FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 1998
SELECTED STATE PARKS TO ALLOW EARLY SEASON GOOSE HUNTING
COLUMBUS, OH -- Hunting of Canada geese is permitted at 27 Ohio State Parks during all or part of the state's early goose hunting season, September 1 through 15. At some state parks, however, the early season hunt is restricted to specific dates and areas.
State parks that allow the special hunt on all designated early goose hunting areas throughout the entire season include Indian Lake (Logan County), Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer/Auglaize counties), Lake Alma (Vinton County), Lake Logan (Hocking County), Lake Loramie (Shelby County) and West Branch (Portage County).
Many state parks prohibit early goose hunting until after the Labor Day weekend. State parks that do not allow early goose hunting on any portion of the designated waterfowl hunting area before Labor Day include Alum Creek (Delaware County), Blue Rock (Muskingum County), Burr Oak (Morgan County), Caesar Creek (Warren County), Cowan Lake (Clinton County), Deer Creek (Pickaway County), Delaware (Delaware County), Findley (Lorain County), Geneva (Ashtabula County), Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County), Mt. Gilead (Morrow County) and Wolf Run (Noble County).
Several state parks permit the special hunt before Labor Day only in specific portions of each park's designated early goose hunting areas. These parks include Kiser Lake (Champaign County), Buck Creek (Clark County), Pymatuning (Ashtabula County), Rocky Fork (Highland County), Salt Fork (Guernsey County) and Stonelick (Clermont County).
A permit issued at the park office is required for early goose hunting at Hueston Woods (Preble/Butler counties), Lake Hope (Vinton County) and Punderson (Geauga County) state parks. The permit issued by these parks specifies the dates on which hunting is allowed during the early goose hunting season. In addition to requiring a permit, Hueston Woods and Punderson state parks each hold a lottery for early goose hunting privileges. Information about the lotteries is available from the respective park offices.
Goose hunters must comply with all state wildlife regulations and carry a valid Ohio hunting license, Ohio wetlands habitat stamp and federal duck stamp. This year, all waterfowl hunters across the nation are required to have a Harvest Information Program registration number on their license (available in Ohio by calling 1-800-WETLAND). The times, dates and locations are specified on the official early goose hunting map posted at participating state park offices. Copies of the map are available from the park office during regular business hours.
For Further Information Contact:
Lynn Boydelatour, Division of Parks and Recreation
Jim Lynch, ODNR Media Relations