Month: August 2011

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Ohio State Park Boat Lottery Deadline Aug. 31st

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COLUMBUS, OH – Boat owners wishing to rent public boat docks at several popular Ohio State Park lakes have until Wednesday, August 31 to enter lottery drawings used to select renters for available docks. Application forms are now available through the individual park offices.

Lottery drawings will be held in September for boat docks at Alum Creek, Buck Creek, Buckeye Lake, Cleveland Lakefront, Deer Creek, Delaware, Lake Milton, Middle Bass Island, Paint Creek, Rocky Fork and West Branch state parks.

Completed forms may be submitted in person to the respective parks by Wednesday, August 31, or sent by certified mail/return receipt.  Only one application per boat is permitted, and must be submitted by the boat owner.  Lottery applicants must be able to show current proof of boat ownership or lease at the time of entry, and may be required to show a photo ID.  Boats titled to dealerships are not eligible.

The drawings are held on or before the third Saturday in September.  Applicants need not be present to win, and the winning lottery applicants will be notified by the park.  Persons selected by the lottery are entitled to renewal privileges for up to five years.  Renewals may be completed in person or on-line on the Ohio State Parks website,

Contact the individual park offices for specific details on allowable boat sizes, dock amenities, and dock rental fees, as well as other application procedures.

In addition to the parks conducting the September lotteries, several state parks have seasonal docks available for rent on a first-come first-served basis.  They include A.W. Marion and Buckeye Lake in central Ohio; East Harbor, Grand Lake St. Marys, Indian Lake, Kiser Lake, Lake Loramie, and Mary Jane Thurston in northwest Ohio; Geneva, Guilford Lake, Mosquito Lake, Punderson, and West Branch in northeast Ohio; Burr Oak, Dillon, Salt Fork, and Shawnee in southeast Ohio; and Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, and Hueston Woods in southwest Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at


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Ohio Duck Blind Lottery August 20th, 2011

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COLUMBUS, OH – More than 290 permits are available to hunters wishing to hunt ducks and geese from a blind at an Ohio State Park lake this waterfowl hunting season. A lottery drawing for the permits will be held at 17 state parks and two wildlife areas the morning of Saturday, August 20.

Interested applicants must appear in person at a participating state park office with proof of a 2011 Ohio hunting license, state wetlands stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name, and a signed 2011 or 2010 federal duck stamp. Applicants under the age of 18 are encouraged to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract, and must provide the required license and stamps.

Participating state parks include Portage Lakes and West Branch in northeast Ohio; East Harbor, Indian Lake and Lake Loramie in northwest Ohio; Adams Lake, Buck Creek, Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, East Fork, Hueston Woods, and Rocky Fork in southwest Ohio; and Alum Creek, A.W. Marion, Buckeye Lake, Deer Creek, and Delaware in central Ohio.

Applications will be taken beginning at 7:30 a.m. at most parks, with the lottery drawings at 8 a.m. at the park office, unless otherwise noted in the listing below.

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit and no one can apply or draw for another person. There is a $50 non-refundable permit fee for the state park lottery winners.  Most locations accept cash, checks or credit cards for payment, except for Portage Lakes where payment is by cash (exact change) or check only.  Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2012.

Hunters wishing to participate in the lotteries at Delaware or Indian Lake state parks are advised that the nearby Delaware marina, and the Indian Lake park office and commissary no longer sell hunting licenses and duck stamps. Hunters should purchase their license and stamp from another vendor prior to the lotteries.

Waterfowl hunting opportunities are also available through lottery drawings for blinds at the Mercer Wildlife Area on Grand Lake St. Marys, and the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area adjacent to Mosquito Lake State Park. The drawings will be held at the respective wildlife area offices on August 20. There is no fee for use of the blinds at these areas. Lottery participants must also have a current Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification.

Information on waterfowl hunting seasons, locations and restrictions will be discussed by park staff and wildlife officers during the lotteries. For general information about hunting seasons and regulations, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit online.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at


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Lottery for 9 Special Deer Hunts in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, OH – In a continuing effort to protect native plant communities from the increasing population of white tailed deer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves has scheduled special archery deer hunts at nine state nature preserves across the state.

Permits for the archery hunts will be awarded by lottery drawings held at the respective nature preserves in September. Hunters must appear in person for the lottery drawings, which is a change in procedure for the annual hunts.  Hunters must purchase tickets for the lotteries immediately prior to the drawings. The tickets are $5 each, and there is a limit of five tickets per person.

Each lottery winner will be assigned a two week block of time to hunt during the statewide archery season. They will receive a special archery hunt permit good for two hunters for the assigned two week period. After the drawings, hunters will be advised of special regulations that apply during the hunts, which have been designated as “doe first,” requiring that each hunter harvest an anterless deer before taking a buck.

Participating nature preserves in central Ohio include Seymour Woods in Delaware County; southeast Ohio preserves include Christmas Rocks and Shallenberger in Fairfield County; southwest Ohio preserves include Culberson Woods in Clinton County and Halls Creek Gorge in Warren County; northwest Ohio preserves include Goll Woods in Fulton County and Lawrence Woods in Hardin County; and northeast Ohio preserves include Springville Marsh and Collier Woods in Seneca County.

“High quality habitats at these preserves have been negatively impacted, and plants such as large flowered trillium have nearly disappeared from many sites because of foraging deer,” said Randy Beinlich, Preserve Manager for the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. “Not only do these hunts allow Ohio’s hunters to assist us with our land management activities, but it also gives them the chance to see and appreciate some of Ohio’s highest quality areas.”

All Ohio hunting rules and regulations will be followed during the special archery hunts, including bag limits and tagging procedures. Hunters may apply for multiple sites, but must attend the meeting for each hunt in order to enter the drawing. Entry fees may be paid by check, only. Processing fees are not refundable.

Hunt locations and meeting dates are as follows:

Seymour Woods (Delaware County)
Meeting Date:                September 17 @ 10AM
Meeting location:          Alum Creek State Park Office
3615 South Old State Road,  Delaware,  Ohio 45015
Manager Contact:         Greg Seymour – 740-467-2690

Culberson Woods (Clinton County)
Halls Creek Gorge (Warren Coutny)
Meeting Date:                September 10 @ 9AM
Meeting Location:         Cowen Lake State Park Office
1750 Osborn Road,  Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Manager Contact:          Shannon Hoffer  –  937-382-1096

Christmas Rocks (Fairfield County)
Shallenberger (Fairfield County)
Meeting Date:                 September 10 @ 2 PM
Meeting Location:          Stages Pond State Nature Preservce
4792 Hagerty Road,  Ashville, OH 43103
Manager Contact:          Jeff Johnson – 740-380-8919

Goll Woods (Fulton County)
Meeting Date:                  September 9 @ 5PM
Meeting Location:           Goll Woods State Nature Preserve Office
26093 County Road F,  Archbold, Ohio  43502
Manager Contact:           Ryan Schroeder – 419-445-1775

Lawrence Woods (Hardin County)
Meeting Date:                 September 11 @ 1PM
Meeting Location:          Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve parking area
13278 County Road 190,  Kenton, Ohio,  43226
Manager Contact:          Ryan Schroeder – 419-445-1775

Springville Marsh (Seneca County)
Meeting Date:                 September 16 @ 2PM
Meeting Location:          Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve parking area
Twp Road 24 (Muck Road) 1 mile west of US RT 23
3.5 miles north of Carey
Manager Contact:          Ryan Schroeder – 419-445-1775

Collier Woods (Seneca County)
Meeting Date:                 September 16 @ 5PM
Meeting Location:          Howard Collier State Nature Preserve
1655 W TWP RD 38, Tiffin Ohio,  44883
Manager Contact:          Ryan Schroeder – 419-445-1775

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at


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