Shown are (l-r) League of Ohio Sportsmen President Larry Mitchel Sr., Awardee Jack Fought and Retired Division of wildlife Chief Steve Grey during Annual Convention and Conservation Awards Banquet at Lewis Center, Ohio (Photo submitted)
Shown are (l-r) League of Ohio Sportsmen President Larry Mitchel Sr., Awardee Jack Fought and Retired Division of wildlife Chief Steve Grey during Annual Convention and Conservation Awards Banquet at Lewis Center, Ohio (Photo submitted)

OTTAWA — The League of Ohio Sportsmen held its 106th Annual Convention and Conservation Awards Banquet at Lewis Center, Ohio in February. Being the oldest conservation and sportsmen organization in Ohio, this volunteer group’s has worked since 1908 to preserve clean water, good soil, and more trees for the benefit of its motto “Save and Restore Wildlife”.

Area people receiving awards from League of Ohio Sportsmen and their educational arm, Ohio Wildlife Federation were Hunter Educator of the year, 2013, Jack Fought of Ottawa-Pandora area. Fought has been a Hunter Education Instructor since 1998. Being a member of Leipsic Fishing & Hunting Association and Continental Conservation Club, he is dedicated instructor who uses his life experiences to instill those he trains to be a safe, knowledgeable outdoorsman, and steward of natural resources. He received multiple nominations from past students and fellow instructors who have observed his classes.

Youth Conservationist Group of 2013 was awarded to Boy Scouts of America’s Order of the Arrow Section C6B which includes our local Black Swamp Area Council and four other local western Ohio councils. This group chose to clear invasive honeysuckle from John Bryan State Park’s biking and walking trail to Clifton Gorge near Yellow Springs, Ohio. Because of the stubborn invasiveness of honeysuckle, this task lasted three years. This trail can now be used by families.

John Daugerty, wildlife biologist and recently retired Division of Wildlife District 2 Supervisor, was awarded Wildlife Conservationist of 2013 for establishing 5000 acres of wildlife habitat in northwest Ohio. He was also involved with restoration of wetlands at Pickerel Creek, Metzger Marsh, and Killdeer Plains. He also was involved in the restoration of turkey to Wildlife District Two.

Paul Brooks of Findlay received a distinguished Service Award. He is OWF’s Junior Anglers’ Program Chairman, held the first weekend in May at 4-H Camp Ohio near St. Louisville where youth and adult sponsors can the weekend learning about being an angler and bring home the trout and other fish they catch for a $75 camp fee. This is a license-free weekend so the whole family is invited. Paul also is Camp Director for

Oct. 10-12, 2014, Coonskin weekend to learn the skills of hunting and shooting also held at 4-H Camp Ohio for $100 camp fee.

Congratulations go out to these sportsmen who share their love for the outdoors with others. Anyone interested in these Youth

Programs can go to www.leagueofohiosportsmen.org Click on OWF and then click on “visit Ohio Wildlife Federation (in green)website today” for an application.

story created on Monday 3/3/2014 at 2:55:29 pm by Nancy Kline