Bird hunting dates have been approved
The Ohio Wildlife Council has approved the state’s early migratory game bird hunting seasons for this fall, according to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Sept. 1 kicks off the state’s hunting season with the opening of dove, Canada goose, teal, rail, moorhen and snipe.
Ohio’s dove season runs Sept. 1-Oct. 21 and Dec. 15-Jan. 2, 2013, with a daily limit of 15 birds and a possession limit of 30 birds.
Canada geese may be hunted statewide Sept. 1–15 during the special early season with a daily limit of four birds and possession limit of eight birds after the first day. Although closed in past years, the Mercer Canada Goose Zone will be open during the early Canada goose season; thus, Canada geese can be hunted statewide during the early season.
The early teal hunting season will open Sept. 1 and end Sept. 16 with a daily bag limit of four birds and possession limit of eight after the first day.
Waterfowl hunters must have a valid hunting license in addition to a state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp and a Harvest Information Program certification. Anyone who intends to hunt migratory game birds must obtain a new HIP certification each year.
Sora rails, Virginia rails and moorhens can be hunted Sept.1-Nov. 9 with a daily limit of 25 rails and 15 moorhens. Hunting season for snipe will be Sept. 1-Nov. 25 and Dec. 15-Jan. 4, 2013, with a daily bag limit of eight. The woodcock hunting season is open Oct. 12-Nov. 25 with a daily bag limit of three birds and a possession limit of six birds.
Hunting hours during the seasons for rails, moorhens, snipe, woodcock, teal, doves and Canada geese are sunrise to sunset. The only exceptions will be on wildlife areas that have specially posted hunting times for doves.
The 2012–13 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and the 2012 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure can be found on line at wildohio.com. The 2012 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure will be available by late August at license outlets, Division of Wildlife district offices or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.
• The ODNR Division of Wildlife is holding open house meetings in all five districts to discuss proposed rule changes to Ohio’s fish and wildlife rules. The meetings will be Saturday, Aug. 11, from 12–3 p.m. and are open to the public.
Rule proposals encompass new rules for wild animal hunting preserves, commercial bird shooting preserves and wild cervidaes to align with recently enacted legislation (House Bill 389). The rule package also includes proposals to define the geographical limits on reservoirs and bag limits on selected fish species.
Also proposed is a modification to the fish fillet rule. The following changes are proposed: fillets must be kept whole until an angler reaches their permanent residence or until the fish are prepared for immediate consumption; there will be no requirement to keep any skin on them; and this rule will not apply to anglers with a receipt from a fish cleaning house or charter captain which states the date, number and species of fish.
Each open house location will have a fish and wildlife biologist, as well as law enforcement officers available to answer questions. For those customers who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at www.wildohio.com. The form will be available now until Aug. 12.
Public input gathered at these open houses and through the online comments will be forwarded to the division’s central office and considered during the formulation of regulations. The central Ohio open house will be held at the District One Wildlife Office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus. For more information, call 614–644-3925.
A statewide hearing on all proposed rules will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office, located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus. This hearing is open to the public and comments are permitted. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during the Oct. 17 meeting.
For more information or directions to the open houses, visit the Division of Wildlife’s website at www.wildohio.com or call 800-WILDLIFE (945‑3543).
• Hunters interested in hunting Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area on the opening day of teal and early goose season are encouraged to enter a lottery, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. In addition, a second day of hunting will be held on Labor Day. Deadline for submitting a lottery entry is Aug. 6.
Both adults and youth can apply for the adult morning hunts. Only youth (17 and younger) can apply for the youth afternoon hunts. Zones will be assigned in the order they are drawn. Successful applicants will receive a permit and special instructions in the mail. Permits are not transferable. Successful applicants may bring up to two guests to hunt with them.
To apply, applicants must submit a 4x6 inch postcard listing their name, address, and phone number. Only one postcard per applicant is allowed and no duplicates may be submitted. Postcards should be sent to: ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Postcards need to be labeled at the top for the particular hunt in which the hunter is applying (Adult Teal; Youth Teal).
Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area is located in Sandusky County off State Route 6, between Fremont and Sandusky and is one of the premier teal hunting spots in the state.
Until next time, Good Hunting and Good Fishing!