September 1 Opener Offers Plenty of Opportunities

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September 1 marks the opening day of fall hunting season in Ohio, providing outdoorsmen and women with a variety of excellent hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

"There has always been a lot of anticipation leading up to Ohio's opening day and this year is no exception," said Steven A. Gray, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. "Whether it be an early morning goose or dove hunt or an afternoon in the woods pursuing squirrels, Ohio has a lot to offer starting September 1."

September 1 kicks off the state's hunting seasons with the opening of squirrel, dove, Canada goose, teal, rail, moorhen and snipe hunting seasons. Cool, crisp mornings coupled with warn afternoon of sunshine make September an ideal month to be outdoors in Ohio's woods, fields and marshes.

All hunters must possess a current Ohio hunting license. Those hunting waterfowl must also have a current state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp and a new Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification.

Squirrels can be hunted from one half an hour before sunrise to sunset. Hunting hours during the seasons for rails, moorhens, snipe, woodcock, teal, doves and Canada geese are sunrise to sunset. The only exceptions will be on wildlife areas that have special posted hunting times for dove hunting.

The Ohio hunting digest and the 2003 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure is available at license outlets statewide, Division of Wildlife district offices or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.