Ohio DNR Offers Special Youth Hunts

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An increasing deer population, resulting in extensive damage to plant communities, has led the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to coordinate special youth deer hunts at four state nature preserves-Desonier (Athens County), Goll Woods (Fulton County), Johnson Woods (Wayne County) and Lawrence Woods (Hardin County). A random drawing will be held to select participants for all four hunts.

The hunts will take place on November 22 during the regular youth deer gun hunting season. At each site, successful applicants must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult partner. This hunt is coordinated with ODNR's Division of Wildlife so antlerless permits are allowed if purchased prior to the hunt. This will allow each hunter to harvest a total of two deer utilizing the regular deer permit and one antlerless deer permit or two antlerless deer permits. Youth hunters aged 17 years and younger are eligible. All Ohio hunting rules and regulations will apply.

Interested applicants should submit a 3x5 card with their printed name, complete address and daytime telephone number along with the preserve hunt title (i.e. "Desonier Woods Youth Deer Hunt") and a $5 processing fee (check or money order) for each entry to ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. F-1, Ohio 43229. Applicants may apply for more than one hunt and permits are transferable.

Applications must be received by September 27, 2008. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and must attend a pre-hunt meeting.

For more information about Desonier, Goll Woods, Johnson Woods or Lawrence Woods state nature preserve, visit www.ohiodnr.com/dnap.