New, Free, Learn to Hunt Program in Oho
The Sportsmen’s Alliance has launched a learn-to-hunt program, and the first class will take place in the Columbus area over several weeks starting in August. The program is completely free for students, and takes them from the classroom to the field to the table, teaching everything from hunter’s education to firearms safety and proficiency, and includes harvesting game and sharing that meal.
Here is the page for registration and more details: https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/events/cohh/
Special Controlled Dove Hunt Drawings Offered in Central Ohio
COLUMBUS, OH – Special controlled dove hunt drawings will be held on Saturday, August 25 according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Controlled hunts will take place at Trump and Deer Creek Wildlife Areas during the first two days of the dove season, Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2.
The drawings for these hunts will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 12 p.m. at the Deer Creek Wildlife Area headquarters, 12552 Post Road, Mt. Sterling Ohio, 43143.
To participate in the drawings, hunters will be required to present a 2018-2019 hunting license and current Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification prior to the drawing. HIP certification is free and can be obtained by calling 1-877-HIP-OHIO. For more information on HIP, please visit fws.gov/hip.
To learn about other controlled hunting opportunities, visit wildohio.gov.
First Time Ever: Free Range Day at All ODNR Shooting Ranges
COLUMBUS, OH – Recreational shooters both young and old are invited to experience one of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 11, during Ohio’s Free Range Day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). On this day, the shooting range permit requirement will be waived at all ODNR Division of Wildlife Class “A,” “B,” and “C” shooting ranges.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife is partnering with the National Shooting Sports Foundation as part of a continued effort to provide more opportunities for recreational shooters. New shooters can gain hands-on experience with firearms at no charge from certified instructors at one of five ranges from 12- 4 p.m. Staff will offer on-site instruction to new or beginning shooters and will provide equipment, ammunition, and hearing and eye protection free of charge.
The following ranges will have ODNR Division of Wildlife staff on-site to assist new shooters:
Deer Creek Wildlife Area, corner of State Route 207 and Cook Yankeetown Road NE, Mt Sterling 43143
Grand River Wildlife Area, 6693 Hoffman Norton Road, Bristolville 44491 (rifle and pistol); State Route 88 east of State Route 534 (shotgun)
Spring Valley Wildlife Area, 3450 Houston Road, Waynesville 45068
Woodbury Wildlife Area, 41384 State Route 541, Warsaw 43844
Cardinal Shooting Center, 3389 County Road 225, Marengo 43334
The ODNR Division of Wildlife shooting ranges provide the public with comfortable, safe places to shoot archery or firearms. A complete list of range facilities can be found at wildohio.gov.
Free Range Day is being offered as part of the National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc.’s National Shooting Sports Month.
ODNR Offers Special Deer Hunts on Nine State Nature Preserves
COLUMBUS, OH – In a continuing effort to control deer populations, specifically those affecting native plant communities, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will coordinate special deer hunts at nine state nature preserves across the state.
Ohio’s nature preserve system protects some of the state’s rarest and highest quality ecology. Deer continue to exert a negative impact on many sensitive habitats at several state nature preserves. The primary impact is from the browsing of native vegetation by deer. Additional impacts can be seen as the rapid spread of various non-native invasive plants displaces many native Ohio plant species.
Preserve managers will handle hunting applications at the local level. Hunters must attend individual meetings if they are interested in particular hunts. During those events, hunters can enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket for $5.
Other requirements include:
Hunters must possess a valid 2018-2019 hunting license to purchase tickets.
Names will be randomly drawn, and those selected will be assigned a specific time to hunt. An orientation will be conducted immediately following the drawing.
Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner, however, the partner is not required to attend the drawing or orientation.
Hunters interested in both the Lake Katharine gun and archery hunts will have to purchase separate lottery tickets for each event.
These hunts are “doe first” hunts, meaning a buck can be taken only after an antlerless deer is harvested. The harvest of does helps manage the deer population. Other special regulations will be addressed at the orientation meetings following the drawings.
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve will again provide both archery and gun hunting opportunities. The Lake Katharine archery hunt will offer hunters two-week blocks of time to hunt. For the Lake Katharine gun hunt, hunters will be drawn for one of the two-day hunts, either Nov. 26-27 or Nov. 29–30, all during the regular statewide gun season. Because of the success of the 2017-18 season, an additional muzzleloader hunt will be offered the first two days of muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-6, 2019.
Hunts at Blackhand Gorge, Davey Woods, Gallagher Fen, Goll Woods, Gott Fen, Lawrence Woods, McCracken Fen and Old Woman Creek state nature preserves will be archery-only hunts. Successful lottery winners of these hunts will be offered two-week blocks of time to hunt.
Hunters may apply for hunts at multiple sites, but they must attend the meeting for each hunt to enter the drawing. Do not mail entry forms.
Hunt locations and meeting dates are as follows:
Lake Katharine (Jackson County) The archery, gun and muzzleloader drawings will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve office located at 1703 Lake Katharine Road, Jackson 45640. Contact Josh Deemer at 740-285-5971 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Old Woman Creek (Erie County) The archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Old Woman Creek Visitors Center located at 2514 Cleveland Road East, Huron 44839. Contact Ryan Schroeder at 419-445-1775 or email@example.com for more information.
Goll Woods (Fulton County) The archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9 a.m. at the Goll Woods State Nature Preserve office located at 26093 County Road F, Archbold 43502. Contact Ryan Schroeder at 419-445-1775 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
McCracken Fen (Logan County) The archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. at the McCracken Fen State Nature Preserve parking area located at 4140 Township Road 32 South, Bellefontaine 43311. Contact Michelle Comer at 937-537-6173 or email@example.com for more information.
Davey Woods (Champaign County) The archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m. at the Davey Woods State Nature Preserve parking area located at 7661 Lonesome Road, St. Paris 43072. Contact Michelle Comer at 937-537-6173 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lawrence Woods (Hardin County) The archery hunt drawing will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve parking area located at 13278 County Road 190, Kenton 43226. Contact Ryan Schroeder at 419-445-1775 or email@example.com for more information.
Blackhand Gorge (Licking County) The archery hunt drawing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve office located at 5213 Rock Haven Road, Newark 43055. Contact Charlotte McCurdy at 330-607-3566 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Gallagher Fen (Clark County) The archery hunt drawing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Buck Creek State Park office located at 1976 Buck Creek Lane, Springfield 45502. Contact Michelle Comer at 937-537-6173 or email@example.com for more information.
Gott Fen (Portage County) The archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve office located at 11027 Hopkins Road, Garrettsville 44231. Contact Adam Wohlever at 330-527-5118 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ohio State Parks Duck Blind Lotteries Set for Aug. 18
COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for more than 280 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. 18, at 18 state parks. Portage Lakes will hold its lottery on Thursday, Aug. 16. 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 2018 Ohio hunting license, Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2018 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 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, 2019.
Participating state parks include Portage Lakes and West Branch in northeast Ohio; East Harbor and Lake Loramie in northwest Ohio; Adams Lake, Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, East Fork, Hueston Woods and Rocky Fork in southwest Ohio; Shawnee in southeast Ohio; and Alum Creek, A.W. Marion, Buck Creek, Buckeye Lake, Deer Creek, Delaware and Indian Lake 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 75 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.
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. 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.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.