The Division of Wildlife is now accepting applications for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts on selected public areas during this fall’s hunting seasons. Hunters have until Friday, July 31, to submit applications for a random drawing.
These special hunts are held on selected areas to provide additional opportunities for hunting enthusiasts. All applicants, youth and adult, must possess a 2015-16 Ohio hunting license and meet the age requirements in order to apply for a controlled hunt.
Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online using the Wild Ohio Customer Center at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) and requesting a mail-in application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt.
Hunters will be randomly drawn and successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by mail and email. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Wild Ohio Customer Center to view the status of their application and, if selected, print their controlled hunt permit.
More specific information about hunt dates and locations, including opportunities dedicated to youth, women and mobility-impaired hunters, can be found at wildohio.gov.
Along the Way:
Anglers interested in learning the art of fly fishing and practicing their skills on a half-mile section of Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County can enter a lottery for beginning fly-fishing clinics.
There are 125 slots available for this popular program that’s conducted by the Division of Wildlife. Sessions will be held on Fridays from Sept. 4 through Oct. 9, with the exception of Sept. 25. Deadline for submitting a lottery entry is Aug. 20.
In addition to fly-fishing instruction by division staff and volunteers, attendees will be able to test their skills by fishing for the abundant rainbow trout found in Cold Creek. Anglers may also encounter an occasional brown trout.
Instruction will be from 8 a.m. until noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9.
To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing their: name, address and phone number. The applicant may bring one guest, but the guest’s name must be listed on the postcard at the time of submission.
Only one postcard per applicant and guest is allowed and no duplicates may be submitted. Send the cards to: Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay, Ohio 45840 Attention: Linda Ringer.
Those lucky anglers drawn in the lottery will receive an assigned session date and time. Permits are non-transferable. All anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license.
The Castalia State Fish Hatchery is located in Erie County off Ohio 269, near Castalia.
Step Outside:
• In Texas, a recently poached alligator turned out to be a poacher in its own right. An 11-foot, 400-pound alligator was shot and killed without a permit. According to Texas game officials, its stomach contents yielded the remains of a missing late-night swimmer from a Southeast Texas marina. Officials said the alligator was shot in the head and killed in Adams Bayou in Orange, near where victim Tommie Woodward’s maimed body was found. An autopsy determined he died by drowning but lost his left arm below the elbow in the attack.
• Thursday & Friday: Trap and skeet, 5 p.m., UCOA, 6943 Marion Township 243, Findlay.
• July 26: International Defensive Pistol shoot, 9 a.m., UCOA, 6943 Marion Township 243, Findlay. Contact: 419-721-1281 or email ucoaidpa@yahoo.com. Ask about IDPA membership and youth discounts.
• July 26: Pope and Young archery shoot, registration opens 8 a.m., Field and Stream Bowhunters, 11400 Allen Township 109, Findlay.
• Aug. 1: Conservation Reserve Program Mid-Term Management Workshop, 9 a.m., 12587 County 1250, Montpelier. Limited to 30 participants. Register with Brice Nemire: 419-376-7995.
Abrams is a retired wildlife officer supervisor for the state Division of Wildlife in Findlay. He can be reached at P.O. Box 413, Mount Blanchard, OH 45867-0413 or via email at jimsfieldnotes@aol.com.

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