Briefly, Oct. 11

Trapping lotteries planned for Killdeer, Pickerel Creek

FINDLAY – Trappers are invited to participate in drawings for controlled trapping opportunities at Killdeer Plains and Pickerel Creek wildlife areas, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

A drawing at Killdeer Plains is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is 6-6:25 p.m. at the Killdeer Plains Check Station, 19100 CH 115, Harpster.

A drawing is planned at Pickerel Creek at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Registration is 6-6:25 p.m. at Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area Headquarters, 3451 CR 256, Vickery.

The Killdeer drawing is limited to adult participants ages 18 and older.

The Pickerel Creek drawing is limited to adults, except for six zones reserved for a youth/disabled drawing. Youth are ages 17 and younger. Zones not taken by a youth or disabled trapper will be available to other trappers.

Participants are required to present a current or previous year’s Ohio fur taker permit to be eligible for the drawings.

For additional rules and information, visit and click on the controlled hunting tab.

Sign up for master naturalist classes this winter

FINDLAY – Hancock Park District and the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Hancock County chapter have teamed up to offer a class this winter to adult residents of Hancock and surrounding counties interested in becoming an OCVN.

Classes are to take place Jan. 11 through March 8 on Tuesday evenings and three Saturdays.

Some of the topics included in the training are eco-concepts, insects, plants, geology, soils, birds, mammals, forests, aquatics, herpetology and nature interpretation. Cost of the training is $150 per person.

The program is a research-based, scientific training program that emphasizes hands-on natural resource education coupled with community volunteer service. The program embraces conservation but is not an advocacy group.

After completing initial training, participants must complete 40 volunteer hours in the first year, with 20 hours of volunteer work and 8 hours of advanced training required each subsequent year.

Accepted applicants are responsible for background check.

Application forms are available online at under the volunteer section, or contact the park district office at (419) 425-7275.

Application deadline with $150 is Dec. 6. Make checks payable to OCVN Hancock County Chapter. Mail to C/O Dave Morrow, 518 W. Lincoln St., Findlay, OH 45840. Interviews are to be conducted in December.

For more information, email Sarah Betts at

Waterfowl hunting season under way

COLUMBUS – Ohio hunters should experience good opportunities for success as they take to the field in search of waterfowl throughout the hunting seasons, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Waterfowl seasons continue through January.

The positive outlook is based on findings by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and detailed in the USFWS Status Report and Adaptive Harvest Management Report. The reports provide information from continental surveys and are available on the Division of Wildlife Waterfowl Hunting Resources page at

Canada geese are the most harvested waterfowl in Ohio. The 78-day Canada goose season allows hunters to harvest three geese daily. Ohio’s spring breeding population estimate was 147,500 geese, near the record high for the 20-plus years the survey has been conducted. Migrant interior goose populations (Canada’s Southern James Bay and the Mississippi Valley) had above-normal gosling production, suggesting the Canada goose migration into Ohio this year could be above normal.

Goose hunting in the Lake Erie Canada Goose Zone starts Saturday and continues through Oct. 27, then again Nov. 9-Jan. 9.

Goose hunting in the north and south zones is Oct. 19-Nov. 3 and Nov. 30-Jan. 30.

Waterfowl hunters can hunt ducks starting Saturday with a daily bag limit of six, which may not include more than four mallards (no more than one may be female), three wood ducks, one black duck, two redheads, three scaup, two canvasbacks, two pintails and one mottled duck. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, of which no more than two may be hooded mergansers. The daily bag limit for coots is 15.

Duck season in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone starts Saturday and continues through Oct. 27 and again Nov. 9-Dec. 22.

Duck season in the north and south zones is Oct. 19-Nov. 3 and Nov. 30-Jan. 12.