Don’t forget that your current hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of February and new ones are currently on sale. Ohio’s 2014-2015 licenses will be valid immediately upon purchase through Feb. 28, 2015. Ohio’s 2013-2014 licenses are valid through Feb. 28, 2014. White-tailed deer and fall wild turkey hunting permits will go on sale later in 2014.
The prices for Ohio’s hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and permits are unchanged from 2013-2014. Licenses and permits can be purchased online at wildohio.com and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at wildohio.com.
Mobile fishing licenses will also be available beginning Saturday, Feb. 22. Ohio’s 2014-2015 licenses include a transaction receipt and effective dates that match the fishing, hunting or trapping season. Licenses and permits are printed on plain white paper that is not waterproof. Licenses and permits will be printed with additional information relevant to the license or permit purchased.
• March is finally within sight. Although old man winter is holding a death grip on our weather, hopefully it won’t be long before we are back outside fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Until then, if you are looking for something to help with the winter time blues, there are a lot of neat shows coming up that can help ease the winter doldrums.
First, you can head to Columbus for the annual Field and Stream Deer and Turkey Expo. This very popular show is at the state fairgrounds. The show hours are Friday, March 14, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This has become an annual favorite for the local deer and turkey hunters. If you have never been to the show, expect shoulder to shoulder crowds, but it is worth it if you are looking for something to do to give your hunting appetite a taste of things to come. Visit www.deerinfo.com for more details and to print off an admission discount coupon.
Another one of my favorites occurring in March is the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association Show. If you enjoy the artistry of waterfowling, this show is well worth the drive. The show moved to the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio a year ago making it a lot closer for us and more enjoyable for the vendors and visitors. The show schedule is Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.odcca.net for more details.
Meanwhile, there are still a lot of things that can be done to make the month of March fly by. There are still things to hunt and crows and coyotes can be fun to chase. Both take a little investment in equipment to get started but there are plenty of both around and they can be both challenging and rewarding. The ice is also still thick enough in many places that ice fishing can be very enjoyable especially with warmer temperatures.
Finally, as the lakes and waters start to open up, the bird spring migration can be fun to watch. Early spring is when their plumage is the best. Believe it or not, I saw my first vulture already during this past weekend’s warm up. I was shocked to see one so early and he may regret his early arrival but he sure was enjoying the road kill deer carcass when the boys and I saw him.
Until next time, Good Hunting and Good Fishing!