OHIO VALLEY — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife invites residents to take advantage of the outdoors during Ohio Free Fishing Weekend.
Normally, a license is required for those 16 and older, but each year ODNR sets aside the first Saturday and Sunday in May for Ohio residents to enjoy free fishing on any public waterway in the state.
To encourage families to take advantage of the weekend and to learn about hunting and fishing, District 4 State Wildlife Officer Chris Gilkey brought together the 11 conservationists groups in Meigs County and organized a Family Outdoor Day at Forked Run State Park in Reedsville.
The Meigs County Active Conservationist Teamed Together, or ACTT, includes ODW and the Chester Bow Hunter’s Club, Forked Run Sportsman’s Club, Meigs County Beagle Club, Meigs County Ikes, Meigs County Fish and Game, Shade River Coon Hunters Club, Pomeroy Gun Club, Racine Gun Club, Big Bend Beagle Club, Appalachian Valley Chapter of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, Whitetails Unlimited and Buffington Island Chapter.
Now in its fourth year, Family Outdoor Day is packed with free activities and refreshments for all ages to encourage a love of the outdoors.
“This is one of the first steps in ensuring a hunting and fishing heritage to future generations,” Gilkey said. “We have a common goal, all of us want to share our love of the outdoors. It is something to celebrate, that we have 11 groups working together with the ODW.”
Activities scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Forked Run include a BB gun range, archery, retrieving dog demo, trapping information, fishing, boating safety, fish identification classses and other outdoor fun.
“Bring your fishing pole and gear or borrow one of ours,” Gilkey said.
For more information, contact Gilkey at 740-589-9988.