Waterfowl, deer lotteries approaching

Al Smith - Guest Columnist

Waterfowl and deer lotteries at Limaland area lakes and nature preserves will be held Aug. 18 and over Labor Day weekend.

The waterfowl lotteries to build duck blinds will take place at Lake Loramie State Park in Shelby and Auglaize counties and at Indian Lake State Park in Logan County will be held on Aug. 18.

Applications for 35 blinds will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. with the drawing at 8:30 a.m. at the campground office at Indian Lake State Park located at 13156 State Route 235 North, Lakeview 43331. Call 937-843-2717 for more information.

Applications for 19 blinds will be accepted beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the drawing at 8 a.m. at Lake Loramie State Park located at 4401 Fort Loramie-Swanders Road, Minster 45865. Call 937-295-3900 or 937-843-2717 for more information.

Applicants are required to have proof of a 2018 Ohio hunting license, Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2018 federal duck stamp and must appear in person at the state park office. 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.

No one can apply or draw for another person. Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit. There is a $50 non-refundable permit fee for the state park lottery winners. Both Limaland locations accept cash, check or credit card for payment.

Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds. All blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2019.

Permits to participate in controlled archery hunts at McCracken Fen and Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserves will awarded by lottery on Labor Day Weekend.

The hunt drawing at McCracken Fen in Logan County 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 michelle.comer@dnr.state.oh.us for more information.

The hunt drawing at Lawrence Woods in Hardin County 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 ryan.schroeder@dnr.state.oh.us for more information.

These hunts are “doe first” hunts since the harvest of does help manage the Ohio deer population. A buck can be taken only after an antlerless deer is harvested. Managing the deer population in nature preserves is important since these system protects some of the state’s rarest and highest quality ecology, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW). 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.

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.

Other special regulations will be addressed at the orientation meetings following the drawings.

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People interested in learning the basics of mourning dove hunting can learn from DOW personnel at a pair of free workshops to be held at wildlife areas near Lake Erie at the end of the month.

The workshops will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area headquareters on Aug. 28 and at Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area headquarters on Aug. Killdeer Plains is located at 19100 County Road 115 in Harpster. Pickerel Creek is located at 3451 County Road 256 in Vickery.

DOW staff will cover topics including dove life history, hunting techniques and equipment, and basic dove field management. The workshop will also include dove field dressing and processing. A portion of the workshop will include walking in a dove field and sturdy footwear is recommended.

The workshops are free of charge, but preregistration is required by Aug. 27 as space is limited. Interested individuals can register by calling Andrea Altman at 419-429-8321.


Al Smith

Guest Columnist

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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