Deer hunt lottery being held Aug. 15

By Al Smith - Guest Columnist

If you are interested in a special deer hunt opportunity on Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC) managed property in Logan County, you can participate in a lottery on Aug. 15.

The drawing will take place at 6 p.m. at the West Mansfield Conservation Club, located at 700 South Main St. in West Mansfield. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Hunters must appear in person, be at least 18 years old and present a valid 2018-2019 Ohio hunting license and deer permit to participate in the lottery. Youth hunters may participate in the hunt but are not eligible for the drawing.

Approximately 13 hunters (and partners) will be drawn to hunt Saturdays and Sundays between Sept. 29-Nov. 25. Hunters must attend a mandatory orientation prior to their hunting dates, which will be announced after the drawing. Permits are transferable up to the date of the orientation session, but not after it.

Hunters must follow all rules and regulations that apply to the Ohio’s deer-archery hunting season, as well as rules that are assigned to this special controlled deer hunt.

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Have you ever wanted to try frog gigging, but don’t know how? You can learn the basics at a free workshop sponsor by the Ohio Division of Wildlife on Aug. 7.

Registration deadline is Aug. 6 for the workshop slated at 7 p.m. at the Barney Quilter CCC Camp, located at 1518 East County Road 113 in Green Springs. Participants should plan to stay well after dark to participate in the field portion of the workshop. Contact Andrea Altman at 419-429-8321 for more information and to register.

Topics to be covered by DOW officials include equipment, techniques, regulations and a cleaning demonstration. At dusk, groups will search the ponds on camp property with DOW staff in pursuit of frogs. Participants are encouraged to wear old clothes and shoes, and bring waders, hips boots, or a canoe or kayak to better access frogs in the ponds. A headlamp or flashlight also is recommended.

Interested parties are reminded that anyone 16 years of age or older is required to have a valid fishing license to participate.

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The basics of dove hunting and shooting will be held in Warren County on Aug. 16. The free workshop, sponsored by the DOW, begins at 6 p.m. at the Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range. The range is located just south of Xenia at 3450 Houston Road, Waynesville.

DOW personnel will cover topics including identification, habitat, equipment, techniques, and regulations. After the discussion participants will shoot trap at the Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range. Equipment will be supplied.

Pre-registration is required by Aug. 15, as space is limited. Contact Brittany at (937) 372-9261 or by e-mail at

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Four Limaland pros are among the top 25 in the points standings of the TH Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division after last week’s tournament on the Ohio River at Maysville, Kentucky.

Cody Seeger of Bellefontaine stayed in fourth place after three tourneys. He has 707 points. Dick Shaffer of Rockford moved up three spots to 14th with 669 points. Jay Ellis of Celina climbed from 27th to 20th with 646 points. Kyle Weisenburger of Ottawa moved from 35th to 24th with 622 points.

In last Saturday’s tourney, Seeger finished 14 with 4 bass that weighed 5 pounds. Shaffer was 26th with two bass that weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces. Ellis was 27th with two bass that weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces and Weisenburger was 35th with two bass that weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces.

On the co-angler side, Ron Weisenburger of Continental finished 12th with two bass that weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces. He sits in 25th place in the standings with 485 points. He vaulted from 49th after two tourneys. Ron Lane of Findlay fell from 12th to 28th in the standings after failing to weigh a fish in the tourney.

The next tourney is slated for Aug. 18 on Mosquito Lake.

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The Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) venison donation ministry successfully distributed 782,000 servings of nutritious meat for individuals, families and children in need this past year.

“The Lord has provided us with such a wonderful opportunity to take care of our hungry neighbors,” said FHFH Executive Director Josh Wilson. “We are very grateful to the many hunters, farmers, butcher shops, financial supporters and volunteers who participate across the country. Without their faithfulness and passion this work would not be possible.”

Since 1997 FHFH has coordinated the donation, processing and distribution of enough meat for more than 19.4 million meals to the hungry.

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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