FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2011
Division of Wildlife Provides Many Youth Hunting Opportunities
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio's youth hunters will have several opportunities to learn and sharpen their hunting skills this fall. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife offers many ways for families to hunt together and create lasting traditions in the state's outdoors.
WATERFOWL: Youngsters age 15 and under wanting to pursue waterfowl may do so, statewide, on Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2.
SMALL GAME: Hunters age 17 and younger may hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, October 22-23 and October 29-30. Quail also may be taken in 16 designated open counties.
Pheasant releases for young hunters will occur prior to these dates on the following state wildlife areas: Resthaven, Oxbow, Berlin, Killdeer Plains, Camp Belden, Grand River, Spencer, Wellington, Delaware, Dillon, Caesar Creek, Rush Run, Fallsville, Tiffin River, and Darke, as well as Charlemont Metropark in Lorain County and Ring Neck Ridge in Sandusky County. A permit is required to hunt the Ring Neck Ridge area. The free permit can be obtained from the Sandusky County Park Office by calling 419.334.4495 or the Sandusky County Park District Office at 419.637.2900
WHITE-TAILED DEER: A youth deer-gun season will be open statewide, November 19-20. Hunters age 17 and younger who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult may take deer of either sex during this season in accordance with existing bag and deer-zone limits.
WILD TURKEY: It is not too early to begin planning for the spring youth wild turkey hunting season for 2012. A statewide spring youth wild turkey season will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. This hunt is open to youths age 17 and younger.
CONTROLLED HUNTS: The Division of Wildlife also offers several controlled hunts for young hunters throughout the season. Applications to participate in these hunts are accepted June 1 through July 31. Applications are available at the division's five district offices and on the division's web site, and may be completed by mail or online. There are controlled youth hunts for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and waterfowl.
To participate in the upcoming youth hunts, all young hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, and must abide by all regular hunting hours and bag limits. A valid 2011-12 youth hunting license, along with the appropriate permits, are required. For complete details on all of Ohio's youth hunting seasons, refer to 2011-2012 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet, call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543) or go online to wildohio.com.
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For more information, contact:
Karen Norris, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Central Ohio
614. 644. 3925
Scott Butterworth, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Northwest Ohio
419. 424. 5000
Jamey Graham, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Northeast Ohio
330. 644. 2293
Lindsay Linkhart, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Southeast Ohio
740. 589. 9930
Kathy Garza-Behr, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Southwest Ohio
937. 372. 9261