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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters wanting to participate in Ohio's 2013-2014 controlled deer and waterfowl hunts have until July 31 to submit
permit applications for a random drawing, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). These special hunts are
held on selected public areas to provide additional hunting opportunities for Ohio’s hunting enthusiasts.

All applicants, youth and adult, must possess a 2013-2014 hunting license and meet the age requirements in order to apply for a
controlled hunt.

Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online using the Wild Ohio Customer Center at
wildohio.com or by calling 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 U.S. mail and email. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Wild Ohio Customer Center at wildohio.com to view the
status of their application and, if selected, print their controlled hunt permit.

More specific information about hunt dates and locations, including opportunities dedicated to youth, women and mobility-impaired
hunters, can be found at wildohio.com.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at
ohiodnr.gov.
Ohio Wildlife Council Approves
Early Migratory Game Bird
Hunting Seasons


COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Wildlife Council approved the state's 2013-2014 early migratory game bird hunting seasons at its
scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 17, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Sept. 1 kicks off the state’
s bird hunting seasons for mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe.

New this year, bag limits for Canada geese and teal have increased, and possession limits after the second day of hunting have
increased for all migratory game bird species.

Ohio's dove season is Sept. 1-Oct. 21 and Dec. 15-Jan. 2, 2014, with a daily limit of 15 birds and a possession limit of 45 birds after the
second day.

Controlled dove hunts will be offered at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott state wildlife areas. Bott Wildlife Area
will hold its drawings at the Indian Creek Headquarters. These controlled hunts will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1, and Monday, Sept. 2;
hunting hours will be noon to sunset. Controlled dove hunts will also be offered at St. Marys Fish Hatchery on Sept. 1-2, 7, 14 and 21.
Youths 17-years-old and younger will be given priority on Sept. 1-2.

Opening day drawings for all of these hunts will take place at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the respective public area headquarters.
Drawings for the other hunts will be held the day of the hunt at noon. Maps and details are available at wildohio.com. Questions about
these hunts should be directed to the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District Five office at 937-372-9261.

Canada geese may be hunted statewide Sept. 1-15 during the special early season, with a daily limit of five birds and possession limit of
15 birds after the second day. The Mercer Canada Goose Zone will be open during the early Canada goose season.

The early teal hunting season is Sept. 7-22 with a daily bag limit of six birds and possession limit of 18 after the second day.

Sora rails, Virginia rails and moorhens can be hunted Sept.1-Nov. 9 with a daily limit of 25 rails and 15 moorhens. Hunting season for
snipe is Sept. 1-Nov. 25 and Dec. 15-Jan. 4, 2014, with a daily bag limit of eight. The woodcock hunting season is Oct. 12-Nov. 25 with
a daily bag limit of three.

Waterfowl hunters must have a valid hunting license in addition to a state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp
and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. Hunters must obtain a new HIP certification each year. Licenses, permits and
stamps are available online at the Wild Ohio Customer Center. Federal duck stamps are available at duckstamp.com.

A state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement and a federal duck stamp are not required to hunt doves, rails, moorhens, snipe and
woodcock. Only nontoxic shot may be used to hunt waterfowl, rails, moorhens and snipe.

Hunting hours are sunrise to sunset. The only exceptions will be on wildlife areas that have specially posted hunting times for doves.

The 2013-14 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and the 2013 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure can be found
online at wildohio.com. The 2013 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure will be available by late August at license outlets,
ODNR Division of Wildlife district offices or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at
ohiodnr.gov.
For Immediate Release
Aug. 22, 20
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Ohio Wildlife Council Approves Waterfowl Hunting Season Dates  
Youth waterfowl hunting weekend is Oct. 5-6  

COLUMBUS, OH – The 2013-14 waterfowl hunting season dates were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council at its regularly scheduled
meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Changes for the upcoming waterfowl seasons include a decrease in the scaup bag limit to three, an increase in the canvasback bag limit to
two and the youth waterfowl season will now be Oct. 5-6 statewide. See the 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons for more waterfowl
hunting information, including zone maps.

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 season in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone is Oct. 12-27 and Nov. 9 - Dec. 22.
• Duck hunting season in the North Zone is Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 and Nov. 30 - Jan. 12, 2014.
• Duck hunting season in the South Zone is Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 and Dec. 14 - Jan. 26, 2014.

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, two 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 also divided into three zones for goose and brant hunting. The seasons are split in each zone during the following dates:

• Goose hunting in the Lake Erie Canada Goose Zone is Oct. 12-27 and Nov. 9 - Jan. 9, 2014.
• Goose hunting in the North Zone is Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 and Nov. 30 - Jan. 30, 2014.
• Goose hunting in the South Zone is Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 and Nov. 30 - Jan. 30, 2014.

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 first day.

Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have the opportunity to enjoy a statewide special youth waterfowl season Oct. 5-6. Bag limits
established during the regular season apply.

Licensed falconers can hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots statewide from Feb. 8 - March 4, 2014, and in the Lake Erie Marsh,
North and South Zones whenever they are open to duck hunting.

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.com. In addition, all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must possess a signed federal duck stamp, which can be purchased at
most post offices.

Copies of this season's waterfowl hunting regulations, which include maps of the zones, will be available at wildohio.com or available at all
license agent outlets by late September.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.
gov.