Lottery scheduled for special controlled deer hunt

A lottery for a special controlled deer hunt in Logan County on Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC)-managed property will be held Oct. 17 at the West Mansfield Conservation Club, located at 700 South Main St. in West Mansfield.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. with the drawing set for 6 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the drawing must appear in person. They must be at least 18 years old and present a 2019-2020 Ohio hunting license and deer permit. Youth hunters are not eligible for the drawing, but they may participate in the hunt.

Approximately 15 hunters (and partners) will be drawn for the hunting days to be scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 2, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020.

A mandatory orientation is required of hunters prior to their hunting dates, which will be announced after the drawing. Permits are transferable up to the date of the orientation session. 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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Bill Bellman, who resides in Allen County just west of Lima, is an official measurer for Buckeye Big Buck Club, Pope and Young, and Boone and Crockett . Hunters may contact him at wbellman68 @gmail. com and 419-303-8427.

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A few incidents show that Ohio wildlife officers keep citing people for violating fishing regulations some anglers have been ignoring for decades.

In a familiar scenario that plays out across the country, Putnam County Wildlife Officer Jason Porinchok cited a man for fishing out a license, which cost him $200 in fines and court costs after pleading not contest in Putnam County Court.

According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) Pornichok observed the fishing at Ottawa Reservoir with two children. The man handled the fishing rods several times while the children played nearby. Porinchok did not observe the children fishing. He contacted the man and asked to see his fishing license. The man denied that he was fishing and stated he had only been helping the children. Eventually the man admitted that he had been fishing without a license.

The next scenario has happened more than a few times on Lake Erie.

Wildlife investigators Kelsey Brockman and Brian Bury, assigned to the Lake Erie Unit, were working ice fishing enforcement on Lake Erie near South Bass Island. They contacted people as they came off the lake. The first individual was found to have two walleye over his daily bag limit, and a second individual did not have a fishing license. While checking the fishing license of a third individual, it was discovered that he had falsified his address and purchased a resident fishing license instead of a nonresident license to avoid purchasing a nonresident Lake Erie permit.

All three individuals were cited for their violations and paid $178 in court costs and $156 in fines.

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There is more great news for Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch anglers following the DOW’s preliminary results from surveys in the western basin of lake.

Wildlife agencies Ohio and Michigan plus the Canadian province of Ontario sample the western basin annually in August. They search for young-of-the-year walleye and yellow perch. Ohio DOW biologists survey nearly 40 locations between Toledo and Huron. The data is compared with the results from previous years to gauge the success of the walleye and yellow perch hatches.

For the second successive year, Ohio’s data points to an exceptional walleye hatch, the second-highest in the history of the survey, while the yellow perch hatch also was strong, well above its long-term average.

The Division of Wildlife’s 2019 August walleye hatch index was 143. This is the second-highest value on record for Ohio’s waters of the western basin and far above the 20-year index average of 27. The DOW said this year’s outstanding hatch combined with the excellent 2015 and 2018 year-classes will ensure an abundance of young walleye to compliment the older and larger fish that make up the current Lake Erie walleye population.

The 2019 yellow perch hatch index to be very good at 467, above Ohio’s western basin 20-year index average of 317. It is the fifth year in the past seven that falls above the average. The DOW claims the above-average yellow perch hatch will help bolster the population following a strong 2018 hatch in the western basin. Catches of yearling yellow perch were nearly double the 20-year average and confirm the strength of last year’s class, according to the wildlife agency.

Ohio survey results will be combined with Ontario data in the next few months to characterize the basin-wide catches of young-of-year walleye and yellow perch.

This data allows biologists to calculate an initial projection of how many young fish will enter the fishable population two years later, which will be used in the process to determine jurisdictional quotas for the 2021 fishing season.

Central basin results for walleye and yellow perch will be available later in 2019.

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The Ohio DOW is offering a free informational deer professing workshop on Oct. 17 in New London. Outdoor enthusiasts will learn to field dress and butcher a white-tailed deer during the free workshop.

The workshop will be held from 6- 9 p.m. at the Fitchville Conservation League Club House located at 2623 Jennings Road. Although the workshop is free, pre-registration is required by Oct. 15. Interested individuals can register at

Trained professionals from the DOW and Fitchville Conservation League will partner to cover topics including field dressing, skinning, and butchering. This workshop is hands-on and portions will be held outdoors. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the workshop and for the weather.

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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