Fishing, hunter instructor workshops set in March


Workshops to become a certified youth fishing instructor and a hunter education instructor will be held in March.

Preregistration is required by March 17 for the fishing instructor workshop, which will be held March 19 at the Division of Wildlife District Two Office, located at 952 Lima Ave. in Findlay. Persons may call 800-945-3543 for information on the hunter education instructor workshop, which will be held March 20-21 at the Hamilton Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America located at 450 Beissinger Road in Hamilton.

The free Passport to Fishing instructor workshop, sponsored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) will be held from 9a.m.-3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch and dress for the weather.

Interested individuals can register at https://apps.ohiodnr.gov/wildlife/educationregistration. Participants must complete a background check prior to registering.

Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a four-station program within a fishing event. These instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach children and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.

According to the DOW, by becoming a certified instructor, you will be able to help in reconnecting students with the outdoors, as well as have the skills and resources to do so in a more successful way. Resources available include grants, equipment, publications and brochures, and training.

People interested in the hunter education instructor course must be at least 18 years of age and have successfully completed a hunter education course. They also must complete a background check prior to registering. Participants are required to attend both days of training.

For more information on becoming a hunter education instructor, visit the hunter education pages at wildohio.gov.

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The Allen County Sportsmen and Farmers Association will be hold a turkey shoot Sunday at its 1001 S. Kemp Road location. The first shoot begins at 11:45. Prizes will be turkey, ribs and chickens. Breakfast begins at 10:30. Cost is $5.

The Club also will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m on Feb. 27. For additional information, call Bill Stratton at 419-236-9082.

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The annual special drawing for 56 spots (date and section combinations) available during the youth wild turkey hunting season the Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in northwest Ohio will be held March 21 at the area’s headquarters.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the drawing is set for 10 a.m. at the headquarters, located at 9455 Williams County Road R West of Pioneer. Youths age 17 and younger may participate during the spring turkey season. Only youth turkey hunting is held on the La Su An Area.

Youth hunters are not required to be present to register. Adults may register a youth by presenting the youth’s hunting license. Youths are required to have a valid 2020-21 hunting license to register.

Successful applicants will select an available section of their choice for a three, four, or five-day permit for the youth and spring wild turkey seasons. As names are drawn, that hunter will select the preferred hunt period and section that they wish to hunt. Names will be drawn until all hunt periods and sections are taken.

Each hunt permit is valid for one licensed youth hunter. Hunters can only hunt during their designated hunt period and in the section stated on their permit. Youth permit holders are required to sign the hunt permit before entering the wildlife area to hunt. Permits are transferable, as long as the instructions on the back of the permit are followed.

Complete rules for the hunt are available on the DOW’s website at WildOhio.com.

Questions can be directed to Lake La Su An Wildlife Area at 419-485-9092 or the Wildlife District Two Office at 419-424-5000 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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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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