LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION
The 76-acre Dan and Margaret James Wildlife Area is located in Guernsey County, in southeastern Ohio. The wildlife area is approximately 3 miles west of Senecaville and can be accessed from Guernsey County Road 549 and Richland Twp. Road 4540.The Division of Wildlife received the property through a donation from the estate of Dan and Margaret James in 1996. The terrain is typical of southeast Ohio consisting of wooded, rolling hills dissected by small streams. The habitat currently found on the wildlife area consists of 65 acres of forestland (85%) and 11 acres of grassland (15%). There is a large overhead power line along with the new REX underground gas line running from west to east through the wildlife area. This power/pipeline is where the grassland can be found.
Wildlife typically found in southeastern Ohio can be found on the James. Good numbers of fox and gray squirrels can be found in the larger forested areas along with deer and wild turkey. Woodland associated songbirds such as the scarlet tanager and pileated woodpecker can be observed on the area. Raccoons, red foxes, and mink are some of the furbearers you may find inhabiting the wildlife area.
The primary public opportunities on this small wildlife area are deer, turkey, and squirrel hunting. Opportunities for trapping and bird watching are also available on the James Wildlife Area. The Division of Wildlife’s management objectives will focus on providing our users with a reasonable opportunity for success while pursuing species found on the wildlife area.
The nearest Wildlife district office is located at 360 East State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701-1895; phone (740) 589-9930. Further information may be obtained from the Salt Fork Wildlife Area Manager, 67656 Salt Fork WL Hdqtrs. Road, Lore City, Ohio 43755. (740)-489-5021.
The Division of Wildlife enforces all state laws on these lands including hunting regulations. Enforcement priorities include prohibiting litter, off-road vehicle use, and timber theft and destruction.
TURN IN A POACHER
Ohio’s TIP, “Turn In a Poacher,” program is helping to curtail poaching throughout the state. TIP is designed to involve the public in reporting wildlife violations. Citizens who observe wildlife violations should call the TIP toll-free hotline, 1-800-POACHER.
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