September 1st is Opening Day

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September 1 is the opening day of hunting season for squirrel, mourning dove, Canada goose and teal in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

"Many people look forward to opening day and the start of a new hunting season," said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Division of Wildlife. "It is this anticipation that excites hunters, both youngsters and veterans, to another season afield. I encourage Ohio's hunters to take a friend this year and introduce them to hunting."

The Division of Wildlife predicts hunting for doves and Canada geese will be excellent this year. Squirrel hunting should be very good - especially in eastern and southern Ohio. Teal hunting success will depend upon the early migration of these small ducks, but the best hunting for teal will be in the western Lake Erie marshes and some of the larger inland wetlands.

Hunting in Ohio is not only an opportunity for special moments, but also a great recreational bargain. A hunting license for an Ohio resident, good for one year, costs only $19. Participants in waterfowl hunting must also purchase a federal Duck Stamp, along with an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, at a cost of $15 each. These licenses and permits can be purchased at any of more than 1,300 license vendors in the state, or online at .

Detailed information on these and other upcoming hunting seasons can be found in the 2004-05 Ohio Hunting Regulations (Publication 85) available where hunting licenses are sold, online at or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.