Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Farmers not coming aboard (Dismal hunt match)

Ohio's efforts to link deer hunters with property owners in four deer-rich, southeast Ohio counties are much less than stellar.

This program combines backing by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Ohio Farm Bureau and is designed to link via the Internet farmers with hunters.

However, the ratio is only about 100 hunter applicants to every farmer who signs up. Only 75 of the latter have signed on with several thousand eager hunters having filled out a profile in the hopes they'd be selected. Very few were, though.

Luke Miller, the Wildlife Division official in charge of the new program, says the Farm Bureau will conduct a survey to see how many farmers actually made contact with any on-line hunter or simply stayed with the tried-and-true method of a knock on the door.

The goal - should further study indicate - might include expanding the project, Miller said also.

In other outdoors-related news, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has introduced legislation that will prevent the further importation and interstate sale of nine species of constrictor snakes.

This proposal comes as Florida is being overrun with constrictor snakes, some of which have escaped from the owners while other people simply abandoned the reptiles once they became too large to be cared for.

But the constrictors have found an inviting home in Florida and are beginning to cause environmental problem in the Everglades. Sankes in excess of 400 pounds have been captured.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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