Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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OH: No duck hunt draws at Magee Marsh this year

Construction puts program on hold

 

Oak Harbor, Ohio – No notes from a well-tuned duck call likely
will ring over fabled Magee Marsh during this fall’s general
waterfowl-hunting season.

That’s because the DNR Division of Wildlife is working to
rebuild the famed duck-hunting location’s wetlands.

The news comes as the wildlife division announces that online
applications for controlled waterfowl and deer hunting will begin
to be accepted starting June 1. These applications will be accepted
through July 31.

More than 4,000 Ohioans and nonresidents annually apply for the
opportunity to hunt one of Magee Marsh’s assigned blind
locations.

Hunting at Magee is about as close as an Ohio hunter can get to
working waterfowl outside of being a member of an exclusive
duck-hunting club.

Located near Oak Harbor and Port Clinton, Magee Marsh has long
been associated with top-notch wingshooting.

“We are doing a couple of different projects, including
rebuilding our east marsh and our supply channel dike,” said
Patrick Baranowski, Magee Marsh’s area manager. “I could not
guarantee that we’d have the project ready in time for the
lottery-style hunt. I’d hate to have people apply when I can’t
offer the opportunity but we’ll be back in 2012.”

Baranowski did say that if conditions are favorable, the marsh
will still host an early teal season hunt. A drawing is scheduled
for Aug. 20 at the marsh’s headquarters and is held in conjunction
with the annual Lake Erie Waterfowlers Festival.

A late-season hunt for the marsh proper may be offered, too,
depending upon marsh conditions, Baranowski said.

“My hope is that we can get the marsh dry enough so we can get
the job done early so we can do a daily only draw where people can
put their name in a hopper,” he said.

If such hunts are done, they’ll be held Mondays, Wednesdays,
Fridays and Saturdays and until noon, daily.

“We’ve done that each year after Thanksgiving but we never could
guarantee conditions,” Baranowski said. “Hunters also will have to
provide their own boats with a no-wake policy.”

For more specific information regarding the potential of day-of
waterfowl hunts, contact Baranowski at 419-898-0960, ext. 30.

Other popular waterfowl hunting locations are still available
for the lottery-style drawing. Among them are Ottawa National
Wildlife Refuge (Lucas County), Mosquito Creek (Trumbull County)
and Mercer (Mercer County) state wildlife areas.

Special deer hunts are also slated for the Ottawa National
Wildlife Refuge (Lucas County), NASA/Plumbrook Station (Erie
County), Ravenna Training & Logistics Site (Portage County), as
well as Mosquito Creek (Trumbull County), Killdeer Plains (Wyandot
County) and Old Woman Creek (Erie County) state wildlife areas.

Changes & Highlights For 2011-2012:

• All applicants, adult and youth, must hold a current hunting
license. The new license system will detect whether or not the
applicant meets this prerequisite. The DOW believes this change
will better identify applicants who truly intend to participate in
the event should they be drawn for a permit.

• Online applicants will notice that the lottery application and
license purchasing processes are identical. Applicants can purchase
licenses and lottery applications in the same transaction. This
might confuse some customers in the early going. n The application
fee is $3 per hunt regardless of method (online versus
mail-in).

• Customers who do not wish to apply online must obtain an
official application form by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

• Application forms are not available on the DOW website
(downloadable PDF file), and will not be distributed to DOW
offices, license outlets, government offices, libraries, or any
other business entity.

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