Early Ohio hunting seasons kick off Sept. 1

Columbus – The Ohio Wildlife Council has approved the state’s
early migratory bird hunting seasons for this fall with Sept. 1
kicking off the state’s hunting seasons with the opening of dove,
Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe, according to the DNR
Division of Wildlife.

Ohio’s dove hunting season runs Sept. 1 through Oct. 24 and Dec.
6-21, with a daily limit of 15 birds and a possession limit of 30
birds.

Dove populations in the state are good, said Dave Scott,
wildlife management administrator for the Division of Wildlife.

“We continue to see a long-term stable trend (in population),”
Scott told the Ohio Wildlife Council on July 14.

Controlled dove hunts will be offered at Fallsville, Rush Run,
Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott state wildlife areas. These
controlled hunts will take place Wednesday, Sept. 1 and Thursday,
Sept. 2; hunting hours will be noon to sunset. Controlled dove
hunts will also be offered at St. Marys Fish Hatchery on Sept. 1,
4, 7, 11, 14 and 18. Youth will be given priority on Sept. 1, 4 and
7.

Opening day drawings for all of these hunts will take place at
noon, Saturday, Aug. 28, at the respective public area
headquarters. Drawings for the other hunts will be held the day of
the hunt at noon. Maps and details are available at wildohio.com.
Questions about any of these hunts should be directed to the
Division of Wildlife’s Southwest District office at (937)
372-9261.

Canada geese may be hunted statewide Sept. 1-15, during the
special early season, with a daily limit of four birds and
possession limit of eight birds after the first day. The Mercer
Goose Zone will not be open during the early Canada goose
season.

Ohio realized a three percent increase this year in its resident
breeding goose population, said Scott. That is slightly above the
increase seen last year, he said.

The early teal hunting season will open Sept. 4 and end Sept.
19, with a daily bag limit of four birds and possession limit of
eight after the first day.

Waterfowl hunters must have a valid hunting license in addition
to a state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp
and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. Anyone who
intends to hunt migratory game birds must obtain a new HIP
certification each year.

Sora rails, Virginia rails, and moorhens can be hunted Sept. 1
through Nov. 9, with a daily limit of 25 rails and 15 moorhens.
Hunting season for snipe will be Sept. 1 through Nov. 28 and Dec.
6-23, with a daily bag limit of eight. The woodcock hunting season
is open Oct. 9 through Nov. 22, with a daily bag limit of three
birds and a possession limit of six birds.

Hunting hours during the seasons for rails, moorhens, snipe,
woodcock, teal, doves and Canada geese are sunrise to sunset. The
only exceptions will be on wildlife areas that have specially
posted hunting times for doves.

The 2010-11 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and the 2010
Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure can be found online at
wildohio.com. The 2010 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure
will be available by late August at license outlets, Division of
Wildlife district offices, or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

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