Labor Day weekend marks beginning of hunting season

By Al Smith - Guest Columnist

While the Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer season for many, it also kicks off the huntings season for others.

The Black Swamp chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold a dove hunt open to youths and adults Sept. 2 and 3 at the Kalida Fish and Game Club, located at 16414 Ohio 694 near the golf course in Kalida. The hunt is scheduled for 7:30-11 a.m. with doors opening at 6:30 a.m. Participants must have a valid hunting license and HIP certification.

Youths must be accompanied by an adult. The hunt will take place in designated spots in pairs around the club grounds.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be special drawings for youths and veterans. Participants signed up will receive a hat and a T-shirt. All participants are entered for door prizes.

To sign up, call or text Adam Anspach at 419-771-1747, Dave Ninberg 419-863-0060 or Kyle Westbeld at 419-890-3401.

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The Ohio hunting season begins Sept. 1 with squirrel, dove, rail, snipe and gallinule seasons. Doves may be hunted sunrise to sunset, except for areas posted otherwise, from Sept. 1-Nov. 5. The daily bag limit is 15 doves, with a possession limit of 45 after the second day.

The early waterfowl season in Ohio begins Sept. 2 when Canada geese and teal may be hunted. Canada geese may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 2-10 with a daily bag limit of five birds. Teal may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 2-17 with a daily bag limit of six birds. Possession limits after the second day for both teal and Canada geese are three times the daily bag limits.

Deer archery season begins the last Saturday of the month (Sept. 30) and runs through Feb. 4, 2018. Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The statewide bag limit is six deer, and only one deer may be antlered regardless of location or method of take.

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Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve in Hardin County will hold one of six special hunts on such areas in Ohio as the Division of Wildlife continues its effort to control deer populations, specifically those affecting native plant communities,

The archery hunt drawing will be held at the preserve parking area, located at 13278 County Road 190, Kenton, 43226 on Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. Hunters must attend the meeting. Hunters can enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket for $5.

Successful lottery winners of these hunts will be offered two-week blocks of time to hunt. Contact Ryan Schroeder at 419-445-1775 or for more information.

This is a “doe first” hunt, 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.

Other requirements include:

• Hunters must possess a valid 2017-2018 hunting license in order 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.

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Limaland bass anglers continue to do well in the Michigan Division of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League.

Two garnered top 10 finishes during the Aug. 2 tournament on the Detroit River. Veteran Steve Clapper, of Lima, was fourth among the pros with a 5-bass limit that weighed 21 pounds, 3 ounces. Wapakoneta’s Alex Newman was fourth among co-anglers with a 5-bass limit that weighed 17 pounds, 6 ounces.

Newman is sixth in the points standing having climbed from 9th while Lima’s Vickie Maisch-Rummer is 10th after falling two places. She finished 37th in the tourney with 4 bass that weighed 11 pounds, 4 ounces.

Lima’s Zach Maisch moved from 12th to 9th in the pro points standings after placing 20th in the tourney with a 5-bass limit that weighed 17 pounds, 5 ounces. Van Wert’s Dan Cramer fell to 33rd from 31st in the points standings. He caught 4 bass that weighed 13 pounds, 2 ounces.

By Al Smith

Guest Columnist

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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