Some Ohio waterfowlers and most deer hunters will learn sooner rather than later whether they hit the special lottery hunt jackpot.
The reason being is that those waterfowlers who applied for an early waterfowl hunt at Wingfoot Lake, Mogadore Reservoir or LaDue Reservoir will need to know quickly whether they were successfully drawn.
Ditto for those deer hunters will sought to hunt at NASA's Plum Brook Station. Here the reason is owed to the required FBI background check prior to being allowed to hunt at the federal reservation.
In all cases, applicants had until July 31 to apply, with the Ohio Division of Wildlife still working to process paper applications.
While most applicants used the agency's on-line process the Wildlife Division still accepted paper ones, which took longer to process; up to three days to complete and given the entire requirements for the program, said Andrew Burt, the agency's licensing coordinator.
“Because of the need for immediate notification, I will perform the draw for all the early season waterfowl and all deer hunts so the results are posted on the customer's account on Friday, August 9,” Burt said.
For the remainder of the controlled waterfowl hunt drawings, Burt said he'll have to wait to run and post the results for them on August 21.
“The (general) waterfowl seasons and dates have not been approved yet through the Wildlife Council, so I cannot run those results until the dates are finalized,” Burt said.
Burt said the Wildlife Council is scheduled to meet Aug. 21 with the hope of posting the lottery results on Monday, Aug. 26.
Burt also said that any applicant who tried to trick the system by applying more than once was no doubt caught, the process including enough trip wires such as requiring one's Social Security Number that any attempt to foil the process would fail.
In a cursory examination of nearly all applications processed, the number of those adults who applied for the controlled deer hunts is down 8.1 percent (23,858 total this year and compared to the 25,973 applicants in 2012.
Meanwhile, applications for the controlled youth deer hunts was up 10.7 percent (5,041 this year verses 4,553 in 2012), and also up for both the women's and mobility impaired deer hunts; a rise of 2.9 percent and comparing the 750 applications this year when compared to the 729 applications in 2012.
Down, however, were the number of applications for the controlled adult waterfowl hunts, off 3.2 percent. Comparisons were the 9,819 applications received this year and compared to the 10,139 such applications processed last year, Burt said.
On the flip side of this coin, though, showed more applications for the controlled youth waterfowl hunts; up 11.7 percent, or 1,352 applications processed this year compared to the 1,210 applications processed in 2012.
Burt says as well that all successfully drawn hunters will receive a letter notifying them of being selected.
For those hunters who simply cannot wait, says Burt, any hunter can access the information by visiting the Wildlife Division's web site at www.wildohio.com and then logging onto the “Manage Your Account” portal. The page will say either “Successful” or “Unsuccessful.”
Applicants likewise can call the agency's Wildlife Call Center at 800-945-3543 but only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
As for that $3 per application fee every applicant had to pay, $2 went to the Wildlife Division while the other $1 went to the agency's contracted on-line agent.
The annual net income to the Wildlife Division for this program is about $80,000.
That being said, the program is not inexpensive to operate, requiring postage, manpower and program management expenses and the like, notes Burt.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn