By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks and Watercraft is offering a series of Paddle Ohio canoe floats this summer to promote paddling on Ohio’s state-designated wild, scenic and recreational rivers, water trails and select state park lakes. The Paddle Ohio program rewards paddlers with a commemorative pin each time they paddle four different Ohio wild, scenic and recreational rivers, water trails or select state park lakes. To participate in the program, paddlers submit information about their paddling trips on the Paddle Ohio registration form at paddle.ohiodnr.gov/getyourpin. ODNR will mail pins to qualifying paddlers at the end of the 2018 boating season. Pins are available for boaters who paddle four, eight, 12, 16 or up to a maximum of 20 different segments of designated Paddle Ohio waters.
Although folks are encouraged to paddle at their convenience, several scheduled events are planned throughout the summer, including floats on Little Beaver Creek State and National Wild and Scenic River, the Little Miami State and National Scenic River and the Maumee State Scenic River. For more information about the events, including registration and possible time changes or float cancellations, visit paddle.ohiodnr.gov/. Maps and more information on Ohio’s scenic rivers are available from the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft at watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers.
Upcoming Paddle Ohio events include the following:
Sunday, July 8 − Little Miami State and National Scenic River. Enjoy a 10-mile float down the Little Miami. Discover the plants and animals that call this river valley home. Observe a stream study and learn how monitoring macroinvertebrates helps determine stream health. Light lunch on the river provided. Suggested $12 donation for supplies. Preregistration required by contacting Melissa Clark at email@example.com.
Saturday, July 21 – Maumee State Scenic River. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home. Previous canoeing experience highly recommended. (Must be 6 years old to ride in middle,10 years old to paddle at the bow (front), and 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat. All minors must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian. Please make arrangements with the program leader for center riders or special needs.) Participants will meet at Weirs Rapids Access at 21095 Range Line Rd in Bowling Green and pre-register for the event by visiting reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org/programs/index….
Friday, August 3 − Little Miami State and National Scenic River. Experience an up-close look at some of the fish species that call the Little Miami home and then enjoy a leisurely evening float. Pre-registration is required. Participants will be meeting at Washington Mill Bridge Access in Bellbrook. Contact Melissa Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Saturday, August 18 − Maumee State Scenic River. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home. Previous canoeing experience highly recommended. (Must be 6 years old to ride in middle,10 years old to paddle at the bow (front), and 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat. All minors must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian. Please make arrangements with the program leader for center riders or special needs.) Participants will meet at Weirs Rapids Access at 21095 Range Line Rd in Bowling Green and pre-register for the event by visiting reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org/programs/index….
Sunday September 2 – Little Miami State and National Scenic River. Float the Little Miami with us on a Labor Day Canoe Trip. Learn about the Ohio Scenic Rivers program and stream health. Pre-registration required. We will be meeting at Kelley Nature Preserve in Loveland. Contact Melissa Clark at email@example.com to register.
Two new state record fish certified
Two new state record fish were caught in May. A new state record a Bigmouth Buffalo weighing 43.0 pounds was shot by bow angler Josh Bowmar of Westerville in Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County. Bowmar arrowed his 43.5-inch-long fish May 21, which replaces the previous state record Buffalo Sucker which was shot in Lake Erie by Brent McGlone on October 11, 2013 weighing 40.80 pounds and measuring 40.5 inches long.
And a new Ohio record Green Sunfish caught May 13 by a nine year-old angler has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee. The new state record Green Sunfish, weighing 1.20 pounds, was caught by SueAnn Newswanger of Shiloh from a Richland County farm pond. Miss Newswanger’s sunfish measured 11inches long and 10.5 inches in girth. Her catch replaces the previous state record Green Sunfish which was caught in a farm pond by Timothy C. Hively on May 8, 2005, weighing 0.99 pounds and measuring 10-5/8 inches long.
Ohio’s record fish are determined on the basis of weight only and are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee with assistance from fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. For more information on Ohio’s state record fish program contact Fred Snyder, Chairman, OWO State Record Fish Committee, 754 Co. Rd. 126, Fremont, OH 43420, phone (419) 332-0777; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit outdoorwritersofohio.org.
Cardinal Center hosts scholastic shooting events
The 2018 Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships will be held July 14-21 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo. SSSF has signed a three-year agreement with the Cardinal Shooting Center to hold its annual July championships through next summer.
The SSSF National Championships is the culminating annual showcase of youth development for many Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) teams around the country. Youth teams in the SCTP and SASP have the opportunity to compete in multiple shotgun, rifle and pistol based events at the week-long event held every year beginning the second Saturday in July, when some 2,500 youth and their families gather.
SCTP will offer a High Over All (HOA) for teams that will include all of the “Trap” disciplines. Teams bringing athletes and competing in all three Trap disciplines of 16 yard Trap, Handicap Trap and Trap Doubles will have the opportunity for their team to earn a place among the top teams for a separate HOA. The “Trap HOA” will be based on a team’s top 5 athletes in 16 yard trap, top 5 athletes in Handicap Trap and top 5 athletes in Trap Doubles. That total score will be used for the team’s “Trap HOA.” Awards will be announced on the afternoon of Saturday, July 21st along with the Trap awards and overall HOA awards. Team need to have five or more athletes compete in each of the three disciplines to be eligible.
For more information about SSSF, visit www.sssfonline.org. For more information about the Cardinal Shooting Center visit www.thecardinalcenter.com.