Briefly, Aug. 29

Straw bale house tour planned for Sept. 8

Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 7-9 p.m. Monday and the second Monday of the month through the warm-weather months.

Visitors also can plan to attend a home-cooked brunch using local foods from Little Portion Green for a donation on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Reservations for brunch and a tour are available by calling Sister Jane Omlor at (567) 207-5393.

ODNR offers deer hunts

in 4 state nature preserves

COLUMBUS – In an effort to control deer populations affecting native plant communities, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is coordinating special deer hunts at four state nature preserves across the state.

High-quality habitats have been damaged by over-browsing deer. One example is the state wildflower, the large-flowered trillium, which once commonly was seen but now nearly has disappeared from many sites because of foraging deer.

Application for hunts are to be handled by individual preserve managers. Hunters must attend individual meetings if they are interested in particular hunts. At that time, hunters can enter a drawing by purchasing a single ticket for $20.

Hunters must possess a valid 2014-15 hunting license to purchase tickets. Names will be randomly drawn, and assigned a specific time to hunt. An orientation will be conducted immediately following the drawing.

Hunters may hunt with a partner.

These hunts are “doe-first” hunts, meaning a buck can be taken only after an antlerless deer is harvested, which helps ensure the deer population is reduced.

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve, 1703 Katharine Road, Jackson, is to offer archery and gun hunting. Archers are to have two-week blocks and gun hunters two-day hunts either Dec. 1-2 or Dec. 4-5. The drawing is at 9 a.m. Sept. 6. For more information, call Jason Garey at (740) 286-2487 or email

Hunts at Goll Woods, Lawrence Woods and Seymour Woods are to be archery-only hunts. Lottery winners would get two-week blocks of time.

Hunters may apply for hunts at multiple sites, but they must attend the meeting for each hunt to enter the drawing. Do not mail entry forms.

Drawing times for archery hunts are:

Goll Woods State Nature Preserve, Fulton County, 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at 26093 County Road F, Archbold. Contact Ryan Schroeder, (419) 445-1775, or ryan.schroeder@dnr.state.oh.

Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve, Hardin County, 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at parking area, 13278 County Road 190, Kenton. Contact Ryan Schroeder at (419) 445-1775 or

Seymour Woods State Nature Preserve, Delaware County, 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at Alum Creek State Park, 3615 S. Old State Road, Delaware. Contact Loren Hart at (740) 548-4631 or