• Ohio Grants Support Farmers and Hunters Feeding Hungry

    COLUMBUS, OH-The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has collaborated with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) in an effort to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank.

    A $100,000 subsidy grant has been awarded to FHFH to help pay the processing fee on donated venison.  The grant money is being provided in two $50,000 allotments that are to be matched with funds generated or collected by FHFH. The Division is subsidizing this year’s FHFH operation as an additional deer management tool, helping wildlife managers encourage hunters to kill more does.

    “In establishing a dedicated fund, the division hopes to provide hunters with an option to donate excess venison to food banks throughout Ohio,” stated James Marshall, assistant chief of the Division of Wildlife.  “By providing hunters with an affordable outlet for donating extra venison, the division hopes to ultimately encourage hunters to kill more does.”

    Finding ways to kill more does will help wildlife managers keep Ohio’s deer population management plan on track. Deer hunters can again buy additional antlerless deer permits at reduced prices for the 2008-09 deer-hunting season. Cost of the antlerless deer permit remains at $15.

    FHFH began in Maryland in 1997 after founder Rick Wilson encountered a woman along a Virginia highway looking for help loading a road-killed deer into her car to feed her children. Inspired to give hunters the opportunity to help feed the hungry, Wilson formed a program that would raise money to pay the butchering bills for hunters that donate deer.

    Now over a decade old, FHFH has grown to include 120 local coordinators in 26 different states. Annual meat donation totals have topped 300,000 pounds-enough to provide meat for over 1.2 million meals-and are expected to increase even further in the coming years.

    “Our partnership with Ohio is an exciting opportunity to jump-start our work in the state. We’ve always had strong interest in Ohio with regard to the number of FHFH coordinators that have signed on to work with us. Now we have this financial support from the Division of Wildlife to help us build on that foundation,” said Josh Wilson, FHFH operations director.

    Anyone interested in becoming a local FHFH coordinator or a participating meat processor should visit the “Local FHFH” page at www.fhfh.org. The current list of coordinators along with their program names and the counties they are serving can be found there.

    Venison that is donated to food banks must be processed by a state inspected and insured meat processor that is participating with FHFH. Hunters wishing to donate their deer to a food bank are not required to pay for the processing of the venison as long as the program has funds available to cover the cost. The grant from the Division of Wildlife to FHFH is intended to help with the costs of venison processing.

  • Traditions .50 or .54 caliber Blackpowder Rifle

    Just in time for hunting season comes this State-of-the-Art Blackpowder Rifle from Bass ProShops:

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    The perfect choice for traditional sidelock muzzleloading is the Deerhunter from Traditions?. The Deerhunter won’t let you down when it’s time to make that shot. Black composite stock features a recoil-absorbing rubber buttpad, hooked breech for easy barrel removal, oversized trigger guards, sling swivels, adjustable hunting sights, and nearly indestructible PVC ramrod. Includes a dependable percussion lock with reliable V-style mainspring ignition. An ideal choice for the new or experienced shooter. 24″ nickel barrel with 1 in 48″ twist. Weight: 6 lbs; total length: 40″. Manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty. Imported. Traditions .50 or .54 Caliber Blackpowder Deerhunter Rifles feature: Choice of .50 or .54 caliber Black composite stock with rubber buttpad Hooked breech for easy barrel removal Oversized trigger guard Adjustable sights Sling swivels V-style mainspring ignition PVC ramrod 1 in 48” twist Limited lifetime warranty

  • Ohio Division of Wildlife Approves 2008-09 Waterfowl Dates

    COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters will again enjoy a 60-day duck hunting season and a six-duck bag limit this year. The 2008-2009 waterfowl hunting season dates have been approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council and are the most liberal regulations allowed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

    The waterfowl hunting seasons are set to open October 18 in both Ohio’s north and south zones. Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have the opportunity to enjoy a special statewide season October 4-5.

    The duck-hunting season in the North Zone is October 18 through December 7, with a second season open December 20 through December 28. In the South Zone, duck season is open October 18 through November 2, with a second season opening December 6 and running through January 18, 2009.

    The daily bag limit for ducks is six, which may not include more than four mallards (no more than one may be female), one black duck, one pintail, three wood ducks, two redheads, and three mottled ducks. Due to continuing low breeding populations of lesser scaup, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has offered a mixed scaup bag limit with 40 days of a one-bird limit and 20 days of a two-bird limit.

    As a result, Ohio hunters can take one scaup ( North Zone from October 18 – November 17 and December 20 – December 28; South Zone from October 18 – November 2 and December 26 – January 18), or two scaup (North Zone from November 18 – December 7; South Zone from December 6 – December 25). Possession limits after the first day are twice the daily bag limit. Hunting season for canvasbacks will be closed.

    The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, of which only two may be hooded. The daily bag limit for coots is 15. Possession limits after the first day are twice the daily bag limit.

    In the Lake Erie Canada Goose Zone, the goose season is October 18 through November 30 with a second season opening December 3 and running through December 28. The goose season for the remainder of the North Zone is October 18 through November 30, with a second season December 17 through January 11, 2009. In the South Zone, goose season is October 18 through November 5 with a second season December 6 through January 25, 2009.

    The daily bag limit for Canada geese is two. Light geese (snows, blues, Ross’) have a daily bag limit of 10, and white-fronted geese and brant have a daily bag limit of two. The possession limit for brant and geese is twice the daily bag limit after the first day. The Late Canada Goose Season will not be offered this year.

    People planning to hunt waterfowl are required to answer several questions for the Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey when purchasing their hunting licenses. A state wetland habitat stamp endorsement and a valid and signed federal duck stamp are required when hunting waterfowl, in addition to an Ohio hunting license. The 2008-2009 hunting licenses and wetland stamps are on sale now and remain valid through February 28, 2009.

    Copies of this season’s waterfowl hunting regulations, which include maps of the zones (Publication 295, Waterfowl Hunting Regulations), will be available in mid-September to hunters at all license vendors, online at wildohio.com and at Division of Wildlife district offices in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay and Xenia, or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

    Open houses will be held on Saturday, September 13 from noon to 3:00 pm in each of the state’s five wildlife district offices to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fish and wildlife regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the open houses can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or visiting wildohio.com on the Internet.

    Topics for the Open Houses are proposed rule changes to the Ohio Administrative Code, and include:

    • The prohibition of possessing or propagating wild boar.
    • Establishing a minimum fence height for captive white-tailed deer, and requiring mandatory tissue testing of captive deer 12 months of age or older that die or are killed on a permit holder’s premise.
    • Giving the ODNR Division of Wildlife authority to enforce the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact agreement. States participating in the agreement share information about fish and game violators and honor each other’s decision to deny licenses and permits. For example, if an Ohioan is convicted of a wildlife violation in a participating compact state, the individual’s right to hunt and fish also can be suspended or revoked back home, providing a similar action would have resulted had the violation occurred here in Ohio.
    • Fishing regulations regarding blue catfish bag limits, stream smallmouth bass length limits, and striped bass regulations.

    A statewide hearing on all the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, September 25 at the Division of Wildlife’s District One Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus.

  • Ohio Hunting Season is Almost Here

    COLUMBUS, OH – September 1 marks the opening day of the fall hunting season, with Ohio hunters taking to forests, fields and waters in pursuit of some of the state’s most popular game, including squirrel, mourning dove and Canada goose.

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife predicts hunting for doves and Canada geese will be excellent this year. Squirrel hunting should be good. Hunters should still see good numbers of gray squirrels. They should be most abundant in the forested hills of eastern and southern Ohio. The outlook for fox squirrels is expected to be above average, with small woodlots adjacent to crop fields and trees near rivers and streams the best locales.

    Rail, moorhen and snipe seasons also open on September 1. Teal season opens on September 6 and runs through September 21.

    Hunting is one of the state’s best recreational bargains, with a one-year license for Ohio residents costing just $19. Those hunting waterfowl must also purchase a federal Duck Stamp, along with an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, at a cost of $15 each. Federal Duck Stamps are available at many post offices. Ohio licenses and permits can be purchased from license vendors in the state, or online at wildohio.com.

    Detailed information on these and other upcoming hunting seasons can be found in the 2008-09 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where hunting licenses are sold, online at wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

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    Doves: Sept. 1 through Oct. 22
    Early Canada geese: Sept. 1 through Sept. 15
    Squirrel: Sept. 1 through Jan. 31
    Early Teal: Sept. 6 through Sept. 21
    Rails, moorhens: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9
    Snipe: Sept. 1 through Nov. 30
    White-tailed Deer – Archery: Sept. 27 through Feb. 1
    Wild Turkey: Oct. 11 through Nov. 30
    Ruffed Grouse: Oct. 11 through Feb. 28
    Woodcock: Oct. 11 through Nov. 24
    White-tailed Deer – Early Muzzleloader: Oct. 20 through Oct. 25
    Small Game – Youth: Oct. 25-26
    Small Game – Youth: Nov. 1-2
    Cottontail Rabbit: Nov. 7 through Feb. 28
    Ring-neck Pheasant: Nov. 7 through Jan. 11
    Bobwhite Quail: Nov. 7 through Nov. 30
    Fox, Raccoon: Nov. 10 through Jan. 31
    White-tailed Deer – Youth Gun: Nov. 22-23
    White-tailed Deer – Gun: Dec. 1 through Dec. 7
    White-tailed Deer – Gun: Dec. 20-21
    Snipe: Dec. 8 through Dec. 23
    Doves: Dec. 8 through Dec. 26.
    White-tailed Deer – Statewide Muzzleloader: Dec. 27 through Dec. 30
    Crow: Friday-Sunday only, through March 15
    Wild Turkey – Youth: April 18-19
    Wild Turkey: April 20 through May 17, 2009
    Coyote, Wild Boar: No closed season

    Free Knife with $50 purchase

    PA To follow.

  • Ohio Squirrel Season Starts Sept. 1

    COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio’s squirrel season will open on September 1, providing hunters with an opportunity to take as many as six squirrels each day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

    A long-time tradition for many hunters, Ohio’s squirrel season will offer ample hunting opportunities for fox and gray squirrels across the state. It is a great time to get out in the woods and scout for the upcoming deer and fall wild turkey hunting seasons or take a youth hunting. Legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily.

    The season closes January 31. Squirrel season will be closed during the one-week statewide deer gun season that begins December 1 and runs through December 7, deer gun weekend, December 20 and 21, and on the following areas during the Early Muzzleloader Deer Season, October 20-25: Salt Fork State Wildlife Area, Shawnee State Forest, and Wildcat Hollow.

    The abundance of nut crops is a good indicator of squirrel numbers the following year. Squirrels have higher survival and reproduction after years with an ample supply of acorns and hickory nuts. Statewide nut production ratings for fall 2007 were again above average and the squirrel hunting outlook for the 2008-09 season is good.

    Hunters who wish to participate in the new squirrel hunting diary program, designed to track trends in nut crops and squirrel populations across the Buckeye State, should contact the Waterloo Wildlife Research Station 360 East State St., Athens OH 45701, for more information.

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