The Ohio Division of Wildlife has released the names of the lucky people who were successfully drawn for the state's very popular but controlled deer and waterfowl hunts.
Rats, since I wasn't picked for anything that I had applied for. Neither did my older brother, Rich, nor my wife, Bev.
Which doesn't keep me from trying. Or Rich or Bev, for that mater. We'll keep filling out the required Internet application and transferring funds each July during the application period. One of these days one of us will be picked for Plum Brook or the muzzle-loading hunt at Mosquito Creek.
To see if you've been successful with the draw, visit the Wildlife Division's web site at www.wildohio.com.
While on the subject of drawings and the Wildlife Division, the agency will conduct a public drawing for waterfowl blind hunts at LaDue Reservoir in Geauga County. The drawings is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 16 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton Township.
Each applicant must bring a current or past year's Ohio hunting license or Ohio wetlands stamp.
There are 10 blind sites available, and a calendar and map will be available that will show where the blinds are located and when they are available.
A maximum of three persons may hunt each day, though the actual permit holder must be in attendance.
Permits also will be issued for one-week periods and may be used only for the blind location chosen by the drawer.
Hunting occurs only on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until noon each day.
Only temporary blinds are boats equipped with electric motors are permitted.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn