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Six ducks make up the daily bag

Columbus — Ohio’s waterfowl hunting zones were simplified for waterfowl hunters after the 2014-2015 season dates and bag limits were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The South Zone, North Zone, and Lake Erie Marsh Zone remain the same for waterfowl hunting, but the Lake Erie Goose Zone that previously covered much of northeast Ohio was removed. Also new this year, the canvasback daily bag limit was reduced to one.

Opening day for duck and goose hunting is Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone and Saturday, Oct. 25, in the North and South zones. See the 2014-2015 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons for more waterfowl hunting information, including zone maps.

Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have the opportunity to enjoy a statewide special youth waterfowl season Oct. 4-5. Bag limits established during the regular season apply. Ohio is divided into three zones for duck, coot, and merganser hunting. The seasons are split in each zone during the following dates:

• Duck hunting in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone is Oct. 18-Nov. 2 and Nov. 15-Dec. 28.
• Duck hunting in the North Zone is Oct. 25-Nov. 9 and Nov. 22-Jan. 4, 2015.
• Duck hunting in the South Zone is Oct. 25-Nov. 9 and Dec. 13-Jan. 25, 2015.

The daily bag limit for ducks is six, which may not include more than four mallards (no more than one may be female), three wood ducks, one black duck, two redheads, three scaup, one canvasback, two pintails, and one mottled duck. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, of which no more than two may be hooded mergansers. The daily bag limit for coots is 15. Possession limits after the second day are three times the daily bag limit.

Ohio is divided into three zones for goose and brant hunting. The seasons are split in each zone during following dates:

• Goose hunting in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone is Oct. 18-Nov. 2, Nov. 15-Dec. 28, and Jan. 14-   Jan. 31, 2015.
• Goose hunting in the North Zone is Oct. 25-Nov. 9, Nov. 22-Jan. 4, 2015, and Jan. 14-Jan. 31, 2015.
• Goose hunting in the South Zone is Oct. 25-Nov. 9 and Dec. 11-Jan. 31, 2015.

The daily bag limit for Canada geese is three. Light geese (snows, Ross’s, and blues) have a daily bag limit of 10, white-fronted geese have a daily bag limit of one, and brant have a daily bag limit of one. The possession limit for brant and geese is three times the daily bag limit after the second day.

Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification is required of all waterfowl hunters prior to hunting. Migratory game bird hunters must call (877) HIPOHIO (447-6446) and answer a few survey questions to complete the HIP certification requirement. Once the survey has been completed, hunters will be provided a certification number to write on their Ohio hunting license.

Waterfowl hunters age 18 and older must also purchase an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, available at any hunting license agent or wildohio.gov. In addition, all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must possess a signed federal duck stamp, which can be purchased at duckstamp .com, usps.com, and most post offices.

Copies of this season’s waterfowl hunting regulations, which include maps of the zones, are available at wildohio.gov or at all license agent outlets by late September.

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