NEW STATE WILDLIFE AREA DEDICATED IN SOUTHEASTERN OHIO|
Jockey Hollow State Wildlife Area triples public hunting acreage in
COLUMBUS, OH - A new, 3,500-acre state wildlife area was dedicated
today amid one of the state's most popular hunting destinations, according
to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Located in Harrison and
Belmont counties, Jockey Hollow State Wildlife Area includes a diverse
patchwork of forest and grasslands, and features several small ponds.
"On opening day of this year's spring turkey season, Harrison County
recorded the second highest number of turkeys harvested in the state," said
Steven A. Gray, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. "We look forward to
managing this important wildlife area for hunters and other outdoor
Joining state and local officials at the dedication were leaders of
The Conservation Fund, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Ruffed
Grouse Society, Ducks Unlimited and Whitetails Unlimited.
The new property includes land within Athens and Moorefield
townships in the southeastern corner of Harrison County and Flushing
Township in Belmont County.
Recognized for its abundant recreational opportunities, the area
will be managed for hunters, anglers and nature enthusiasts by the ODNR
Division of Wildlife. The area is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkey,
grouse, squirrels, rabbits and river otters. Ponds that dot Jockey Hollow
offer anglers the opportunity to catch largemouth bass and a variety of
The ODNR Division of Wildlife manages 120 state wildlife areas that
offer hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities on more than