov. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt.

Hunters will be randomly drawn from submitted applications.

Successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by mail and email. Applicants are encouraged to visit Ohio's Wildlife Licensing System online to view the status of their application and, if selected, print their controlled hunt permit.

More specific information about hunt dates and locations, including opportunities dedicated to youth, women and mobility-impaired hunters, can be found at wildohio.gov on the Controlled Hunts page.

Send in your notes

Any outdoor organization wishing to announce upcoming events can email them to aholden@the-daily-record.com, or call Art Holden at 330-287-1650.


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