More than 280 permits are available to hunters wishing to construct a duck blind on several Ohio State Parks’ lakes this waterfowl hunting season. Lottery drawings will be held at the 16 participating state parks on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17, along with lotteries for the use of 146 duck blinds available on two state wildlife areas.
Interested applicants must appear in person at a participating state park office with proof of a 2013 Ohio hunting license, state wetlands stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2013 or 2012 federal duck stamp. Applicants under the age of 18 should have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract and must provide the required license and stamps.
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 and Rocky Fork in southwest Ohio; and Alum Creek, A.W. Marion, Buckeye Lake, Deer Creek and Delaware in central Ohio.
East Harbor State Park in Ottawa County will offer five blinds. Applications are accepted beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the drawing at 8 a.m. at 1169 North Buck Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, 43440. Call 419-734-4424 for more information.
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. All locations accept cash, checks or credit cards for payment, except for Portage Lakes where payment is by cash (exact change) or check only. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2014.
Information on waterfowl hunting seasons, locations and restrictions will be discussed by park staff and wildlife officers during the lotteries. For general information about hunting seasons and regulations, call 800-WILDLIFE or visit www.wildohio.com.