a_d
Tuesday
74°
Partly Sunny
4%
Tuesday Night
57°
Partly Cloudy
1%
Wednesday
82°
Partly Sunny
5%
Wednesday Night
63°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
23%
Thursday
72°
Chance Thunderstorms
50%
Thursday Night
49°
Mostly Cloudy
10%
Friday
71°
Chance Thunderstorms
29%
Friday Night
58°
Chance Thunderstorms
52%
Saturday
74°
Chance Thunderstorms
53%
Saturday Night
59°
Chance Thunderstorms
49%
Sunday
75°
Thunderstorms Likely
60%
Sunday Night
52°
Chance Thunderstorms
60%
3 Day
Extended
a_d
a_d
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Drawing to be held for trapping rights in Mercer Wildlife Area

By Nancy Allen
There will be a special drawing at noon Oct. 31 at the Mercer Wildlife Area office on state Route 703 to determine who can trap in the state wildlife area Nov. 10-22 and Dec. 25 through Jan. 3.
Sean Finke, coordinator of the wildlife area, said 2007 was the last time a drawing for trapping in the wildlife area was held. The state opens the area to hunting every so many years to reduce the number of predators that feed on nesting fowl and their eggs and muskrats that burrow through earthen dikes used to construct wetlands.
"Muskrats can drain wetlands and then we have to build them again," he said. "So we like to keep their numbers down."
Finke said skunks and minks prey on waterfowl eggs. Foxes, coyotes and raccoons also are egg eaters and can kill the nesting birds, he said.
A season limit of five beaver will be allocated to the chosen trapper, he added.
The wildlife area - located northwest of Montezuma, includes 350 acres of land and about 300 to 400 acres of water. It hugs U.S. 127 from It's It Road to Coldwater Creek.
On Oct. 31, drawing participants must show a valid 2009 fur taker permit and should arrive by 11:45 a.m. to allow time to register, said Bruce Terrill, wildlife area manager. Participation is limited to adults age 18 and older.
A letter permit will be mailed to the drawing winner and additional instructions will be given by Mercer County Wildlife Area Coordinator Sean Finke. The designated trapper must meet with Finke for instructions before the start of trapping. The chosen trapper can designate an assistant to help him or her.
The permit is nontransferable and the trapper must present reports of weekly catches to the wildlife area office by 5 p.m. each day.
For more trapping information and opportunities, go to www.wildohio.com.

If you go:
What: Drawing for permission to trap in the state-owned Mercer Wildlife Area northwest of Montezuma
When: Noon Oct. 31; arrive by 11:45 a.m. to register
Where: Mercer Wildlife Area office on state Route 703, 1/3 mile east of U.S. 127
Details: Must have 2009 fur taker permit and be 18 years old
More info: Call wildlife management district office at 937-372-9261 or Mercer Wildlife Area Coordinator Sean Finke at 419-236-8838.
a_d
Additional online stories on this date
Local farmers may be harvesting corn into late November due to a wet fall that's kept them out of the fields.
Add that to this year's drought and lackluster yields, and a lot of producers are wringing their hands, local ag officials say. [More]
NEW BREMEN - There were no surprises on the opening night of the Division IV volleyball sectional at New Bremen High School as the two teams with the better records - the New Knoxville Rangers and the Minster Wildcats - posted straight-set wins. [More]
Subscriber only stories on this date
Work will begin on senior apartments
Four seek 2 Marion Twp. trustee posts
Jobless rate drops percent
Purchase of property approved for more library parking space
District posts gloomy 5-year financial forecast
Zuma restaurant adds beer garden
Barber returns to his roots
Celina, St. Marys sweep opponents
Bulldogs earn rematch with Shawnee
Fort Recovery opens tournament with win
Coldwater girls soccer shut out by Fort Jennings