Hunting opportunities could expand at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

If you hunt, or have ever hunted, at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, you need to pay attention to this announcement.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge complex, a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System located in northwestern Ohio, will host an open house to provide information about and receive public comment on a proposed updated hunting plan draft for the complex.

The open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14000 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, Ohio.

The proposed changes to the existing plan would expand controlled white-tailed deer hunts to Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge in Lucas County. This would include archery and youth gun hunts.

The draft proposal will change the five-day archery hunts from Monday – Friday to Saturday – Wednesday and reduce the number of deer allowed per hunter to one. The draft proposal also opens additional refuge property to waterfowl hunting and others to public hunting. A change also is proposed requiring that a refuge hunt brochure be printed that identifies the hunt areas and regulations.

Refuge staff will explain the proposed changes and answer questions about the proposal and related issues. To comment on the proposed changes, or to inquire further about this issue, contact Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449; call 419-898-0014, ext. 31; visit the Ottawa NWR website at www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa/; or send an email to eddy_pausch@fws.gov. Comments will be accepted through Sept. 25.

Categories: Bloggers on Hunting, Hunting News, Ohio – Mike Moore, Whitetail Deer

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