Turkey, ribs, hams and chicken are offered as prizes at he Allen County Sportsmen and Farmers Association’s turkey shoot Sunday, which is held at the group’s 1001 South Kemp Road location.
Breakfast will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the first shoot going off at noon.
The club’s November general meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 29. The meeting and turkey shoot are open the the public. For furthers details concerning both events, contact Bill Stratton at 419-236-9082.
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Hunters have a free opportunity to shoot or sight in their deer gun prior to the deer-gun season on Nov. 23 at the Fitchville Conservation League.
The range will be open from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the club house located at 2623 Jennings Road, New London 44851. The open house is free of charge and shooting will be on a first come, first shoot basis.
Trained professionals from the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) and Fitchville Conservation League will be on hand to assist hunters and answer questions. Shooting benches will be set up on the range at 50 and 100 yards. Participants should bring their legal deer hunting firearm, ammunition, and eye and ear protection. Targets and shooting rests will be provided.
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If you have questions about Ohio’s deer-gun season, you may get answers by contacting the DOW Hunters toll-free at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).
Special call center hours for the deer-gun seasons include: 12-5 p.m. Nov. 25 before the beginning of deer-gun season; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 26-30 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 12-5 p.m. Dec. 2. The deer-gun seasons run from Nov. 26-Dec. 2, and Dec. 15-16.
A new regulation for the 2018-2019 hunting season limits hunters to harvesting one antlerless white-tailed deer from public land per license year. In addition, antlerless deer may not be taken from public hunting areas from Dec. 3, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019. Authorized DOW controlled hunts and controlled hunts occurring at specific Ohio State Parks properties are exempt from this regulation.
Deer bag limits are determined by county, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. The statewide bag limit is six deer. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location. Hunting hours for all deer seasons are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
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Some good news on the hunting and shooting end of outdoor recreation indicates 34 percent of active hunters and 43 percent of active recreational shooters have taken at least one child hunting or shooting in the past 12 months. That was according to an online survey of active hunters and shooters, conducted by Southwick Associates.
While one would expect most of the mentees were the children or the grandchildren of the person teaching them not all of them were. Others included different relatives and unrelated persons.
According to the survey, 50 percent of hunters took a son or daughter hunting with them while 33 percent of them took a grandchild and 12 percent took a nephew, niece or other relative. Twenty-six percent took an unrelated person hunting.
The survey indicated 47 percent of shooters took a son or daughter shooting with them while 36 percent of them took a grandchild and 12 percent took a nephew, niece or other relative. Twenty-seven percent took an unrelated person shooting.
“Mentors and mentoring programs are the best way to grow the next generation of sportsmen and it’s encouraging to see this role carried out by many hunters and recreational shooting enthusiasts, Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates said. The associates design and conduct the surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and AnglerSurvey.com.
Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL