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Al Smith - Guest Columnist

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Duck blind lotteries are slated Saturday (Aug. 20) at a pair of Limaland state parks and one wildlife area. The state parks include Indian Lake and Lake Loramie while the other drawing will be held at the Mercer Wildlife area.

Applications will begin being accepted at 7:30 a.m.with the drawing slated for 8 a.m. at Indian Lake for 25 blinds, At Lake Loramie for 19 blinds available while applications will begin being accepted any 8 a.m. for the 8:30 a.m. drawing. The drawing for 73 blinds at Mercer Wildlife Area will open for applications at 7:15 a.m. with the drawing at 8 a.m.

Applicants must appear at each site and should have proof of a 2016 Ohio hunting license, state wetlands stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2016 federal duck stamp. Youths (under 18) also must provide the required license and stamps. They also are required to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract,

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit, and no one can apply or draw for another person. There is a $50 non-refundable permit fee for the state park lottery winners. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2017.

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A special lottery drawing to hunt Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC) land in Logan County will be held will Aug. 30 for special deer hunt opportunities at the West Mansfield Conservation Club, located at 700 South Main St., In West Mansfield. Registration begins at 5 p.m.

Hunters must be at least 18 years old and have to appear in person and present a valid 2016-2017 Ohio hunting license and deer permit to participate in the drawing. Approximately 50 hunters and partners will be drawn for the hunting dates that are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays.

Hunters must follow all rules and regulations that apply to the Ohio’s deer-archery hunting season, as well as rules that are assigned to this special controlled deer hunt. Prior to their hunting dates, hunters also must attend a mandatory orientation. That orientation will be announced after the drawing.

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If you have never field dressed a deer before and want to learn how from trained professionals, you can attend a free informational workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Wildlife District One office in Columbus.

In addition to field dressing, skinning and butchering deer also will be part of this hands-on event, which takes place outdoors.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register by calling Karen Norris at 614-902-4197, or email [email protected]

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Deadline for registering for the 17th annual women in the outdoors event, sponsored by the Ohio state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), is Sept. 5. The three-day event takes place in Carroll County from Sept. 9-11.

Space is limited for the event, which is designed for women 14 and older who would like to gain in-the-field skills. Among the topics covered are: camping, fishing, botany, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, archery, shooting sports, etc.

For more information, contact Amy Butterfield at 614-327-1041 or email [email protected] or Shawn Dickey at 216-848=0245 or email [email protected]

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A pair of Limaland foresters with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) were honored recently.

John Mueller was recognized by the Ohio Forestry Association (OFA) as the Outstanding Individual in Government Service for the state while Stephen McGinnis, a service forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), was selected as the Forest Conservationist of the Year by the League of Ohio Sportsmen.

Mueller serves Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams counties while McGinnis serves Champaign, Crawford, Delaware, Logan, Marion and Union counties. There are 18 service foresters working for the ODNR Division of Forestry.

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Eric Bear, a wildlife officer who once served in Putnam County, has been promoted to a wildlife officer supervisor in Wildlife District Three. He is responsible for supervising wildlife officers assigned to the following counties: Ashland, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.

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Hard and digital copies of the 2016-2017 Ohio Hunting & Trapping Regulations Digest book now are available. Hard copies can be obtain wherever hunting licenses are sold. One can access a digital copy at or got to a direct link online at

Al Smith

Guest Columnist

Reach Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. He may be contacted at [email protected] or and you can follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Reach Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. He may be contacted at [email protected] or and you can follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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