Briefs: ODNR adds deer hunting dates for Marion County

Testing for chronic wasting disease continues in the region

COLUMBUS — Hunters in Marion, Wyandot and Hardin counties have extra dates to harvest a white-tailed deer as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife continues to monitor for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the region.

Since the fall of 2020, 11 wild deer have tested positive for CWD in Ohio, all in Marion and Wyandot counties. In response, a disease surveillance area was established in Marion, Wyandot and Hardin counties. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer and other similar species, including mule deer, elk and moose.

Beginning this year, the Division of Wildlife established earlier hunting seasons to slow the spread of CWD by lowering deer concentrations within the disease surveillance area. Archery hunting season begins Saturday and an early gun hunting season will take place Oct. 8-10 in all three counties.

CWD sampling within the disease surveillance area is required for all deer harvested Oct. 8-10, Nov. 5-6, Nov. 12-13, as well as during the entire seven-day gun season (Nov. 28-Dec. 4). Staffed sampling locations will be available during the seven-day gun season at several locations, including the Big Island Wildlife Area Headquarters, Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area Headquarters and Rural King in Marion.

Hunters can use self-serve kiosks to drop their deer off for free voluntary sampling throughout the deer season (Sept. 10-Feb. 5). Kiosk locations are available at and instructions for sample submission will be provided at the kiosk. Those with questions on having their deer sampled can call 419-429-8322.

Kindred at Home has a new name

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, guests and staff recently held a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark Kindred at Home becoming CenterWell Home Health — a new name that reflects their mission of putting patients at the center of everything they do. Their service area will continue to include Marion and surrounding counties.

CenterWell Home Health is a skilled care provided in the comfort of the residence home. Care is focused on helping a patient manage a chronic condition and/or recover from acute illness, surgery, accident or change in medical condition.

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Motorists advised of ODOT work

The Ohio Department of Transportation says U.S. 23 northbound and southbound between Ohio 529 and Ohio 95 will have daily lane restrictions from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. thorough the fall for pavement repairs.

In addition, the intersection of Ohio 98 and Ohio 529 is closed for 30 days. The Ohio 98 detour is Ohio 98 to Ohio 95 to U.S. 23 to Ohio 98 or reverse. The Ohio 529 detour is Ohio 529 to Ohio 95 to Ohio 746 to Ohio 529 or reverse.

This article originally appeared on Marion Star: Deer hunting starts early in Marion County, testing for CWD continues