Regional Reports-Midwest

Ailes Run State Wildlife Area

Sportsmen have 2,900 more acres of public land to hunt and fish in the state's southeastern hill country, thanks to a recent purchase by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The new wildlife area is located about five miles southeast of Caldwell in Noble County, between Interstate 77 and State Route 78. Among the game species found there are whitetail deer, gray squirrels, cottontail rabbits, waterfowl and wild turkeys. The site, known as Ailes Run State Wildlife Area, is only the second Division of Wildlife landholding in Noble County, along with the Senecaville State Fish Hatchery at Seneca Lake. The property, formerly owned by B&N; Coal Company, was purchased for $1.1 million from The Conservation Fund, a Virginia-based nonprofit foundation that assists organizations and agencies in protecting America's land and water resources. Partners participating with the DNR in the acquisition include the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Ruffed Grouse Society. Contact: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (800-945-3543).