Tuesday, August 12, 2008

OHIO NEWS: Special Hunts in State Nature Preserves, Trillium Protection Invoked

An increasing deer population, resulting in extensive damage to native plant communities, has led the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to coordinate special archery deer hunts at state nature preserves across the state.

High quality habitats at these state nature preserves have been negatively impacted by over-browsing deer. For example, several acres of large flowered trillium, Ohio's state wildflower, have nearly disappeared at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve because of foraging deer. Similar situations occur at 24 other sites.

There will be six two-week archery hunts beginning Nov. 2 through Jan. 24, 2009. Hunters may harvest two deer, but must harvest an antlerless deer first. Antlerless deer permits are allowed.

To apply for the special archery hunt lotteries, applicants must send in a postcard with their name, address, daytime phone number and the hunt name along with a $5 processing fee. Cash not accepted -- checks and money orders must be made out to Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Processing fees are not refundable.

To enter, applicants must submit a separate postcard and $5 processing fee for each hunt. Entries must be mailed to the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. F-1, Columbus, OH 43229.Lottery entries must be received by Sept. 6. Successful archery hunt applicants will be notified by mail.

Local hunts include: Huron County, Augusta-Anne Olsen Archery Hunt; Lucas County, Lou Campbell Archery Hunt; and in Seneca County, Howard Collier Archery Hunt and Springville Marsh Archery Hunt.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6ltjwr

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