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Survey will help shape future Ohio waterfowl seasons

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to know what waterfowl hunters think about the state’s regulations and season dates. So ODNR is asking anyone with an Ohio hunting or fishing license to provide input on next season’s waterfowl hunting regulations through an online survey found at wildohio.com.

Surveys must be completed by Feb. 14. The survey contains 25 questions and should take less than 10 minutes. Similar information was solicited from Ohio waterfowl hunters in 2013 and used to set the 2013-2014 hunting season dates.

Hunters will need their customer identification number to take the survey. The identification number is found on all Ohio hunting and fishing licenses or at wildohio.com. Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp customers who wish to provide an email address to receive future invitations can do so by visiting wildohio.com and clicking the Wild Ohio Customer Center.

For more information, visit wildohio.com or call (800) WILDLIFE.

Dayton boat show moving to March
Here’s the latest on the ever-changing Dayton Boat, Sportsman & Fishing Show. The dates have moved from February to March 7-9 at the Airport Expo Center. Promoter Hague Atkinson said he changed the dates to give him more time to fill out the show.

The show, which started as a boat show, will now feature all aspects of outdoor sports, including fishing, hunting, archery, boats, RVs and ATVs. For more information, call Atkinson at (615) 686-6414 or visit rvandboatshow.com.

The ice is nice
The recent cold snap has been building up safer ice by the day at Lake Erie and inland lakes across Ohio.

“We have at least 14 inches of ice and as cold as it has been, we’re getting about two more inches each day,” said fishing guide Bud Gehring, who lives in Lebanon and Put-in-Bay. He puts 18 heated shanties out on the northwest side of South Bass Island.

“The perch have been hitting really good.” Gehring said. “We’re getting a few walleyes, but they could be better.”

Anyone interested in Lake Erie ice fishing can call Gehring at (419) 261-0165.
If you have never ice fished but want to try it, check out the safety tips at ohiodnr.com and find a buddy who has experience ice fishing. Never go alone.

Ohio sportsmen to meet
Harmful algal blooms seem to be the unofficial theme of the League of Ohio Sportsmen’s 106th Annual Convention in Columbus, Feb. 21-23.

It will be held at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center and the Friday night program will be open free to the public.

The program will include a presentation by Jeffrey Reuter, director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Stone Laboratory at Lake Erie. He will discuss HABs and the forecast for 2014.

For information, call (614) 224-8970 or (614) 274-8370.

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