In the Open: Area Outdoor datebook

stars-storyIn the Open

By Jim Freeman

Area outdoor datebook

The 15th annual Leading Creek Stream Sweep will be held Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to noon at the Meigs SWCD Conservation Area on New Lima Road, approximately halfway between Rutland and Harrisonville.

This event is held to clean up litter in selected locations within the Leading Creek watershed. The first Leading Creek Stream Sweep was held in 2001 in Rutland. Volunteers will receive all needed clean-up materials, and lunch will be provided afterwards.

For more information or to register, contact me at the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District at 740-992-4282.

Ohio’s spring wild turkey season begins April 20 and continues through May 17. For more information consult the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s turkey hunting regulations. Ohio’s youth spring wild turkey season will be held April 18-19. West Virginia’s spring wild turkey season goes from April 27 to May 23 with the youth season being held April 25.

The third annual Meigs County ACTT (Active Conservationists Teaming Together) Free Family Fun Day will be held Sunday, May 3 at Forked Run State Park, Reedsville, from 1-5 p.m.

Meigs County ACTT is a consortium of several sporting and conservation clubs and agencies that partner to pursue a common interest in outdoor recreation and conservation.

There will be plenty of outdoor-related activities primarily geared towards youngsters but also fun for adults. Also, no fishing license is required at the park that day since it is takes place during Ohio’s free fishing weekend.

A coyote hunting and trapping seminar will take place Saturday, May 16 at the Ohio Division of Wildlife District 4 Headquarters at 360 East State Street in Athens.

The coyote hunting and trapping seminar is for sportsmen and women who are interested in pursuing the increasing population of coyotes, and topics include identification, laws, calling and baiting, types of traps and more.

The seminar is for ages 10 and up (youth must be accompanied by an adult). Lunch will be provided, but the seminar will take place both indoors and outdoors, so participants are encouraged to dress for the weather.

The cost is free and the event is sponsored by the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Perry County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Buckeye Big Buck Club and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Pre-registration is required beginning April 1 by calling 740-589-9930 and will continue through May 8 or until all seats are full. You cannot register prior to April 1.

Jim Freeman is the wildlife specialist for the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District. He can be contacted weekdays at 740-992-4282 or at