Important dates coming in early March for Ohio outdoors types

Columbus — There are some very important dates to remember coming up in early March.

In Ohio, a new license year begins on March 1. That means new hunting and fishing licenses are required as of that date. Deer and fall turkey tags will be available in June.

Also, the Division of Wildlife’s annual Open House sessions are planned from noon to 3 p.m. March 3 at four district offices with the addition of the Greene County Fish and Game Club for those attending in southwest Ohio.

The Division of Wildlife takes comments from these sessions into consideration when setting season and bag limits. The Ohio Wildlife Council, an eight-member board that considers all Division of Wildlife proposals, will vote on the new seasons and dates at its meeting on April 11 in Columbus.

On March 10 in Kidron, Ohio, the Ohio State Trappers Association will hold its annual fur auction. The auction, for the second year, is planned for the Sprunger building in Kidron. In order to get a lot number for the sale, contact Brian Sprague at 419-305-4869 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. up until a day before the sale. Walk-ins are also welcome, according to the OSTA. The sale starts at 9 a.m. on March 10.

For ginseng diggers, March 31 is an ultra-important date. Uncertified ginseng root may not be possessed in Ohio after that date without a weight receipt. In Ohio, the harvest season for ginseng runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 each year. All harvested ginseng must be certified by the ODNR Division of Wildlife prior to export from the state to verify its weight and legal origin. Federal law requires that all state lots of ginseng be separated and totaled by the year. Because of this necessity, all uncertified ginseng must be weighed and accounted for each year. For more information or to make an appointment, visit wildohio.gov.

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