November has arrived for the hunters

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November has finally arrived and traditionally it is Hunters’ Month. However with the hot stretch we had it feels more like fishing weather and most anglers on Lake Erie would agree.

Walleye are finally moving west and fishermen from Huron to the Islands are doing extremely well again. Trolling offshore crankbaits during the day and casting crankbaits from shore at night were the most productive. After two years of mourning the blues, the perch fishermen are also jumping for joy. Large poles are captured from Marblehead Lighthouse to Toledo.

Archery deer hunters have also had very good weeks. It is clear with the increased movement of males that the deer rut is upon us. As recently as this morning, on my way to work, I saw two different does being harassed by money. The increase in the number of harvested males tagged over the past two weeks would confirm my observation.

Small game seasons opened last week. The region’s cottontail rabbit population appears to be on the rise in its usual cycle. There should be plenty of rabbits to hunt over the next month or so. On top of that, the warm weather creates almost ideal conditions for continuing to hunt squirrels and it should continue to get easier as the leaves start to fall.

This week furry animal season kicks off and as always there are plenty of raccoons to trap or hunt. Trapping and hunting seasons open for raccoons, foxes, mink and muskrat on November 10, and beaver season arrives after Christmas.

The warm weather has been nice for fishing and hunting for squirrels or other small game, but the first few weeks of waterfowl season have been horrendous here in Buckeye state. We just haven’t had any cold fronts to ward off the ducks from the north yet. The small local bird population has been raised and educated and no new birds have arrived from Canada. Don’t expect things to get better until we have more seasonal weather.

• Want to skip the lines and worry about Christmas shopping this year? Finding the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life has never been easier, especially with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources online store. Easy ideas include the 2021 Holiday Ornament: This limited edition three-dimensional holiday ornament is the perfect gift for anyone who loves Ohio State Parks. The ornament is carved from wood and depicts the Ohio State Bird, the Cardinal. Each ornament is $ 10.

Vintage Ohio State Park Posters: The Ohio State Parks Vintage Poster Series features iconic attractions and images from Cowan Lake State Parks, Hocking Hills, Malabar Farm , Marblehead Lighthouse, Mohican and Salt Fork. Buy one poster for $ 9 or get all six posters for $ 48. Each poster measures 16 “x24” and can be ordered online.

The Ohio State Parks Passport is a great way to commemorate your visit to 75 scenic Ohio State Parks. The full-color booklet includes regional maps, photographs, and individual pages for each state park in Ohio. Find out what each park has to offer as well as interesting facts and local information. On each visit to the park, users can “stamp” their passports, write notes and commemorate each visit. Passports are available at state park camp stores and lodge gift stores for $ 10 each or can be ordered online.

A great choice and my favorite is to surprise a friend or family member with multi-year or lifetime hunting and fishing licenses – unique gifts that will be appreciated for years to come. Ohio resident hunting and fishing license buyers can choose from three-year, five-year, 10-year, and lifetime options. All funds generated from the sale of multi-year and lifetime licenses are deposited into the Wildlife Fund, where they will be used to protect and enhance Ohio’s wildlife populations.

The purchase and offering of an Ohio Wildlife Legacy stamp allows wildlife enthusiasts to have a direct impact on the future of native Ohio wildlife. Proceeds from the stamp go to the Endangered Species and Wildlife Diversity Fund and support: habitat restoration; land purchases and conservation easements; endangered and threatened native species; educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts; and wildlife and habitat research projects.

The person who purchases an Ohio Wildlife Legacy stamp for $ 15 will receive a collectable stamp, window stickers, and a commemorative card. Showing your Ohio Wildlife Legacy stamp at eight state park lodges may qualify for a 25% discount on lodge rooms for weekday stays, and the stamp holder must be present to receive this coupon.

An Ohio State Parks Gift Card or Certificate is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors right here in Buckeye State. Gift cards or gift certificates can be used at Ohio State Parks for overnight stays, allowing the recipient to enjoy their favorite state park or visit a new one! Gift cards or gift certificates can be redeemed for camping, getaway rentals, cabin rentals and at most lodges in Ohio State Parks. Gift certificates and gift cards can also be used at state-operated retail stores or for boat rentals at many state park marinas. Available in any denomination and with no expiration date, gift cards and gift certificates can be purchased online at reserveohio.com or by calling 866-644-6727.

Until next time, Happy Hunting and Happy Fishing!

Ken Parrott is an agricultural science teacher at Northmor High School.


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