WTU plays Texas Hold'em
The Mosquito Creek Chapter of White-Tails Unlimited will host a Texas Hold'em Tournament at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Vernon Township Fire Hall.
Entry is $40 and there is a 120-player limit.
For information call Dennis Molloy at (866) 988-3337.
Penn-Ohio Boat Show
The 19th Annual Penn-Ohio Boat Show will be held Friday to Feb. 6 in the newly remodeled Eastwood Expo Center behind Eastwood Mall.
This year's show will feature area boat dealers displaying what's new for 2005.
The show also will feature a large display of fishing tackle, electronics and boat accessories as well as service programs such as the Vessel Assist, U.S. Coast Guard and the Division of Watercraft and more.
The Penn-Ohio Boat Show is sponsored by Fish & amp; Field Report. Hours are Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 adults and children under 12 free. For more information, call (330) 544-8951.
Lakes Tournament trail
The 2005 Lakes Tournament Trail schedule is as follows: April 10, Mosquito Reservoir; May 1, Portage Lakes; May 22, West Branch; June 12, Salt Fork; July 10, Berlin; July 30 (open) Berlin; Aug. 21, Mosquito; championship, Sept. 17, 18, Lake Chatauqua, N.Y.
Preseason interest meetings will be held at 11 a.m. March 5 at the Rodmakers Shop, 20851 state Route 82, Strongsville, and at noon March 6, Clinton Town Hall, Main Street, Clinton (5 miles south of Barberton on Cleveland-Massillon Road).
For details, call (330) 825-5702.
A two-day, two-event bass fishing tournament will be held April 2 at Mosquito Reservoir and April 3 at Portage Lakes.
The Boy Scout 2005 Icebreaker Bass Tournaments will have a $65 team or individual entry fee per tournament with a payback schedule based on a 60-team field.
For registration questions, call Mike Antoniotti at (330) 835-1366. For tournament details, call (330) 825-5702 evenings.
The annual Bassmaster University will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 12-13 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott.
Bass pros Mike Ianconelli, David Fritts, Gary Klein and others will be on hand for the two-day workshop.
To register, call (866) 732-BASS.
Eagle survey results
A near-record number of bald eagles was observed in the state during the annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey, conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
A preliminary total of 366 bald eagles were observed, including 247 mature bald eagles and 119 immature eagles (birds less than 5 years old). Last year, a final count revealed 372 bald eagles during the mid-winter survey, a group composed of 282 mature and 90 immature birds. Last spring, 127 eaglets fledged from a record 108 nests.
Bald eagles were observed in 55 of Ohio's 88 counties during this year's two-week survey. Counties along the western shore of Lake Erie continue to report the largest number of eagles. Sandusky County had the greatest number of sightings with 56 birds. Counties with the highest counts of bald eagles were: Sandusky, 56; Ottawa, 49; Erie, 35; Wyandot, 27; and Trumbull, 19.
Although generally concentrated along western Lake Erie, bald eagles were sighted statewide wintering around the mouth of the Sandusky River, as well as the Kokosing, Scioto, and Muskingum rivers. Clermont, Scioto and Hamilton counties along the Ohio River were the southern-most locations of eagle sightings.
State wildlife officials conduct the survey each January as part of a national effort coordinated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Although rarely seen in Ohio, one golden eagle (age unknown) was spotted this year. The number of sightings could increase as the golden eagle population in the eastern Arctic expands. The annual eagle assessment includes a standardized aerial survey and observations from the ground by field personnel, a team of volunteers, and the general public.
With the 2004-05 deer seasons coming to a close this month, Vern Ross, Game Commission executive director, reminded hunters that they must complete and submit their Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) harvest report cards either by mail on through the agency's Web site (www.pgc.state.pa.us). Just click on "DMAP" in the "Quick Clicks" box in the upper right hand corner of the home page and follow the instructions.
Hunters will need to provide their application number, DMAP unit number, coupon number and birth date; the date of the harvest; the Wildlife Management Unit, county and township of the harvest; and what type of sporting arm they used. DMAP permits only may be used to take antlerless deer; however, hunters still will need to identify whether the deer was male or female.