The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for more than 270 permits to hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select Ohio State Park lakes this waterfowl hunting season. Drawings will be held the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20, at 17 state parks, and applications will be taken locally with the lottery drawings following registration.
Interested applicants must appear in person at a participating state park office with proof of a 2016 Ohio hunting license, state wetlands stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2016 federal duck stamp. Applicants under the age of 18 are encouraged to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract, and they must 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. There is a $50 non-refundable permit fee for the state park lottery winners. Most locations accept cash, check or credit card for payment, except Portage Lakes where payment must be cash (exact change) or check only. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2017.
Participating state parks include Portage Lakes and West Branch in northeast Ohio; East Harbor, Indian Lake and Lake Loramie in northwest Ohio; Adams Lake, Buck Creek, Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, East Fork, Hueston Woods, Rocky Fork and Shawnee in southwest Ohio; and Alum Creek, A.W. Marion, Deer Creek and Delaware in central Ohio.
Additionally, Buckeye Lake State Park and Hebron Fish Hatchery are conducting a joint waterfowl blind drawing on Saturday, Aug. 13, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. for 11 blinds.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.