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Season Dates

Postby vtcupped'n'locked » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:09 am

Very similar framework to last year, very few changes
COLUMBUS, OH – The 2013-14 waterfowl hunting season dates were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Changes for the upcoming waterfowl seasons include a decrease in the scaup bag limit to three, an increase in the canvasback bag limit to two and the youth waterfowl season will now be Oct. 5-6 statewide. See the 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons for more waterfowl hunting information, including zone maps.

Ohio is divided into three zones for duck, coot and merganser hunting. The seasons are split in each zone during the following dates:

• Duck hunting season in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone is Oct. 12-27 and Nov. 9 - Dec. 22.
• Duck hunting season in the North Zone is Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 and Nov. 30 - Jan. 12, 2014.
• Duck hunting season in the South Zone is Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 and Dec. 14 - Jan. 26, 2014.

The daily bag limit for ducks is 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 canvasback, 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. Possession limits after the second day are three times the daily bag limit.

Ohio is also divided into three zones for goose and brant hunting. The seasons are split in each zone during the following dates:

• Goose hunting in the Lake Erie Canada Goose Zone is Oct. 12-27 and Nov. 9 - Jan. 9, 2014.
• Goose hunting in the North Zone is Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 and Nov. 30 - Jan. 30, 2014.
• Goose hunting in the South Zone is Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 and Nov. 30 - Jan. 30, 2014.

The daily bag limit for Canada geese is three. Light geese (snows, Ross’s and blues) have a daily bag limit of 10, white-fronted geese have a daily bag limit of one and brant have a daily bag limit of one. The possession limit for brant and geese is three times the daily bag limit after the first day.

Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have the opportunity to enjoy a statewide special youth waterfowl season Oct. 5-6. Bag limits established during the regular season apply.

Licensed falconers can hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots statewide from Feb. 8 - March 4, 2014, and in the Lake Erie Marsh, North and South Zones whenever they are open to duck hunting.

Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification is required of all waterfowl hunters prior to hunting. Migratory game bird hunters must call 877-HIPOHIO (447-6446) and answer a few survey questions to complete the HIP certification requirement. Once the survey has been completed, hunters will be provided a certification number to write on their Ohio hunting license.

Waterfowl hunters age 18 and older must also purchase an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, available at any hunting license agent or wildohio.com. In addition, all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must possess a signed federal duck stamp, which can be purchased at most post offices.

Copies of this season's waterfowl hunting regulations, which include maps of the zones, will be available at wildohio.com or available at all license agent outlets by late September.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
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Re: Season Dates

Postby OrangeMilk » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:19 pm

tooooo early for the youth season, way too early.

Not as much "Goose only" time this year like there was last year.

I dont' know way youth season is before you are allowed to hunt state blinds, that's a it silly imo.
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Re: Season Dates

Postby BuckeyeZac » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:21 pm

Are north and south goose seasons normally the same? I felt like the late seasons were a week or two offset last year.
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Re: Season Dates

Postby wingbreaker5 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:52 pm

North and south early season are on the same day. Which is stupid. I enjoy having 2 opening day hunts in the early season
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Re: Season Dates

Postby vtcupped'n'locked » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:37 pm

Personally I am liking the splits opening on the same day. I am right on the line and last year was a zoo on the opener because a lot of people from the south came up. Hopefully this year it will spread out the pressure a little more.
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Re: Season Dates

Postby OrangeMilk » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:10 am

I agree, everyone south goes north that opening weekend, now they don't have to. And, being in Columbus I can go any direction I want to.

Also, I didn't notice the first time I read it, but they upped the possession limit just like they did for doves and early geese/teal. That means I need a big freezer.

Back on the youth topic, why is it 15 and under when you can still buy a youth license at 17?
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Re: Season Dates

Postby t_baker » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:01 am

OrangeMilk wrote:I agree, everyone south goes north that opening weekend, now they don't have to. And, being in Columbus I can go any direction I want to.

Also, I didn't notice the first time I read it, but they upped the possession limit just like they did for doves and early geese/teal. That means I need a big freezer.

Back on the youth topic, why is it 15 and under when you can still buy a youth license at 17?


I was wondering the same. I have a cousin that I swore had one more year of youth left (he is 16) but guess I was wrong. Gonna just have one kid this year to take.
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Re: Season Dates

Postby ohio mike » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:18 pm

Gotta have a stamp at 16.
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Re: Season Dates

Postby t_baker » Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:33 pm

ohio mike wrote:Gotta have a stamp at 16.


Correct.
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Re: Season Dates

Postby OrangeMilk » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:23 pm

Federal Stamp only, not the state wetlands stamp, don't need that till 18.

Out at the Hebron Fish Hatchery they have youth hunts and they are 17 and under.

I did some further reading and I has to do something with the stamps, youth deer season is 17 and under.
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