XENIA – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select wildlife areas this waterfowl hunting season.
Drawings will be held the morning of Saturday, Aug. 18. Drawings for six blinds at Spring Valley and seven blinds at Clark Lake Wildlife Areas will start promptly at 8 a.m. at the Wildlife District Five Office, 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia. The office will be open by 7:30 a.m.
The drawing for approximately 70 blinds at Mercer Wildlife Area will open for applications at 7:15 a.m. with the drawing at 8 a.m. at Mercer Wildlife Area, 6615 State Route 703, Celina, 45822.
Interested applicants must appear in person with proof of a 2018 Ohio hunting license, state wetlands stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name, a signed 2017 or 2018 federal duck stamp and a current Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification prior to the drawing. HIP certification is free and can be accomplished by calling 1-877-HIP-OHIO. For more information on HIP please go to http://www.fws.gov/hip/. Hunters are encouraged to call the Wildlife Area headquarters or the Wildlife District Five office for information on these controlled hunts, 8 a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday.
Applicants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract, and provide the required license and stamps.
Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit, and no one can apply or draw for another person. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2019.
Visit the ODNR Division of Wildlife website at wildohio.gov to learn more Ohio’s hunting and shooting opportunities.
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.