The Viking Boys and Girls Track teams competed in the competitive Washington Court House Invitational Friday evening.
Due to a number of absences for a school trip, team scoring was somewhat lower than normal. However, the athletes present showed strong performances with the following highlights:
Wade Barney – Meet Medalist – 1st in the 100m, 1st in the 200m, 1st in the long jump, 2nd in 400m
Wakiza Anderson – 2nd in the 3200m
Erin Jones – 7th in 800m
Mady Newsome – 7th in 3200m
Anna Dickinson – 8th in 3200m
Hannah Radabaugh – 7th in 2000m steeplechase
Girls 4x800m Relay Team – Arissa Long, Erin Jones, Mady Newsome, Anna Dickinson – 5th
Boys 4x800m Relay Team – Wakiza Anderson, Sam Hayes, Jacob Jonas, Christian Wharton – 6th
The Vikings Travel to Athens on Tuesday, April 21 for a regular meet, then to the Chillicothe Invitational on Thursday, April 23.
The Viking Boys and Girls Track teams who had solid performances on April 14 at Nelsonville. The boys team finished 3rd out of 8 teams, and the girls team finished 2nd out of 7 teams.
Following are some of the top performances from the event:
Girls 4x800m Relay team of Mya Faris, Erin Jones, Jen Case, and Karen Fite – 1st place
Boys 4x800m Relay team of Kendale McComis, Wade Barney, Wakiza Anderson, and Sam Hayes – 1st place
Lynaya Collins – 1st in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles
Mya Faris – 1st in the 1600m
Wade Barney – 1st in the 400m
Sam Hayes – 1st in the 3200m
Wakiza Anderson – 2nd in the 1600m
Jen Case – 2nd in the 3200m
Wesley Yors – 2nd in the shot put
Alec Boothe – 2nd in the pole vault
Girls 4x400m Relay team of Jen Case, Mya Faris, Karen Fite, and Lynaya Collins – 2nd place
Friday, the Vikings will travel to the Blue Lion Invitational.
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5299 in McArthur will hold a chicken noodle/baked steak dinner on April 24 at the VFW Post. The Post is located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur. Dinner will be served from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Chicken noodles are $7.00 and baked steak is $8. A drink and a dessert will be included. Dine in or carry-out options are available.
COLUMBUS– For many hunters, spring in Ohio brings the unmistakable sound of gobbling wild turkeys as Ohio’s annual hunt of this popular game bird begins. The 2015 Ohio spring hunting season opens Monday, April 20, with the youth wild turkey season on Saturday andSunday, April 18-19, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Hunters harvested 16,556 wild turkeys during the 2014 youth and spring turkey seasons. The total checked in 2013 was 18,391 wild turkeys.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates approximately 70,000 licensed hunters, not counting exempt landowners hunting on their own property, will enjoy Ohio’s popular spring wild turkey season before it ends on Sunday, May 17. The spring and youth turkey seasons are open statewide with the exception of Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County, which requires a special hunting permit.
Hunters are required to make their own game tag to attach to a turkey. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of the kill. Go to the Turkey Hunting Resources page at wildohio.gov for more information about the game check process.
All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system. Game-check transactions are available online and by phone seven days a week, including holidays. Hunters with a turkey permit have three options to complete the game check:
- Online at ohiogamecheck.com;
- Call 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864); or
- Visit a license agent. A list of agents can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).
Landowners exempt from purchasing a turkey permit, and others not required to purchase a turkey permit, cannot use the 877-TAG-ITOH option. Landowners and others not required to obtain a permit have the following game-check options:
- Online at ohiogamecheck.com;
- Visit a license agent; or
- Call 866-703-1928 for operator assisted landowner game-check (a convenience fee of $5.50 applies).
Hunters are required to have a hunting license and a spring turkey hunting permit (exceptions are listed in the current Hunting Digest). The spring season bag limit is two bearded turkeys. Hunters can harvest one bearded turkey per day, and a second spring turkey permit can be purchased at any time throughout the spring turkey season. Turkeys must be checked no later than 11:30 p.m.the day of harvest.
The youth-only turkey hunt is April 18-19 for youth possessing a valid youth hunting license and youth turkey permit (exceptions are listed in the current Hunting Digest). Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 18 years of age or older. Only two wild turkeys may be checked by a youth hunter during the two-day season. Additionally, if two turkeys are harvested in the youth season, no additional birds may be taken by the youth hunter for the duration of the season.
Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from April 20-May 3. Hunting hours fromMay 4-17 will be 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset during the two-day youth season.
Hunters may use shotguns or archery equipment to hunt wild turkeys. It is unlawful to hunt turkeys using bait, live decoys or electronic calling devices or to shoot a wild turkey while it is in a tree. The ODNR Division of Wildlife advises turkey hunters wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving or moving through hunting areas in order to remain visible to others.
Wild turkey breeding activity is primarily controlled by the increasing amount of daylight. Hens typically start incubating eggs around May 1 in Ohio. Ohio’s current wild turkey population is approximately 165,000.
Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by 1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The wild turkey harvest topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Spring turkey hunting opened statewide in 2000, and Ohio hunters checked more than 20,000 wild turkeys for the first time that year.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
What do your children or grandchildren want to be when they grow up? Do they want to be scientists, doctors, or engineers? What about farmers or video game designers? Maybe they want to work with animals? Or would they rather play with computers? A few days at STEM Camp might help them decide. And, they’ll have fun along the way!
Boys and girls currently in 5th through 7th grades from an eleven-county region in southern Ohio are invited to attend STEM Camp at Canter’s Cave this summer. The region includes Adams, Brown, Gallia, Jackson, Highland, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties. The camp is being planned and implemented by OSU Extension professionals from several of these counties. Both 4-H and non-4-H youth are invited to attend.
The camp will begin after lunch on Tuesday, June 2, and end late morning on Thursday, June 4. It will be held at the Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center/Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. The camp is an ideal setting for such a program, offering an abundance of natural resources and traditional camp activities. During the three-day, two night camp, participants will participate in both special workshops focused on STEM and in some of those traditional camp activities – with a STEM twist.
What’s STEM? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. But, this camp won’t feel the least bit like school. Participants will select two STEM areas to explore in-depth. Choices include Aerospace, Robotics, Environmental (Nature) Science, Food Science, Animal Science, Forensic Science, Music Science, and Life Science. Participants will do lots of hands-on activities and learn about careers in the field. They’ll also enjoy team building “engineering” challenges, explore the night sky, and learn about the science of fire during a traditional campfire. This year’s camp will once again feature a visit from OSU’s Dr. Bob (a science guy).
The fee to participate in STEM Camp is only $65 per camper. Vinton County youth can receive a reduced fee (campers pay $25) by calling the Extension Office at 596-5212. Registrations are due by May 1 and youth will receive additional information and forms through the mail which will need to be completed and returned prior to the start of camp.
An event brochure/registration is available on the web at . For more information, contact Travis West, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, OSU Extension Vinton County via phone at 740-596-5212 or email at .
STEM Camp is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation and OSU Extension in Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties. Youth do not have to be currently enrolled in the county’s 4-H program to participate in STEM Camp.
COLUMBUS – A reduction in white-tailed deer bag limits and antlerless permit use during the 2015-2016 hunting seasons were among regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council at its scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The council also voted to remove the peregrine falcon from Ohio’s list of threatened species.
The Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting proposals prepared by ODNR Division of Wildlife. Among the approved changes:
- Reduce bag limits in most counties, and remove antlerless permits in all but 10 counties. No county had a bag limit increase.
- Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six.
- Suspend the antlerless-only muzzleloader weekend.
- Offer two additional days of deer-gun hunting, Dec. 28-29, 2015.
- Move muzzleloader season to Jan. 9-12, 2016.
- Move the start of fall turkey hunting to Oct 10, two days earlier than 2014.
- Add one straight-walled cartridge rifle, the .450 Marlin, to the existing list of legal hunting rifles during the deer-gun and youth deer-gun seasons.
The Ohio Wildlife Council also approved changes to Ohio’s list of threatened species. The peregrine falcon, previously threatened, was removed from the list. The population of peregrine falcons in Ohio, and throughout the eastern United States, has made a significant recovery through conservation efforts. The ODNR Division of Wildlife will continue to monitor peregrine populations, but on a smaller scale. This will allow biologists to focus on recovery efforts for other species which need additional attention. The Rufa red knot, previously unlisted, was added to Ohio’s list of threatened species.
Small-game hunting and furbearer trapping season dates were also passed on Wednesday. Season dates and bag limits for migratory birds, including mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen, snipe, woodcock and waterfowl will be set in August in compliance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s framework. The Ohio 2015-2016 hunting and trapping season dates can be found at bit.ly/1516Ohiohuntingseason.
Deer regulations have been trending toward reduced bag limits and restricted use of antlerless permits in recent years. The reduced bag limits and adjusted hunting seasons work to stabilize deer populations.
Deer population goals will be revised this summer through a random survey of hunters and landowners. Participants in the survey will have the opportunity to provide input about the future of deer management in Ohio.
Overview of the deer seasons for 2015-2016:
- Deer archery: Sept. 26, 2015-Feb. 7, 2016
- Youth deer gun: Nov. 21-22, 2015
- Deer gun: Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2015; Dec. 28-29, 2015
- Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 9-12, 2016
Approved county bag limits:
No more than two either-sex deer permits: Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Butler, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Coshocton, Darke, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Gallia, Geauga, Greene, Guernsey, Hancock, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Perry, Pickaway, Preble, Sandusky, Shelby, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Vinton, Warren, Washington and Wood. Antlerless permits are not valid in these counties.
No more than three either-sex deer permits: Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Licking, Logan, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Paulding, Pike, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Seneca, Trumbull, Union, Wayne, Williams and Wyandot. Antlerless permits are not valid in these counties.
No more than three either-sex permits, or two either-sex permits and one antlerless permit:Lake, Lorain, Portage and Stark.
No more than four either-sex permits, or three either-sex permits and one antlerless permit: Cuyahoga, Delaware, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas and Summit.
The statewide bag limit of six deer was approved, a reduction from the limit of nine deer last season. Only one deer may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. Antlerless permits may be used from Sept. 26 through Nov. 29, 2015.
Small game hunting seasons will continue during the second gun weekend, Dec. 28-29, 2015. Also on Wednesday, the ringed-neck pheasant and chukar hunting seasons were extended one week to Jan. 10, 2016.
The Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve the proposals after receiving public input from Ohioans at open houses and a statewide hearing in March. Open houses gave the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fishing, hunting and trapping regulations with the ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. For Ohioans who were unable to attend an open house, comments were accepted online at wildohio.gov.
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to preregister at least two days prior to the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.
COLUMBUS – The spring season has arrived, and so too has the season for Ohioans to enjoy spotting young wildlife. Each year, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) officials offer this simple advice, enjoy wildlife from a distance and leave young animals in the wild.
Many adult wild animals will leave their young offspring alone while they forage for food, or to divert the attention of potential predators away from the more vulnerable young. When young animals are discovered with no adults in sight, the adult is often nearby waiting for people to leave the area before they retrieve their young.
Most wild animals are raised by only one adult or are not tended to during the daylight hours. In the case of white-tailed deer, a doe will hide her young from predators by leaving it alone in a secluded spot, such as a grassy meadow or a flower bed. A hidden fawn has virtually no scent and when left alone is difficult for predators to find. The doe will tend to the fawn or fawns several times each night.
It is important to leave animals in the wild. If people disturb a nest, they should replace the young animals and the nest material as close to the original location as possible. It is a myth that wildlife parents will not tend to young because of human scent.
State and federal laws protect and regulate wildlife and endangered species in Ohio. Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators, working under special permits issued by the ODNR Division of Wildlife, may possess and care for native wild animals. These laws are in place for the benefit of humans as well as wild animals.
To further protect young and vulnerable wild animals, keep pets under control so they do not raid nests and injure wild animals. Keep pets inoculated against parasites and diseases.
Check for nests before cutting down trees or clearing brush. It is best to cut trees and clear brush in the autumn when nesting season is over.
Educate children to respect wildlife and their habitat, observing wildlife from a distance.
Contact your local wildlife official before taking action. Call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.com to be connected with the proper individuals.
Ladies – get your friends together and join us for a weekend of self empowerment, self protection and self reliance as we learn how to select and shoot firearms safely, for sport and self protection. On May 8th and 9th the Canter’s Cave Shooting Sports Program is holding a ladies only firearm protection class. This class is open to all females ages eighteen and up and is geared toward helping the participant feel safe and comfortable handling firearms. Certified Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors will lead participants through safe handling of firearms, self protection, securing firearms in your home and keeping them out of the hands of children and other unauthorized persons. Much of the class will include personal protection, selecting a firearm that suits your needs and learning to shoot a variety of different firearms at the Canter’s Cave gun range.
In addition to the class, Extension Professionals will be on hand to lead some traditional 4-H camp activities including a camp fire, optional night hike and some evening fun and games.
The class will be held at the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, located at 1362 Caves Road, Jackson Ohio, just off of state route 35 North of Jackson. The cost of the class is $50.00 per person and includes evening snacks and refreshments on Friday May 8
The following Viking Track athletes scored high at the first home meet March 31 with 6 teams in competition (VC, Belpre, Unioto, Chillicothe, Logan, Wellston):
Girls 4x800m Relay team – Jen Case, Mya Faris, Hannah Radabaugh, and Karen Fite – 1st place
Lynaya Collins – 1st in 300m hurdles
Wade Barney – 1st in 200m
Boys 4x100m Relay team – Jacob Jonas, Wade Barney, Brice Martin, and Kendale McComis – 2nd place
Hannah Radabaugh – 2nd in high jump
Boys 4x400m Relay team – Kendale McComis, Sam Hayes, Wade Barney, Jacob Jonas – 2nd place
Girls 4x400m Relay team – Erin Jones, Mya Faris, Jen Case, Lynaya Collins – 2nd place
Mya Faris – 2nd in 1600m
Girls 4x200m Relay team – Ryann Ramey, Josie Graves, Sara White, and
Wakiza Anderson – 3rd in 3200m
Wesley Yors – 2nd in the shot put and 3rd in discus
Julie McKibben – 3rd in discus
Kendale McComis – 3rd in 300m hurdles
Sara White – 3rd in 100m hurdles
Boys 4x800m Relay – Wakiza Anderson, Sam Hayes, Wade Barney, Jacob Jonas – 3rd place
Team scoring and full results are available at www.baumspage.com
The McArthur VFW Post 5299, located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive, will hold an all you can eat fish fry on April 10 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Drink and dessert is included with the meal.