Ohio deer and waterfowl hunters have a little more than a month left to apply for the annual random drawings for special controlled hunts by the Ohio Division of Wildlife on select public areas.
The final filing date for applications is July 31, but don’t let it fall through the cracks of the busy summer season. I saw a recent reminder about the hunts and sat down at the laptop and applied online in just a few minutes for two of the deer hunts and three waterfowl hunts, a total of $15 in applications. Job done, and now I won’t regret putting it off till too late.
It is prudent to check into what is offered first before going to the online license site, and here is the Web address that you can copy and paste: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/controlled-hunting-and-trapping-events.
Once at this “Wildlife Home” site, click on the PDF that discusses in detail all the various hunt options and details. Note especially that if you are going to apply for the deer hunts at the federal NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, you are going to have to pay for your own FBI background check before you can hunt if drawn. It is a frustrating pain, to be sure, but it is the price we pay in the age in which we live. For me, I skip Plum Brook because of the extra expense and hassle.
After deciding which hunts are of interest, you can apply on-line at the Wild Ohio Customer Center at wildohio.gov. If working on-line is not your preference, you can call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) and requesting a mail-in application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt.
Hunters will be randomly drawn from submitted applications. Successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by mail and email. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Wild Ohio Customer Center to view the status of their application and, if selected, print their controlled hunt permit.