Ohio State Parks Duck Blind Lotteries Set for Aug. 19


COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for more than 270 permits to hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select Ohio State Park lakes this waterfowl hunting season. All but one of the drawings will be held the morning of Saturday, Aug. 19, at 16 state parks. Portage Lakes State Park will hold its lottery on Thursday, Aug. 15. At all parks, applications will be taken locally with the lottery drawings following registration.

Interested applicants must appear in person at a participating state park office with proof of a 2017 Ohio hunting license, Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2017 federal duck stamp. Applicants under the age of 18 are encouraged to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract, and the applicants must provide the required license and stamps.

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit, and no one can apply or draw for another person. There is a $50 non-refundable permit fee for the state park lottery winners. Most locations accept cash, check or credit card for payment, except Portage Lakes where payment is by cash (exact change) or check only. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2018.

Participating state parks include Portage Lakes and West Branch in northeast Ohio; East Fork in northwest Ohio; Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, East Harbor, Hueston Woods, Indian Lake, Lake Loramie and Rocky Fork in southwest Ohio; Adams Lake and Shawnee Woods in southeast Ohio; and Alum Creek, A.W. Marion, Buck Creek, Deer Creek and Delaware in central Ohio.

For more information about waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations, call 800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for more than 270 permits to hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select Ohio State Park lakes this waterfowl hunting season. All but one of the drawings will be held the morning of Saturday, Aug. 19, at 16 state parks. Portage Lakes State Park will hold its lottery on Thursday, Aug. 15. At all parks, applications will be taken locally with the lottery drawings following registration.

Interested applicants must appear in person at a participating state park office with proof of a 2017 Ohio hunting license, Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2017 federal duck stamp. Applicants under the age of 18 are encouraged to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract, and the applicants must provide the required license and stamps.

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit, and no one can apply or draw for another person. There is a $50 non-refundable permit fee for the state park lottery winners. Most locations accept cash, check or credit card for payment, except Portage Lakes where payment is by cash (exact change) or check only. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2018.

Participating state parks include Portage Lakes and West Branch in northeast Ohio; East Fork in northwest Ohio; Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, East Harbor, Hueston Woods, Indian Lake, Lake Loramie and Rocky Fork in southwest Ohio; Adams Lake and Shawnee Woods in southeast Ohio; and Alum Creek, A.W. Marion, Buck Creek, Deer Creek and Delaware in central Ohio.

For more information about waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations, call 800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for managing Ohio’s 74 state parks and providing the finest outdoor recreational opportunities, including first-class boating services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio’s waterways and public lands.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

2017 Duck Blind Lottery Location Information

The 2017 duck blind lottery drawings at select Ohio State Park lakes will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, except Portage Lakes State Park, which will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Alum Creek State Park (Delaware County) will offer 24 blinds. Applications are accepted beginning at 8 a.m. with the drawing at 8:30 a.m. at 3305 S. Old State Road, Delaware, 43015-7635. Call 740-548-4631 for more information.

Delaware State Park (Delaware County) will offer 25 blinds. Applications are accepted beginning at 8 a.m. with the drawing at 8:30 a.m. at 5202 U.S. Route 23 North, Delaware, 43015 (meet at the marina). Call 740-548-4631.

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A few years ago my wife and I started putting out feeders and houses for them in our backyard. We have really enjoyed watching all the different birds.

It is amazing how my ears have really become attuned to identifying different birds by sound before I even see them. My eyes have also become much more aware of movement of birds in trees and bushes as they fly around and I try to identify them.

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ARE YOU READY?

Archery season for those who pursue the whitetail deer is almost here across America. Are you ready?

I hope you’ve already been out scouting and are now intimately familiar with the land you will hunt. Have you found deer sign, different types of habitat and other things that will help you be successful this year?

If you haven’t scouted yet, you better hurry. Scouting should stop early enough to let the woods settle down, long before season starts.

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