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Fishing Hiking Camping Hunting Boating & Watersports RVs & Roadtrips You can do it all in SE Ohio! Salt Fork: Ohio’s Largest State Park

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30 Ohio Hunting & Fishing Limits

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How to Choose the Right Backpack Upon hearing the word “backpack,� people naturally think of back-to-school season, when throngs of children board buses and head to classrooms across the country. However, the backpack need not be pigeonholed into such a narrow stereotype; there are many different uses for backpacks. Outdoor enthusiasts, particularly hikers and daytrippers, rely extensively on backpacks. Backpacks facilitate the transporting of supplies and other necessities, but not every backpack is the same, and some are more applicable to certain tasks than others. Choosing a backpack requires careful consideration, and the following tips can help consumers make the best choice. Identify its potential usage. What will the backpack need to do? Will you be hiking the mountains and looking for a lightweight pack to carry small supplies, or are you planning to camp out and need something capable

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of carrying larger items? Discuss your needs with a store employee when shopping for packs. Choose the right volume. Backpacks are sold by volume, or how much stuff they can carry. This is measured in liters or square inches. The liter size may be included right in the product name. According to Eastern Mountain Sports, between 15 and 30 liters is good for day hikes or school usage. An overnight or weekend trip likely will have to be between 30 and 55 liters in volume Determine torso size. Whichever backpack you choose, it needs to fit you comfortably. That means measuring your torso length to find one that will sit on the right area of your back. The torso length on the pack will equate to the distance between the shoulder straps and where the pack hits your hips. For packs with hip straps, the right length will ensure the hip straps can fit comfortably in this area. Some packs are sold with an adjustable torso size. Some manufacturers also size packs specifically for women’s frames. Decide if framing is necessary. After you have decided on size, you need to assess other features, including internal and external frames. External frames are original style, classic packs. Internal frame packs tend to be lighter and have a lower profile. If you need to maneuver through some tight areas, an internal frame pack might be best. Frames in packs help you carry more, and you can even strap things to the outside of the pack, says Backcountry, a gear and outdoors resource. Consider additional features. Packs come with various features, including load-lifter straps and sternum straps, that can help balance the load and put less strain on your back. Also, choose shoulder straps that curve anatomically to fit the body closer. A ventilated back panel can help reduce sweating and protect your back from pointy gear. In addition to these tips, consider if you want your pack to be waterproof and to have internal and external storage pockets or other pouches for carrying smaller items. For more help, speak with an outdoor gear retailer.

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The forested hills and misty valleys surrounding what is now Salt Fork were among the first areas settled in Ohio. Pioneering families followed Zane’s Trace through the wilderness from Zanesville to the Ohio River on what became the National Road (and now U.S. Route 40) in 1811. The area’s rich history even includes skirmishes involving Morgan’s Raiders during the Civil War. First conceived as a drinking water source for the nearby city of Cambridge, planning for the nearly 3,000 acre lake began in 1956. The opportunity to create a recreational utopia was soon recognized and, by the time the earthen dam was completed in 1967, land acquisition was well under way for what would become a 17,229 acre state park, Ohio’s largest. The massive stone-and-beam Lodge modeled after the grand structures of the Western National Parks opened to the public in 1972. 148 Lodge rooms are spread over three stories in two wings, all featuring balconies or patios. In addition to standard rooms, lodging options include deluxe hospitality suites, rooms with bunk beds sleeping up to six, and ADA-accessible rooms. Fully-furnished two-bedroom cabins are another popular option, some of which include Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. All of the cabins feature full kitchens, living rooms, satellite TV, and wireless internet, and petfriendly units are available. The Lodge also boasts a full-service dining room and lounge, which are open year round. On-site recreational opportunities are plentiful, and include indoor and outdoor pools, volleyball, basketball, lighted tennis courts, 18 hole championship golf course, shuffleboard, game room, hot tub, and fitness center. Gathering around a blazing bonfire and making s’mores is a popular pastime, as is fishing the unlimitedCharming cabins line the shoreline providing visitors with chances horsepower lake in a variety of available rental to enjoy the water and the woods. watercraft, or along the 72 miles of shoreline. Fourteen miles of hiking trails, an inland beach, miniature golf, equestrian and snowmobiling paths, picnic areas, gem mining, naturalist presentations, and organized children’s activities mean that an escape to Salt Fork is as actionpacked (or laid back) as a traveler desires. Also not-to-be-missed is the historic Kennedy House, a stone-and-slate gem built in 1840 that housed the members of the namesake family for more than a century and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The

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restored home is open for tours throughout the year. Families still gather at Salt Fork today – the Lodge is a highly sought after host for annual reunions. And with over 7,000 square feet of meeting space accommodating up to 250 guests, Salt Fork is the perfect venue for weddings, retreats, corporate meetings and group functions. Discover the best of Salt Fork this summer with a special offer: stay overnight Sunday through Thursday, and take 20% off the cost of your Lodge room. Simply call 740-439-2751 or visit www.saltforkstateparklodge. com and use promo code WELCOME20 to take advantage of this discount, which is available through September 1, 2016. Day visitors are always welcome, too - use the coupon on this page to save 20% on your next dinner at Salt Fork’s full-service restaurant, Timber’s, any Sunday through Thursday night between now and September 1, 2016. Experience the legendary hospitality in your own backyard of Salt Fork State Park Lodge!

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A Glance Back

The Kennedy Stone House Benjamin Kennedy at the age of 23 in 1837 purchased an 80 acre tract of land on Sugar Creek and commissioned the building of a stone house. The stone blocks, quarried on the property, were finely crafted and tightly fitted. The house and root cellar nearby cost $600, a bargain, even in those days!! Benjamin married Margaret Orr in 1842 and the Stone House was home to several generations of ScotsIrish Kennedy descendants until 1966 when the home and surrounding area were bought by the State of Ohio to facilitate the Salt Fork State Park. Signifying

its importance, the House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. In 1998 the Guernsey County Bicentennial Commission designated the Kennedy Stone House as their legacy program. Â The house has been restored; the summer kitchen built; herb garden planted; well dug; well house and privy built. A pavilion has been built west of the root cellar; landscaping; a Veterans Courtyard; a Remembrance Walk of engraved bricks of veterans and friends. A road has been cut into the property.

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Wakeboarding: A Growing Sport

Water enthusiasts take to rivers, lakes and oceans for scores of different marine activities. The popularity of water sports has exploded, including a growing interest in wakeboarding. Wakeboarding is an activity where a person is pulled behind a motorboat at about 20 to 24 miles per hour. Instead of water skiing, the boarder uses a single board that resembles a snowboard, though wakeboards are shorter than snowboards and slightly wider. The feet are bound to the board with either straps or a boot-like device so that the board will not fly off of the feet while doing tricks. Statistics indicate that there are more than 3.1 million wakeboarders across the globe. Roughly 75 percent of wakeboarders are males ages 13 to 24. Wakeboarding has become the fastest-growing water sport.

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There does not seem to be a limit to what you can do on a wakeboard, but as with most things, getting up on two feet is a good start.

With minimal gear and admission to a cable wakeboard park, enthusiasts can try out their skills on the water.

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An offshoot of traditional boat-propelled wakeboarding is cable wakeboarding. This is where the wakeboarder is attached to a permanent, overhead ski lift-type cable that stretches across a body of water and connects to fixed towers. The cable pulls the wakeboarder to ramps where he or she can execute tricks. Wakeboarding, particularly cable wakeboarding, has become so popular that it may someday qualify for inclusion in the Olympics. While currently part of the X-Games & Gravity Games, the International Olympic Committee announced cable wakeboarding as one of eight new sports being considered for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The rise in cable parks is also notable. There are two wakeboard cable parks in Canada and roughly 30 in the United States. Individuals can purchase passes to enjoy the park at a fraction of the cost of renting a boat and refueling. Wakeboarding is an adventurous water activity that seems to be here to stay. Now may be the time to try your hand at wakeboarding and see if this water sport can become one of your new favorite summer activities.

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Natural Ways to Reduce Lyme Disease Risk Parks, nature preserves or even some time spent in the backyard can help men, women and children reconnect with nature. While there is plenty to enjoy about the great outdoors, certain hazards are present. Ticks can be both a nuisance and a danger, potentially contributing to illnesses like Lyme disease. Recognizing the dangers of ticks and how to avoid tick bites can help people reduce their risk for contracting Lyme disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that, after hatching from eggs, ticks must eat blood at every stage to survive. It can take up to three years for a tick to complete its full life cycle, meaning it needs quite a few hosts to feed on. Ticks are part of the arachnid family, but unlike spiders, ticks attach to the skin of an animal and suck its blood. Ticks can be found just about anywhere, but they tend

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to gravitate toward wooded areas or tall grasses, which offer them protection and good vantage points to find an animal host. Dog owners have no doubt encountered ticks in their lifetimes, as ticks are routine problems for dogs that are not properly protected. But ticks also prey on humans. Ticks are and their bites are relatively painless, which can make it difficult for people to detect when they have been bitten. Many tick bites are harmless and do not require treatment. However, if bitten by a tick that is carrying Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, people may need to take an antibiotic to prevent any lasting health effects. As a result, people should always visit a doctor when bitten by a tick.


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Pesticide repellants are some of the more effective and well-known methods to prevent tick bites and subsequent side effects. Many repellants can be used without negative side effects, but those who prefer to go a more natural route can take the following precautionary measures. Watch habitats. Steer clear of grassy, wooded and brushy areas. Ticks also prefer humid conditions. Stick to trails. Stay on trails when hiking or walking to avoid brushing up against areas where ticks may be hiding out. Wear proper clothing. Light-colored clothing makes it easier to spot ticks that may have made their way onto a person. Tuck pants into socks, as ticks tend to climb onto hosts from the ground up. Bare ankles provide easy access. Protect hair and heads. Wear a hat and/or keep long hair contained so that it isn’t an attractive hiding spot for ticks. Shower immediately. After coming in from areas known for ticks, shower and launder clothing immediately. While showering, do a spot inspection looking for ticks

on your body. Remember to look in hidden areas like under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, on the back of the knees, in and around the hair, between the legs, and around the waist. Clean up the yard. Make your yard less habitable to ticks by mowing the grass regularly and removing leaf litter and trim shrubs. Also, use wood chips or gravel to serve as a barrier between lawns and wooded areas of the property. Use natural oils. Ticks may not like the smell of garlic, lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary, among others. Dotting your body with these infused oils may make you less attractive to ticks.

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Top Left: Summer youth workers are applying a fresh coat of stain to the Willard Tipple Memorial Bridge. Top Right: A lush green canopy offers shade along the Great Guernsey Trail (GGT). Bottom right: Father and daughter enjoying a day on the trail.

proceeds from the race go towards the maintenance and development of the Great Guernsey Trail. Once the summer events have passed the CDC enters into a period of maintenance and development as the focus shifts to preserving habitat on the nearly 2,700 acres that the CDC owns. This land is a combination of wetlands, woodlands, grasslands and more. The CDC employs a fulltime Wildlife Manager whose job it is to repair and create habitat and manage the large amount of property while

Just off of State Route 40 is Corduroy Rd and adjacent to that road is the starting point of the Great Guernsey Trail. The trail is a 7 mile (14 mile if you brave the round trip) trail that is a combination paved (first 6 miles) and compacted rail bed (last mile) and is the culmination of a dream of the Guernsey County Community Development Corporation (CDC). While most people know that the CDC owns and maintains the trail many do not know what other projects and activities the CDC undertakes. At the core of our mission is the promotion and advancement of recreational activities right here in Guernsey County. To help achieve that goal the CDC promotes and runs the Outdoor Eco Expo and Sportsman’s Bash, which takes place the last Saturday in June. The purpose of this event is to bring together vendors in the fields of sustainable living and recreational activities such as hunting and fishing, thereby promoting personal stewardship of the land. The event also includes one of the largest giveaways in the area with winners taking home guns, vacations, cash, hunts and more. All proceeds from the event go towards the CDC’s mission of improving our community’s quality of life. From that event we head into the summer months and the next event we hold, which is our Guernsey County Fish Camp. The camp is held the third Saturday in July at Jackson Park in Byesville. This event is free and open to all area youth, ages 4 to 15 and provides participants and opportunity to learn about fish species, proper knot tying and casting techniques as well as ideal fish habitat. Each child receives a free fishing pole, tackle and bait. Food and refreshment is provided free of charge. This event is made possible thanks to funding from Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Guernsey County CDC and proceeds from the Eco Expo. As the calendar flips from July to August the CDC prepares for the yearly, Great Guernsey Trail 5K and 10K race located in Lore City and held the third Saturday of every August. This event is open to the public and is made possible with the support of the Great Guernsey Trail committee, Lore City, the CDC and proceeds from the Eco Expo. The The Great Guernsey Trail is dotted with beautiful and peaceful spots all along the way. SOUTHEASTERN OHIO RECREATION GUIDE 2016

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working with the public to create awareness of environmental issues. A number of projects are spread out through the year and are designed to create recreational activities while promoting involvement in the outdoors. One of the most recent projects the CDC completed is the Great Guernsey Trail Bird Sanctuary which is located on land adjacent to the trail just east of the Reservoir Rd/Great Guernsey Trail crossing. The purpose of the sanctuary is to attract various species of birds, so that birdwatchers standing behind a blind can enjoy the experience of spotting a large variety of bird species. Funding for this project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of Cambridge Ohio and funding from the CDC and proceeds from the Expo. Another project that is on the books for this summer, is the construction of an archery range that will be located on CDC property near the old state hospital complex. The archery park and range will be open to the public and will consist of targets placed from 10 yards all the way through 50 yards. The first three lanes will also have a shooting tower in order to simulate shooting from a tree stand or elevated position. The purpose of the range is to increase youth interest in archery while promoting a love for outdoor recreational sports. This project was made possible thanks to funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the CDC and proceeds from the Expo. Lastly, one of the most popular programs we have is the Community Park Improvement Program which works with small communities to obtain funding for the improvement of local play grounds. The CDC has worked with the Village of Senecaville to obtain a NatureWorks grant for the construction of two new play pods and handicap accessible benches. The NatureWorks grant is managed by ODNR and is a reimbursable grant that municipalities can apply for. The problem


Top Left: The GGT welcomes its visitors. Bottom left: An in process stage of the now, newly completed bird sanctuary. Top right: Wetlands and meadows line the trail. Middle right: Spring comes in full bloom at the GGT. Bottom right: Dakota White teaches kids how to tie a knot at the GCCDC’s 2015 Fish Camp.

is that most small communities to not have the funds to spend, even if they will be reimbursed. This creates a problem in that communities can apply for the grant but lack the funds, whereas the CDC has the funds but cannot apply. This situation was solved by creating the Community Park Improvement Program, which consists of grant writing support and a revolving funding source. The CDC will help write the grant and then provide the funds to the local community in order to buy the play pods and equipment. Once the project is completed and ODNR has reimbursed the community the spent funds, the money is then returned to the CDC where it can again be used by another community. By creating this revolving grant fund we are able to help many small communities build beautiful parks for their local residents. In 2015 the CDC also purchased a play pod for the village of Lore City. Funding for the equipment came via a grant from Game Time Designs, the CDC and proceeds from the Eco Expo. Additionally, work crews from the CDC installed the play pod in Leatherwood Park, near the Great Guernsey Trail and this was all done with zero cost to the Village of Lore City. As you can see the CDC is more than just a typical non-profit. The organization takes a multi-faceted approach to improving the quality of life for area residents while building a sense of community and social awareness. By working together with municipalities and other organizations, the CDC can make Guernsey County a great place to live and work.

Photos from the Guernsey County Community Development Corporation official facebook page. Additional photos from sharinghorizons.com

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You might not expect to see rhinos, giraffes and zebras in the rural area of Cumberland, Ohio, but you can expect the unexpected at the Wilds—a safari park and conservation center that combines cutting-edge conservation science with hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind adventures that include transport safaris, ziplining, horseback riding, fishing and more. The Wilds, established in 1984, resides on nearly 10,000 acres of land donated by American Electric Power and serves as home to nearly 600 animals representing 29 species — 14 of which are federally listed endangered species. The animals that call the Wilds home live in free-roaming pastures in their natural family groups, behaving much as they do in their native ranges, making for once-in-a-lifetime visitor experiences. The Wilds’ signature experience is the Wildside Tour, where guests can enjoy a closer view of stunning animals and might even get a chance to feed a giraffe. Similar tours include the Open-Air Safari Tour, in which guests can feel the breeze while capturing breathtaking photos, and the Safari Transport, which provides an adventure from the comfort of air-conditioned vehicle. These tours are available daily from April through October; reservations are recommended. Another fascinating way to tour the Wilds isn’t from a seat, but a saddle – on the Horseback Safari Tours. These engaging and thoroughly informative tours are for guests who love wildlife and are looking for a new adventure. Riders journey along the beautiful landscapes of the Wilds overlooking rolling hills, lush grasslands, a thriving butterfly habitat and animal species roaming in large natural settings. Horseback Safari Tours are about an hour long and are perfect for novice and experienced riders. Horseback Safari Tours are available daily June

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through September and weekends in October. Those looking for an adrenaline rush can soar over herds of animals grazing on the plains in a one-of- a-kind zipline adventure. This professionally-guided eco-tour combines the thrill of ziplining with the adventure of an

The Wilds’ signature experience is the Wildside Tour, where guests can enjoy a closer view of stunning animals and might even get a chance to feed a giraffe.

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animal safari. Making these amazing views even more spectacular, the Wilds offers many of these tours during the sunset hours. On the Sunset Horseback Safari Tour, “riding off into the sunset” isn’t an adage. Slip into the saddle and ride through the Wilds’ pastoral settings at their most picturesque—illuminated by the day’s last rays of sunlight. The Sunset Horseback Safari Tour includes a hearty buffet dinner before the ride; the tour lasts approximately two hours. These tours are only available Fridays and Saturdays from June through September and require advanced reservations. The minimum age for both horseback tours is nine years old, and riders under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The evening Sunset Safari and Wildside tours offer opportunities to soak in the majestic horizon at dusk. Both are excellent ways to learn more about the rare and endangered animals living at the Wilds, especially because they are more likely to be active during the evenings. The Sunset Safari Tour, which lasts approximately tour hours, includes a stop at the Carnivore Center and other destinations for up-close experiences. A buffet-style dinner on the deck of the

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trees next to the Wilds’ animal pasture areas. Take in the beautiful, sweeping views of the Wilds from the observation deck and use your binoculars to look for animals large and small from rhinos to red-tailed hawks! Relax around the fire ring in the evening, miles and miles from traffic and urban lights, and look up and marvel at the star-filled sky. Savor dinner and breakfast in settings with magnificent views. For larger parties, the Lodge – a private luxury cabin – is available. Reservations for these accommodations Overlook Café is included with this experience. include a complimentary pass to Open-Air Safari or the The Sunset Wildside Tours also begin with an Safari Transport tour. exclusive dining experience, complete with live music to accompany the beautiful scenery. This tour includes The Wilds is one of the a behind-the-scenes look into the Wilds’ facilities and a world’s most impressive chance to learn more about the special animals living wildlife parks, and serves as a world leader in there. conservation and animal husbandry—and it’s incredibly With all there is to see, do, and experience at the Wilds, fun! Visit thewilds.org for tour information and to make why not turn a great day into a great weekend? Enjoy reservations. an exclusive, overnight stay for adults 21 years and older at Nomad Ridge at the Wilds! Delight in the cozy comfort of a well-appointed private yurt with unique accent features like bamboo flooring and Asian-inspired décor. Sit back on your own personal deck tucked amid

Making these amazing views even more spectacular, the Wilds offers many of these tours during the sunset hours.

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RVs: Choose the Right One for You

Vacations are a great way to recharge and get some time away from the daily grind. While many working men and women take one or two vacations per year, recreational vehicle owners can travel more often without breaking the bank. Recreational vehicles, or RVs, are often referred to as campers or motor homes. Equipped with many amenities, ranging from kitchens to multiple sleeping areas to entertainment spaces, RVs offer many of the comforts of home. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association says RV ownership is currently at an all-time high. According to Dr. Richard Curtin, RV industry analyst and director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, 8.9 million households now own an RV. That’s up from 7.9 million in 2005. Drivers considering buying an RV may have many questions about these increasingly popular vehicles. RVs come in two main types: motorized and towable. Understanding the differences between the two and the various subcategories of RV can help drivers make the most informed decisions when purchasing their RVs. MOTORIZED Motorized RVs are broken down by class, including class A, B and C. The distinction between the classes of RV is based on size. • Class A: This class of motor home is very large and offers all of the comforts you’d expect from home. Many people who purchase a class A RV plan to travel all year long. Slide-outs can expand the living area when parked, and full bathrooms, complete kitchens and more are the norm. Because of their size, class A RVs tend to be the most expensive and may be more vehicle than many people can afford. Their large size (many look like a bus on the road) can make them difficult to navigate for novices.

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• Class B: Class B RVs are often referred to as “van conversions.” Class B are the smallest, fully enclosed campers available in the motorized category. Living space is limited in these RVs, but economy and versatility make them quite popular. Usually these campers can sleep between two and four people. • Class C: Class C RVs are a compromise between types A and B. Class C are mid-sized with a driver’s compartment similar to a van and a larger box in the back for the living area. Some come with a sleeping bunk above the cab. Depending on the floor plan, class C campers can sleep up to 10 people.

• Pop-up: Folding camping trailers, or pop-up trailers, are inexpensive and lightweight. They provide many of the conveniences found in a basic travel trailer but in a smaller size. • Fifth-wheel: If you own a pickup truck, a fifth-wheel trailer may be good for you. These hitch to the top of the pickup bed and have similar features to a traditional travel trailer. RVs make great investments for men and women who love the open road. They also are a great way to take the entire family on an affordable and memorable vacation.

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TOWABLE Towable RVs are another option and can be more affordable because they can be pulled behind your existing vehicle. • Travel trailers: Travel trailers look similar to traditional motorized RVs but without the driving cab. They can be hitched to the back of a vehicle. Travel trailers are popular because of their versatility. Travel trailers can be ideal for those with limited budgets but the desire to have a self-contained unit.

Class B are the smallest, fully enclosed campers available in the motorized category. Living space is limited in these RVs, but economy and versatility make them quite popular.

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Deerassic Center By Charles Worth Drubel

Walking through the trails of the park, catching glimpses of fawns sharing moments with their mothers, prancing through the tall grasses of natural habitats; this has to be one of the most joyous and exceptional experiences you can have. It leaves you in awe and reverence of nature and all that it has to offer. Since 1996, the National Whitetail Deer Education Foundation has supported this simple philosophy, expose youth and families to the outdoors, and foster a lifelong love and appreciation for all of nature. Deerassic Park Education Center, located in Cambridge, Ohio has been the vision of the organization. This park, spread across 130 acres, hosts a myriad of programs, course and activities that help youth and their families to grow this experience. Their times spent here are what Deerassic Park hopes is just the beginning of what will become a lifelong passion. Starting in January of each year, the staff at the park begins programs to break the monotony of the winter, and to get people excited about being outside. This includes public programs, such as the Outside is In! where children are invited out for programs that could include wildlife track identification and creating

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winter food sources for wildlife. They learn important scientific concepts such as food scarcity, hibernation and migration. They have fun playing games and learning at the same time. The adults aren’t left out either, Wild Wednesday, a series of educational lectures which focus on a variety of topics from waterfowl migration and harvesting, to coyote trapping and wild edibles, begins in January as well. In February, many schools and after school programs invite Deerassic Park to come to their location to do in school lectures and activities focusing on the ecology of Southeastern Ohio, as well as the history and impact of the Whitetail Deer on the region. These lectures delve into cultural impacts, conservation efforts and successes as well. March brings somewhat better weather for the park. This is when we start to move back outside in our education, focusing on fishing and getting ready for spring. We rely on the curriculum developed by ODNR Division of Wildlife titled Passport to Fishing, to get


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youth introduced to fishing, and weather permitting, they have a chance to fish in our 3 acre stocked pond here at the park. April is beginning of a wonderful time at the park. Overnight, spring pops up and the grounds turn that wonderful spring color of green. This is also when the cabin fever of winter breaks for the staff here at the park, and they get back to the outdoor education that inspires them to work at Deerassic Park. April brings the first of the school field trips to the park. A school field trip at the park consists of 5-6 stations that the kids can participate in, and about 120-150 youth coming out to the park at a time. The curriculum that the youth learn while they are at the park coincides with lessons the teachers are providing in the classroom, and every field trip is customized to meet those educators need. In a truly unique situation, Deerassic Park Education Center is able to provide a transportation grant to the most schools to help defer the cost of bringing the students to the park. Annually, the park spends about $10,000 a year helping schools in this way. April is also when the park hosts the youth Turkey Hunt. May sees the park really begin to flourish for the season, the only days that the park is closed in on Memorial Day weekend. Every other day of May is utilized for youth education. Field trips are in full swing and running five days a week. The second weekend of May is the Deerassic Park Spring Fest, and annual event including $10,000 worth of prizes for the kids who come and participate in Deerassic Park activities that day. Open park nights begin in May as well, allowing and opportunity for youth and families to come and explore

the park through self-guided tours and activities. June is a big month as well. A myriad of classes and events keep us busy, with classes in canoeing, kayaking, general boater’s education courses, Passport to Fishing and many others. One of the most unique classes taught is the Pond 2 Table fishing class, where youth are given and opportunity to catch, clean, cook and consume fish from our pond. June is also an awesome month because we have the opportunity to host two local charities in the quest for fundraising and programs. Hospice of Guernsey County holds their annual Touch a Truck fundraiser at the park in early June, and their Hospice Bereavement Camp for children who have lost a loved one in the past year. Secondly, we host the Guernsey County Relay for Life’s annual fundraiser. July has a number of summer camps and programs for you, and Deerassic also spends a good amount of time working to get our traveling exhibits such as S.A.F.E. Archery, BB Gun Marksmanship Experience, Archery Trailer and Shooting Simulator out to public events and festivals. The first Friday & Saturday in August is always a special time for Deerassic Park Education Center. This

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September includes gearing up for archery season through programs and events. It also includes finishing out the fishing and boating programs as well as hosting numerous field trips and open park nights. October at Deerassic Park turns a little scary as we transform the event side into a haunted trail, asylum and especially creepy clown house. This annual event titled Deerassic’s Petrified Forrest, invites guests to come out and get scared at the park on 3 weekends in October. We also host a community trick or treat for the kids, hosting over 30 local businesses for a day time trick or treat. This event usually has an attendance of over 500 kids. Deerassic also hosts a Handicapped Hunt at the park

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in the fall, helping physically challenged individuals to have the hunt of a lifetime at local farms and private lands around Deerassic. November still has field trips to the park. We host our youth hunt in November as well, helping youth who may not otherwise have a chance to hunt. However Deerassic comes to downtown Cambridge for the Candy Land after the Christmas parade. December is a wind down to the year. We finish out with lots of small trips and programs to the park for preschoolers. We host an annual Cookies with Santa Fundraiser for the local Guernsey County Secret Santa program, which in 2015 raised $900, which Deerassic was able to match. Deerassic Park is busy throughout the year. In 2015 we educated over 12,000 youth and families at the park through our programs. We had over 130 days of programs and events that were free to the public. What we’re most excited about is our growth. We’ve increased our outreach to youth by 5,000 kids since 2013, and we’re hoping to reach 20,000 kids a year by 2020. All of this couldn’t be accomplished without the support of our Classic Attendees, our dedicated board of directors and a staff that has a passion for outdoor education.


good eatin’

The Bear’s Den Steak House 13320 East Pike Road • Cambridge • 740-432-5285

The Bear’s Den Steak House, family owned and operated by the Raber family and Red Hill Farm since 2009, strives to bring you the highest quality meats and seafood. All of our beef comes from our family farm and is all natural (no hormones or antibiotics). Our cattle are grain fed with corn grown right here on our farm. We dry age our steaks for at least two weeks and they are never frozen to ensure you get the best flavor and quality and they are hand cut daily. We feature sirloin, rib eye, filet, New York strips, and for the dining adventurous, 32 ounce porterhouse and T-bones. In our continued effort to promote the local economy, our produce is local as well. Our salad greens come from Boltz farm in Stone Creek, and our produce is from local Amish farms. This allows us to include many seasonal items on our menu and our specials change weekly with the availability of new veggies and fruits. Chef Steve Wagner insists that our kitchen is a “scratch” kitchen. Your meal is made to order with no short cuts.

Our salad dressings, BBQ sauce, whiskey glaze and all of our special sauces are all made fresh in house. Come in on Wednesday night for our slow smoked BBQ brisket. Guaranteed to melt in your mouth. On Thursday, we feature our prime rib. Always a favorite!! We feature fresh seafood on Friday and Saturday. Make sure you save room for dessert. Our pastry chef is crafting new and tasty treats every day. We have expanded our lunch menu to include some tasty new options. Come check it out! Located just minutes east of Cambridge on St. Route 40, The Bear’s Den is just a short drive for a great dining experience. Our friendly and professional waitstaff looks forward to meeting you. Check us out on Facebook or on our website, thebearsdensteakhouse.com. Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Closed Sunday and Monday) Give us a call for reservations at 740-432-5285.

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FISHING Statewide Regulations These regulations apply to all public waters in Ohio where site-specific regulations are not implemented. Please check for site specific regulations at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov

Species

Daily Limit

Minimum Size

Muskellunge

1

None

Yellow Perch

30

None

Trout (all species)

5 (singly or in combination)

None

Largemouth, Smallmouth, & Spotted Bass

5 (singly or in combination)

12 inches

Walleye, Sauger, & Saugeye

6 (singly or in combination)

None

Channel Catfish (under 28 inches)

6 (public lakes under 700 acres) No limit (all other public waters)

None

Channel Catfish (28 inches or larger)

1 (statewide)

28 inches

Blue & Flathead Catfish (under 35 inches)

No Limit

None

Blue & Flathead Catfish (35 inches or larger)

1 of each (statewide)

35 inches

Lake Sturgeon*

Possession is Prohibited

None

* The lake sturgeon is an endangered species in Ohio and must be returned unharmed to the water immediately if caught. All other fish

No Limit

None

Frog & Turtle Season Frog season is open from 6 p.m. the second Friday in June (June 10) to April 30, 2017. Only bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken. Not more than 15 (singly or in combination) may be taken or possessed in any one day. Turtle season is open July 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Only snapping and softshell turtles may be legally taken. Snapping turtles and softshell turtles must have a straight-line carapace length of 13 inches or greater to be taken, and there is no daily limit on the number that may be taken. A turtle trap with mesh less than 4 inches square must have an opening at least 6 inches in diameter leading from it. Wings and leads are unlawful. The trap must be marked with the name and address of the owner or user. All traps must be checked once every 24 hours.

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HUNTING Seasons & Bag Limits The current 2016-2017 seasons are still open and the limits on animals taken are as follows:

Species

Opening Date

Closing Date

Bag Limit

Squirrel (red,gray,black, fox)

September 1, 2016

January 31, 2017

6

Dove (Mourning & Eurasian Collared)

September 1, 2016

November 6, 2016

15

Ruffled Grouse

October 8, 2016

January 31, 2017

2

Cottontail Rabbit

November 4, 2016

February 28, 2016

4

Ring-necked Pheasant

November 4, 2016

January 8, 2017

2 (Males Only)

Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel

November 10, 2016

January 31, 2017

No Limit

Crow (Fri. Sat. Sun. Only)

June 3, 2016

March 4, 2017

No Limit

Coyote

No Closed Season

No Limit

Feral Swine (Wild Boar)

No Closed Season

No Limit

Groundhog

Closed for deer gun season only

No Limit

Waterfowl

Special restrictions- check regulations

Wild Turkey (Fall) Wild Turkey (Spring)

October 8, 2017

November 27, 2017

1

April 24, 2017

May 21, 2017

2 Bearded Turkey- only 1 per day (2nd permit needed for 2nd turkey)

White-Tailed Deer (Gun)

November 28, 2016

December 4, 2016

**See Below**

White-Tailed Deer (archery)

September 24, 2016

February 5, 2017

**See Below**

White-tailed Deer (muzzle-loader)

January 7, 2017

January 10, 2017

**See Below**

No more than two deer may be taken from a two deer county during the 2016-2017 deer hunting season. Both deer need to be tagged with an either-sex permit. The antlerless permit is not valid in a two deer county. Please check for site specific regulations at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov

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Protecting Our Public Parks Thousands of people visit public parks across Southeastern Ohio every year. Nature preserves and natural parks are home to picturesque landscapes, monuments, natural wonders, and abundant wildlife. Visiting parks is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature and learn something along the way, but such visits also come with a great degree of responsibility. The National Parks Service and The British Columbia Ministry of Environment provide these guidelines to remain good environmental stewards when visiting popular parks and preserves. Know the laws. National parks may be protected by federal law that may prohibit or restrict hunting and trapping animals to specific times of year. Wildlife living in parks may become less fearsome of people over time, especially when they grow accustomed to being fed or handled. Many parks prohibit feeding and close interacting with wildlife. Otherwise the animals may lose their hunting or foraging ability, or pose threats to people when the animals rapidly approach for an easy handout. Learn park rules so you’ll know what is acceptable behavior within its borders. Keep wild animals wild. Feeding animals is perhaps one of the more dangerous things park visitors can do. In recent years, the National Park Service has had to euthanize deer, coyotes, rock squirrels, and other animals that have become too aggressive toward humans because they grew accustomed to receiving food from people. Keep your distance from wildlife. Use proper equipment to view or photograph animals from several feet away. Stay even further away from animals that are breeding, nesting or raising young, as parents can become particularly protective of their children and turn aggressive.

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Keep a clean camp. Camping and parks often go handin-hand. Keep a clean camp so you are not attracting bears and other food scavengers. Use trash receptacles and store garbage and food out of reach. Cook and clean away from your tent and immediately clean any cooking supplies after you have finished your meal. Only wood and paper should be burned, and try not to prepare food or fishing bait in close proximity to your campsite. Prepare for weather.Weather can change on a dime when you’re in the wilderness. Pack accordingly, dressing in layers so you can change clothes as the weather demands. Have a flashlight and other emergency supplies available in case you get stuck in a storm. Higher elevations and exposure to the sunlight can cause severe sunburn. Always apply and reapply sunscreen. High elevations also can increase the chance of dehydration, mountain sickness (headaches, nausea and dizziness) and the aggravation of preexisting medical conditions. Avoid damaging vegetation. Animals are not the only natural wonders to protect. Use caution when hiking so you do not trample vegetation. Keep pets on leashes so they do not disturb sensitive habitats. Do not pick flowers or berries and take them away from the park. Respecting local wildlife and taking steps to keep parks clean can make your hiking and camping experiences that much more enjoyable.

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