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Get Your Hunting License: Archery Season Coming Soon

COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters will have their first opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer when archery season opens on Saturday, Sept. 30, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Ohio’s 2017-2018 deer seasons include:

• Archery: Sept. 30, 2017-Feb. 4, 2018

• Youth gun: Nov. 18-19

• Gun: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, and Dec. 16-17

• Muzzleloader: Jan. 6-9, 2018

Deer hunters will find the hunting regulations similar to last year, but bag limits were changed in certain counties.

County-wide bag limits have increased from two deer per county to three deer per county in Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Fairfield, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington counties. These changes are designed to slow the rate of herd growth, while still allowing herds to grow.

County-wide bag limits have decreased from three deer per county to two deer per county in Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Putnam and Williams counties. These changes are designed to encourage herd growth in these counties.

All other county bag limits remain the same. The statewide bag limit remains at six deer. Only one deer may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

New for the 2017-2018 hunting season, any straight-walled cartridge rifle with a minimum caliber of .357 to a maximum caliber of .50 is now allowed for hunting deer in Ohio. There have been three seasons of hunting deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles in Ohio with no biological impacts to the herd or additional hunter incidents.

Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset for all deer seasons. This includes gun and muzzleloader seasons. Additional details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2017-2018 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are sold or at wildohio.gov.

Licenses and permits can be purchased online at wildohio.gov and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population which maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

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.

Top Cities for Soccer Fans

With Atlanta United recently breaking the highest average per-game home attendance record for every major sport except the NFL and the average MLS team today worth $223 million, up from $185 million in 2016, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017’s Best Cities for Soccer Fans.

To find the best places for loving on the world’s most favorite sport, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 300 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional soccer team across six divisions comprising 63 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum season-ticket price for a game to stadium accessibility to number of championship wins.

Top Cities for Soccer Fans

1 Kansas City, MO

2 Orlando, FL

3 Los Angeles, CA

4 New York, NY

5 Portland, OR

6 Seattle, WA

7 Washington, DC

8 Boston, MA

9 Houston, TX

10 Salt Lake City, UT

11 Denver, CO

12 Chicago, IL

13 Columbus, OH

14 Dallas, TX

15 Philadelphia, PA

16 Cary, NC

17 Piscataway, NJ

18 Cincinnati, OH

19 San Jose, CA

20 Atlanta, GA

Best vs. Worst

For MLS, FC Dallas’ performance level, 50.00 percent, is 2.4 times better than Chicago Fire’s, 20.59 percent.

For NWSL, Seattle Reign FC’s performance level, 57.22 percent, is 2.9 times better than the Boston Breakers’, 20.00 percent.

For NASL, the New York Cosmos’ performance level, 51.08 percent, is 2.2 times better than Jacksonville Armada FC’s, 22.71 percent.

Portland, Oregon, has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for an MLS game, $132, which is 3.5 times less expensive than in Seattle, the city with the highest at $456.

Kansas City, Missouri, has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for an NWSL game, $120, which is 2.3 times less expensive than in Boston, the city with the highest at $275.

New York has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for an NASL game, $90, which is 3.4 times less expensive than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $306.

For the full reports and to see where your city ranks, please visit:


Cabela’s National Walleye Tour Announces 2018 Schedule

Lake of the Woods to host championship event

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (September 13, 2017) – The Cabela’s National Walleye Tour (NWT) announces the tournament schedule for 2018, which includes three regular-season events and a championship, all nationally televised and taking place on some of the country’s premier walleye fisheries at peak times.

The regular season kicks off May 10-11, 2018, on the Mississippi River at Red Wing, Minnesota. NWT anglers will probe the walleye-rich waters of pools 3, 4 and 5, which are known to produce big fish. The NWT will move on to Saginaw Bay at Bay City, Michigan, on June 14-15. This is the NWT’s first stop at Saginaw Bay and is timed to coincide with walleye staging in the Inner Bay and should make for heavy tournament limits.

The NWT will finish the regular season by returning to Devils Lake in North Dakota on July 26-27. The 200,000-acre lake is renowned for its numbers and versatility. NWT anglers will be tested on this ever-changing and interesting body of water. The NWT will wrap the season on September 5-7 with the NWT 2018 Tour Championship on Lake of the Woods at Baudette, Minnesota. The huge body of water is affectionately known as the Walleye Capital of the Word and will also determine the Pro- and Co-Anglers of the Year.

“We’re ecstatic to host the National Walleye Tour,” said Lake of the Woods Executive Director of Tourism Joe Henry. “When you put this quality of anglers on a proven walleye factory that holds strong numbers of trophy walleyes, it’s going to be a memorable week. Our early fall fishing is some of the best of the year. This will be an epic tournament.”

The Cabela’s National Walleye Tour includes unmatched television and media coverage, allowing a national audience to watch the action unfold from each event throughout the season. Airing on multiple networks, the NWT will be seen on the Pursuit Channel, NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports Net North, Comcast Chicago and the World Fishing Network.

For more details, anglers are encouraged to call 612-424-0708 or check out the website at www.nationalwalleyetour.com. From here, site visitors can learn more about the NWT, view the TV schedule and learn more about what’s in store for 2018 season.

2018 NWT scheduled events:

  • May 10-11 – Mississippi River (Red Wing, Minn.)
  • June 14-15 – Saginaw Bay (Bay City, Mich.)
  • July 26-27 – Devils Lake (Devils Lake, N.D.)
  • Championship – September 5-7 – Lake of the Woods (Baudette, Minn.)

About Cabela’s National Walleye Tour

Cabela’s National Walleye Tour events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Lucas Oil, Evinrude, RAM, Mercury, Motor Guide, Jimmy John’s, Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Stratos Boats, Lowrance, Protect the Harvest, BoatU.S., General Tire, SuperClean, Raymarine, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, Atlas, G-Juice, Powertex Group.


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