New open house format appears to be working


The new format for commenting on proposed hunting and fishing regulations seems to be working Wildlife District Two and Five.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) moved from a one-day Saturday format to a weeklong where the public could ask DOW personnel about the proposed regulations.

Through Wednesday evening, an average of six people per day attended the pen house in Wildlife District Two while 20 have attended in District Five. Ten people visited District Two Wednesday evening while three visited District Five the same night.

Of the 19 attendees in District Two, 10 left comments. Of the 20 attendees in District Five, 13 were first-timers or had not attended in years. Of that 20, six left comments. People unable to attend an open house may offer comments online at wildohio.gov until Monday.

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The Black Swamp chapter of Pheasants Forevers, located in Putnam County, will hold its annual banquet March 28 at the Fort Jennings American Legion.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. A Prime rib and chicken dinner will be catered by Lock Sixteen.

An individual ticket is priced at $60 and includes a meal, PF membership and a gun raffle. A couple’s ticket is $80 and includes 2 meals, a PF membership and a gun raffle. A student ticket (age 25 and under) is $50 and includes a meal, a PF membership and a gun raffle. Student couple’s ticket (age 25 and under) is $70 and includes 2 meals, a PF membership and a gun raffle. A ringneck or youth (age 15 and under) ticket is $20 and includes a meal, a PF membership and a youth gun raffle. The first youth is $20 each with additional youth in the same family priced at $10. Each family receives one youth membership.

Gun raffles, door prizes and auctions will be featured at the banquet. For tickets and more information, call or text Adam Anspach at 419-771-1747.

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Boat owners should check their registrations since registrations expire in Ohio each March. Not everyone’s registration expires in the same year. Registration is good for three years.

The cost of a boat registration depends on the length of the boat, how it is propelled and which type of registration the owner is purchasing.

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Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2020 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches has begun. The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base, located six miles west of Port Clinton on Ohio 2, are held in July and August. The matches have been held at Camp Perry since 1907.

Experienced and novice shooters can become part of more than a century-old tradition and can take part in clinics and other learning opportunities during the matches. These clinics, taught by CMP staff and qualified professionals, are available during the National Matches.

The CMP also is seeking individuals to serve as members of its support team during the matches.

Spectators can observe firing on the Camp Perry ranges at any time. There are numerous activities and visual attractions offered during the matches.

For registration and more information on the National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches, including a complete schedule of events, log on to https://tinyurl.com/marksmanshipmatches.

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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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