2016 DATES ARE OUT!!

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  1. 7K7Y

    7K7Y New Member

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  2. Toner07

    Toner07 Well-Known Member

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    Goose hunting into February? This is a joke right?
     

  3. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    Ha ha you got me :eek:
     
  4. jason

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    Why would they shorten early goose season so much?
     
  5. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    2016-2017 Small Game and Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Proposed to Ohio Wildlife CouncilPosted on 1/15/2016 by Division of Wildlife

    COLUMBUS, OH - The 2016-2017 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons and the trapping seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

    The hunting season date proposals prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife maintain many traditional opening dates. Proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting season will be presented at the next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service oversees all migratory bird regulations, including Ohio’s hunting seasons. A recent change in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s process allows Ohio to now propose fall waterfowl regulations in January, more than six months earlier than in past years.

    Notable changes among the proposals included adding a special northeast zone and dates to the 2017 spring turkey season, adding extra hunting days to the goose season and lowering the daily bag limit of canvasback to one.

    Additional proposed rule changes include expanding the list of species permitted bait dealers may sell when acquired from aquaculture facilities, reducing the minimum carapace length of snapping and softshell turtles from 13 to 11 inches, prohibiting the taking of snapping and softshell turtles with archery equipment, prohibiting the export of live snapping and softshell turtles taken from the wild, and prohibiting the taking or possession of snapping and softshell turtle eggs from the wild.

    A complete list of proposed rules changes, including season dates and bag limits, can be found at wildohio.gov.

    The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input.

    Open houses to receive public comments about hunting, trapping and fishing regulations and wildlife issues will be held on Saturday, March 5. Open houses will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District One, District Two, District Three and District Four offices, as well as the Greene County Fish and Game Association clubhouse in Xenia.

    Open houses give the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fishing, hunting and trapping regulations with the ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. For Ohioans who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at wildohio.gov. The online form will be available until March. Directions to the open houses can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

    A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 17, at 9 a.m. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

    Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

    ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
     
  6. jjm

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    PA always had a late season that ran into Feb with 5 bird limit
     
  7. AvianHunter

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    To add days on at the end they need to subtract days from the beginning. It would make for a better quality of goose hunting if they would completely do away with September but I guess we gotta take baby steps when trying to make changes.
     
  8. MikeBeatty

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    See a mention of a NE zone... but don't see it in the details. Any one know?
     
  9. OhioFisher

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    This is almost a joke seeing these this early!
    I'm ok with the late goose will make for a long season, always some, somewhere to play with.

    Of course the duck dates didn't get moved back at all, I was kinda hoping for a week change ahead.

    Early teal coming really early too lol
     
  10. CaptMark

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    <TABLE dir=ltr cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=9 width=674 border=1> <TBODY> <TR> <TD height=15 vAlign=top>
    Goose hunting will be unlawful after January 30, 2017 on Pymatuning Lake. ​
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  11. 7K7Y

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    That is referring to spring turkey hunting. The NWTF helped fund a radiotelemetry study on nesting hens in the tradition snow belt counties to see if they nested later than areas outside of the snowbelt. I think the study began in 2014? I guess they determined they did and season will be delayed by one week in 5 counties. I'm guessing three of those counties will be Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula. Maybe Trumbull too.
     
  12. I_Shock_Em

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    Turkey "Northeast Zone" (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Trumbull counties)
     
  13. EaglePoint

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    That's what was asked for on the last dates survey..
     
  14. EaglePoint

    EaglePoint 1 more pass? No Way!

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    Does any one know if and when the zone survey will come out??
     
  15. Toner07

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    It's just very hard to believe that they listened. We have been wanting this for years now.
     
  16. Toner07

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    So now we will have approx 1 week of hunting in the woods before it greens up to the point of no visibility.....gonna have to do lots of field hunting.
     
  17. DLC

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    take a week of the 1st split of duck both North & LE zone and tag it to the end of the 2nd split........Ducks showed up this year after season went out up here this year......
     
  18. Ragtime

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    They announced last year we would continue to receive the dates much earlier.

    Kept hearing the Feb. rumors, glad it's true.
     
  19. EaglePoint

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    While that was the case this year, it wasn't so 2012, 13 & 14. Looking at the big picture instead of one year to the next. Some of this stuff could still change. These are proposals, not regulations yet. Also, 2015-16 ended the 5 year zone segment. Ironically, I'm hearing they may not survey for zone change this year although it's been the standard practice as long as I can remember.
     
  20. SteveinCanton

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    I am exstatic with the proposed zone changes and season dates. My best fields are just south of thirty, being able to hunt until January 30 for duck again will be great