posted on August 02, 2004 00:00
Ohio sets seasons for fowl hunting
Sunday, August 01, 2004
The early Ohio hunting seasons for mourning doves, Canada geese, teal and woodcock have been approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council. The regular duck and goose seasons have yet to be approved but they should be the same as a year ago, reported the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday as it set guidelines for those hunting seasons.
The Ohio dove season is Sept. 1-Oct. 17 and Dec. 21- Jan. 2. The special Canada goose season is Sept. 1-15 and the early teal hunting season is Sept. 1-9. The woodcock season is from Oct. 15-Nov. 28. Also approved were seasons for rails and moorhens from Sept. 1-Nov. 9 and a snipe season from Sept. 1- Nov. 28 and Dec. 6-25.
The USFWS proposals on Friday for the 2004-2005 waterfowl seasons are similar to last year. The Ohio duck season will again be a 60-day campaign. Ohio is part of the Mississippi Flyway and both the Atlantic and Mississippi flyways were given 60-day seasons. The Central Flyway was given a 74-day season and the Pacific Flyway a 107-day season.
"While breeding habitat conditions in some of our survey areas are not as good as we have seen in recent years, overall the habitat and populations of key waterfowl species are sufficient to justify the hunting opportunity these regulations afford," said service director Steve Williams. "All flyway councils joined the Service in supporting these regulations."
The proposals restrict the pintail and canvasback harvest because of slumping populations. Seasons for pintails and canvasbacks will be 60 days in the Pacific Flyway, 39 days in the Central Flyway, and 30 days in the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways. Bluebills, also known as scaup, remain well below their long-term average and the decreased limits will continue, including a daily bag of three bluebills for Ohio hunters.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services reports it has shipped the new federal duck stamps featuring Minnesota artist Scot Storm's pair of redhead ducks to post offices around the country.
Migratory bird hunters must purchase the $15 stamp.
Last year's waterfowl harvest was up and down, said the USFWS. The goose harvest was up while the duck harvest was down.
The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association is teaming up with the Tusco Rifle Club in Midvale, Ohio in the Dover-New Philadelphia area to give its members a top-notch range for shooting competitions. The ORPA had been seeking to develop its own grounds in Ohio, which would be a major investment. The Tusco Rifle Club is among the finest private shooting facilities in the state and will improve with an investment by the ORPA, which wants a 1,000-yard range for long distance shooting.
Two men from Columbus were each fined $300 and ordered to pay $500 in restitution after being found guilty of illegally gill netting 108 saugeye from the tail waters of Hoover Reservoir in Columbus in March. Jiahe Weng, 39, and Hua-Xin Ye, 28, were cited after wildlife officers watched them net fish after dark. Both men are in the United States on visas and could be deported.
PWT in 2005:
Lake Erie is being ignored by the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail in 2005 despite the outstanding catches here, including the recent tournament in Cleveland. The tournament trail is heading to southern walleye waters, visiting Kentucky's Lake Cumberland and making a return visit to Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas. The eastern U.S. events will be held in Michigan on Saginaw Bay and the St. Mary's River.
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