• Free Ohio Fall and Winter Event Calendar

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    Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Tourism Division today unveiled the 2009-10 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events, a resource for those starting to plan a fall or winter getaway. With more than 850 listings, the 68-page, full-color Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events provides Ohio travelers with dates, descriptions and contact information for fun and engaging festivals and events found throughout Ohio from September 2009, through February 2010.

    The calendar can be ordered free of charge online or by calling 1-800-BUCKEYE, Ohio’s toll-free tourism hotline. Online visitors can also download a PDF version of the calendar.

    “Fall and Winter in Ohio are truly seasons for the senses. Enjoy the smell of apple butter being made at a harvest festival; a kaleidoscope of sun-kissed autumn colors on a fall foliage tour; the dazzling sparkle of holiday light displays and a bounty of other exciting events awaiting visitors during crisp Ohio days,” State Tourism Director Amir Eylon said. “We invite you to participate in traditions of the past while creating your own holiday traditions of the future from eating a pumpkin burger at the Circleville Pumpkin Show to listening to the dulcet tones of the Cleveland Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah.”

    The semi-annual Ohio Calendar of Events, in tandem with the continuously updated event listings on DiscoverOhio.com, offers travelers a valuable travel planning resource including:

    * Indispensable listings of more than 850 events, festivals, shows, concerts and more taking place between September 2009 and February 2010. All listings are color-coded by geographic area and listed in chronological order for ease of use;
    * Travel information section including driving distances, airport information, important travel phone numbers and Web sites;
    * Schedule of 2009 County and Independent Fall Fairs;
    * And, a listing of Ohio visitor bureaus/chambers of commerce that provide travel information.

    Free Ohio Travel Planners and Ohio Calendars of Events can be ordered anytime day or night from DiscoverOhio.com or 1-800-BUCKEYE. Trained travel counselors are available to assist callers from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.

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  • Boat Safety For Waterfowl Hunters

    Duck hunters hunting from a boat in Pennsylvania are urged to wear a properly-fitted personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water, advised John Dunn, Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Bird Section supervisor.

    According to the U.S. Coast Guard, every year several hunters die from drowning and hypothermia. Many waterfowlers do not consider themselves boaters, Dunn said, so they often look past the preventive measures.

    “Many hunters have a mindset that life jackets are uncomfortable and too bulky, therefore they get in the way,” Dunn said. “But today’s life jackets are comfortable. In fact, the Coast Guard approved manual inflatable life jackets offer great freedom of movement. Float coats are another good alternative. Available in hunting colors and patterns, they double as both outerwear and a flotation device.”

    Trouble often can start before the boat even leaves the shore, Dunn mentioned, because the watercraft’s weight capacity is exceeded. To avoid overloading, hunters should check the hull for the capacity plate to gauge how much gear and/or how many people can be carried safely.

    “When you have a crew of hunters, with decoys and equipment, and dogs, a boat can easily become unbalanced, especially if the wind comes up,” Dunn said, “Not only is it unsafe to overload a boat, exceeding the limits posted on the capacity plate is also illegal.

    “Sudden immersion into cold water is one of the leading causes of boating fatalities in the Commonwealth. It places a severe strain on bodily systems that can lead to hypothermia or, worse, cardiac arrest. Survivors of cold-water accidents have reported their breath driven from them on contact with the water.”

    Anyone falling into cold water should immediately ensure that their and any companions’ PFDs are intact, and work to find a way to exit the water or right the watercraft. Cover your mouth and nose – if possible – to prevent inhaling water.

    If you can’t get out of the water immediately and the shore is too far, raise your knees and wrap your arms across your chest to help reduce heat loss through the body’s core.

    “Most important,” Dunn suggests, “get into the routine of making the life jacket part of your hunting equipment, and wear it.”

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  • 2009-2010 PA Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits

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    HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the agency has made its selections for the 2009-10 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits.

    Annual waterfowl seasons are selected by states from a framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, waterfowl survey data, and input gathered from waterfowl hunters and the public. Final approval from the USFWS is expected by late September.


    Roe also noted that the Game Commission again has posted the waterfowl season brochure and maps on its website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). The agency currently is mass-producing brochures to be distributed to U.S. Post Offices within the next two weeks.

    “Many hunters already have purchased their hunting licenses and federal waterfowl stamps in anticipation of the season,” Roe said. “For their convenience, in addition to being able to pick up the waterfowl brochure and maps at post offices and license issuing agents, hunters can obtain this important information from the Game Commission’s website.”

    John Dunn, Game Commission Game Bird Section supervisor, said generally good breeding conditions for waterfowl in eastern Canada and improved water levels in the prairies of the northcentral United States and Canada will result in increased fall flights of ducks this fall.  As a result, Pennsylvania again will have a 60-day duck season.

    “There is good news for diving duck hunters in Pennsylvania this year,” Dunn said. “The breeding populations of canvasbacks increased by 38 percent, to 662,000 birds, and scaup numbers have increased to above four million for the first time this decade.  Therefore, duck hunters will see liberalizations from 2008 that will allow for one canvasback and two scaup daily bag limits throughout the 60-day duck season.”

    Dunn noted that, while most duck populations benefitted from improved nesting conditions this year, most goose populations experienced poor production, because of a record late snow melt across northern Canada.

    “These poor nesting conditions resulted in reduced nesting effort and poor gosling production for the Atlantic and Southern James Bay populations of Canada geese, which are important to Pennsylvania goose hunters,” Dunn said. “Pennsylvania’s resident Canada goose population, which nests in more temperate conditions than sub-arctic nesting geese, has been stable and has enabled us to again offer liberal hunting regulations for this coming year.

    “In contrast to other eastern Arctic nesting goose species, snow goose breeding populations reached an all-time high of 1.4 million birds and, with higher-than-normal nest densities and good nest success, should result in a record fall flight of snow geese. To help reduce this overabundant population, Pennsylvania will again offer liberal seasons and bag limits, including expanded dates during the Snow Goose Conservation Season, first implemented in 2009.”

    Specifics about the Snow Goose Conservation Season in 2010 will be published later this year.

    Once again, young hunters will be provided with a special day of waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Youth Waterfowl Day will be open to those 12-15 years of age. To participate, a youngster must hold a junior hunting license and migratory game bird license, and be accompanied by an adult, who may assist the youth in calling, duck identification and other aspects of the hunt. During this special day-long hunt, youth can harvest ducks, mergansers, coots and moorhens, as well as Canada geese, depending upon the zones that they are hunting in. Youth Waterfowl Day bag limits for ducks, mergansers and coots will be consistent with the limit for the regular season.

    Also, this agency again will hold a special youth-only waterfowl hunting day at the controlled hunting blinds at both Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area. The youth day for Middle Creek is Nov. 21, for Pymatuning, Nov. 28. A special drawing of applications submitted by junior license holders will be held immediately before the regular drawing for goose blinds. Interested youth should use the same application on page 26 of the 2009-10 Digest. Only one application will be accepted per junior hunter.

    In addition to a regular Pennsylvania hunting license, persons 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird and Conservation Stamp, commonly referred to as a “Duck Stamp,” signed in ink across its face. All waterfowl hunters, regardless of age, must have a Pennsylvania Migratory Game Bird License to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds, including doves, woodcock, coots, moorhens, rails and snipe. All migratory game bird hunters in the United States are required to complete a Harvest Information Program survey when they purchase a state migratory game bird license. The survey information is then forwarded to the USFWS.

    “By answering the questions on the survey card, hunters will improve survey efficiency and the quality of information used to track the harvest of migratory birds for management purposes,” Dunn said.

    Hunters must use non-toxic shot while hunting ducks, geese or coots in Pennsylvania. The use of decoys powered or operated by batteries or any other source of electricity is unlawful in Pennsylvania. Also, the use of any sort of artificial substance or product as bait or an attractant is prohibited.

    Dunn noted that, although hunting hours have been extended to one-half hour after sunset for big game (except spring gobbler), as well as small game and furbearers, federal regulations prevail for waterfowl and migratory game birds, so shooting hours for these species will continue to close at sunset. The only exception to this is during the early September Canada goose season and the Snow Goose Conservation Season, in which the USFWS has permitted states to extend the hunting hours to one-half hour after sunset; and the first part of the dove season (Sept. 1-26), when hunting hours are from noon through sunset.

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  • PA Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits 2009-2010

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    Updated:2010-2011 Bag Limits And Seasons: Updated

    PA Announced the Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and bag Limits Today:


    Lake Erie Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 26-Jan. 2.

    North Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 10-24 and Nov. 17-Jan. 9.

    Northwest Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 10-Nov. 28 and Dec. 14-Jan. 1.

    South Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 10-17 and Nov. 16-Jan. 15.

    Total Duck Bag Limits: 6 daily, 12 in possession of any species, except for the following restrictions: daily limit may not include more than 4 mallards, including 2 hen mallards; 1 black duck; 1 pintail; 1 mottled duck; 1 fulvous tree duck; 3 wood ducks; 2 redheads; 1 canvasback; 4 scoters; and 2 scaup. Possession limit may not include more than 8 mallards, including 4 hens; 2 black ducks; 2 pintails; 2 mottled ducks; 2 fulvous tree ducks; 6 wood ducks; 4 redheads; 2 canvasback; 8 scoters; and 4 scaup.

    Mergansers: 5 daily, 10 in possession (not more than 2 hooded mergansers daily, 4 hooded in possession).

    Coots: 15 daily, 30 in possession.

    REGULAR CANADA GOOSE SEASON & BAG LIMITS (including WHITE-FRONTED GEESE): All of Pennsylvania will have a regular Canada goose season, however, season lengths and bag limits will vary by area as follows:

    Resident Canada Goose Zone (RP)

    All of Pennsylvania except for the Southern James Bay Population and the Atlantic Population zone. The season is Oct. 24-31, Nov. 16-28, Dec.11-Feb. 19, with a five goose daily bag limit.

    Southern James Bay Population Zone (SJBP)

    The area north of I-80 and west of I-79 including in the city of Erie west of Bay Front Parkway to and including the Lake Erie Duck zone (Lake Erie, Presque Isle and the area within 150 yards of Lake Erie Shoreline). The season is Oct. 26-Nov. 28, Dec. 14-Jan. 28, with a three goose daily limit.

    Atlantic Population Zone (AP)

    The area east of route SR 97 from Maryland State Line to the intersection of SR 194, east of SR 194 to intersection of US Route 30, south of US Route 30 to SR 441, east of SR 441 to SR 743, east of SR 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-81 to intersection of I-80, south of I-80 to New Jersey state line. The season is Nov. 16-28 and Dec. 19-Jan. 26, with a three goose daily limit. Exception: The controlled hunting areas at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon-Lancaster counties, as well as all of State Game Land 46 (Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area), has a daily bag limit of one, and possession limit of two during the regular Canada goose season.

    ATLANTIC BRANT (All Zones): Oct. 10-Nov. 14 and Dec. 10-31, 2 daily, 4 in possession.

    SNOW GEESE (All Zones):
    Regular Season: Nov. 6-Feb. 19, 15 daily, no possession limit.
    Conservation Season: Feb. 20-April 3, 15 daily, no possession limit. To participate, hunters also will need to obtain free conservation hunt permit and file a mandatory report of harvest/participation. Specifics will be announced later this year.


    Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area: shooting days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, one-half hour before sunrise to 12:30 p.m. Ducks: Oct. 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31; Nov. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 28; and Dec. 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30. Geese: Oct. 26, 28, 30 and 31; Nov. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 28; Dec. 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30; and Jan. 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 27. Youth-only day: Nov. 28.

    Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area: shooting days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1:30 p.m. Geese and ducks: Nov. 17, 19, 21 (youth-only day), 24, 26 and 28; and Dec. 19, 22, 24, 26, 29 and 31; Jan. 2, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14. Geese only: Jan. 16, 19, 21, 23 and 26.

    YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAY (Statewide): Saturday, Sept. 19. Open to licensed junior hunters ages 12-15, when properly accompanied, for ducks, mergansers, moorhens and coots, and Canada goose as permitted. Same daily bag limits as regular season.

    YOUTH-ONLY DAY AT CONTROLLED HUNTING AREAS: Middle Creek is Nov. 21, and Pymatuning is Nov. 28.

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  • Winchester Dove and Quail Loads- Get Them While They’re Hot!

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    A Bass Pro Exclusive! For hot dove fields with lots of fast shooting action, this is your shotshell. Featuring a heavier shot load that can still offer velocities of 1250 FPS and plenty of knockdown power, these shotshells are the perfect balance of performance and value so you can shoot in high volumes without breaking the bank. Great on fast-flushing quail too. For maximum performance in the field or woods, you can depend on the performance of Winchester Texas Heavy Dove and Quail Load Shotshells. 25 rounds per box.

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