A full field of controlled or draw-only hunts for deer and waterfowl are planned for the fall by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and at least some of the application deadlines are fast approaching.
Next Tuesday, July 31, is the deadline to apply for a series of waterfowl and deer hunt drawings at sites around the state. A rundown of the sites is available at www.wildohio.com, or by calling toll-free to 1-800-WILDLIFE.
Hard-copy or mail-in applications are $5 per hunt, but on-line applications are just $3 a hunt, using the Web address above.
A lottery for special archery deer hunts is planned for Goll Woods State Nature Preserve in Fulton County. This is a postcard mail-in application, which must be received by Sept. 13.
Five two-week archery hunt slots are planned between Nov. 12 and Jan. 27. Hunters may take two deer but the first one must be antlerless. To apply submit a postcard with name, address and daytime telephone number to: Goll Woods Deer Hunt, ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 26093 County Road F, Archbold, OH 43502. Only one postcard is allowed per hunter, and permits may not be transferred.
Successful applicants will be notified by mail and must attend a pre-hunt meeting Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at Goll Woods, which is four miles northwest of Archbold on Road F between State Rt. 66 and the Williams County line. The hunts are planned because of deer damage in the preserve and deer-motor vehicle accidents in the area.
A mail-in drawing for waterfowl hunting at Pickerel Creek State Wildlife Area in Sandusky County must be postmarked by Sept. 17.
The hunts are planned for opening morning of the waterfowl season and morning and afternoon of the second day. The afternoon of the opener will be reserved for youth hunters 17 and under.
To apply send a postcard with name, address and telephone number to Wildlife District 2, 952-A Lima Ave., Findlay, OH 45840. Mark the top of the postcard with "Pickerel Creek/Waterfowl Adult" or "Waterfowl Youth," as appropriate. For questions call District 2, 419-424-5000 or Pickerel Creek, 419-547-6007.
Another drawing is set for early teal hunts at Pickerel Creek for the opening morning-adult and opening afternoon-youth, and second day morning and afternoon. For this early September hunt the postcard application postmark deadline is Aug. 10.
Send the card with name, address and phone number to District 2, as above, with the top of the card marked "Pickerel Creek/Teal Adult" or "Teal Youth," as appropriate. Call District 2 or Pickerel Creek for details.
In Michigan, next Wednesday, Aug. 1, is the deadline for 2007 fall wild turkey hunting license applications. Hunters may apply at license outlets around the state or on-line at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Twelve units will be open for the season, Oct. 8 through Nov. 14, with 59,050 licenses available. Last fall 17,400 hunters took about 4,800 birds, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said.
The application fee is $4. Drawing results will be posted Aug. 27 on the Web site, after which leftover licenses will be sold beginning Sept. 10. For questions call the MDNR wildlife section at 517-373-1263.
A new public archery range has been opened at Ohio Wildlife District 2 headquarters, 952-A Lima Ave., Findlay. Hours of operations are sunrise to sunset, with only target points allowed. For details call District 2, 419-424-5000.
Bradley Jerman of Springboro, Ohio, recently was recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club for typical-antlered white-tailed deer for his 2004 southwest Ohio buck that scored 2011/8, ranking it as the 10th all-time typical buck for the species.
The buck had a 241/8-inch inside spread and was estimated to be about six years old. Jerman bagged it with a crossbow in Warren County. A typical buck has a symmetrical, balanced rack devoid of knobs, drop-times, palms or other unusual formations.
Russell Lamp, who collects stinging insects for use in vaccine manufacturing by the pharmaceutical industry, is offering free removal of nests of bald-faced hornets and in-ground nests of yellow jackets.
Lamp said that conditions this year a "just like the honeybees. The populations are down on these things, too."