Wearing a rabbit’s foot will be optional, although at least a single fin is required in hunters game for a slot machine to hunt deer in three scenic locations on the Ohio River not far from Columbus.
Up for grabs, two-week access for any winning bowhunter and a partner to the following locations:
• Terra Nova, a 24-acre site located along Big Darby Creek in Union County on North Lewisburg Road near North Lewisburg.
• Milford Center, a 90-acre site located along Big Darby Creek in Union County between Middleburg-Plain City Road and North Darby Coe Road, just southeast of Collins Road.
• Andreae Agnes and Little Darby Forrest Preserves, a 232-acre set in Madison County located along Little Darby Creek off State Rt. 29 west of West Jefferson.
Raffles are scheduled for Thursday at the Plain City Youth Building, located at hobby park, 344 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. A $5 ticket purchase is required per draw, with the first to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the raffles will be sold from 5:15 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
To be eligible, hunters must be able to present a valid hunting license. Winners are required to attend an orientation immediately after the draws, although the hunting partner is not required to attend.
The scenic spots in the river experience little hunting pressure and are therefore likely to contain many deer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported in advertising designs. In all, the department is opening nine sites along four of the state’s 15 designated scenic rivers for fall deer hunting.
More niches for deer
Blackhand Gorge, 956 acres located in Licking County east of Newark, will be one of 14 state nature preserves where deer hunters will be asked to help cull the herd to conserve native flora.
A draw for archery locations is scheduled for 11 a.m. September 10 at the booth near the Toboso parking lot, 2200 Gratiot Road SE. A $5 raffle ticket can be purchased by eligible participants who present a valid hunting license.
Winners must attend an orientation session immediately after the draw where they will be assigned a hunting slot. Winners will be permitted to hunt with a partner who is not required to attend the draw or orientation.
For more information on Blackhand Gorge, contact Reserve Manager Charlotte Trolio by phone at (330) 607-3566 or by email at [email protected].
Most deer hunts at state reservations are designated as bow hunts, although gun hunting locations are available at Lake Katharine in Jackson County and Caesar Creek in Warren County. . A muzzleloader hunt is also planned at Lake Katharine.
Two teams from the Columbus area of Hartley Hawgs represented Ohio among several hundred two-person tandems from across the United States at the bassmaster National High School Championship on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina earlier this month. Neither Hawg reached the final round of 12.
Nathan Fiant and Braden McNamara’s team finished with a total of nine fish over two days weighing 17 pounds and 8 ounces. Drew Kuhnle and Jake Jones’ team finished with three fish weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces after day one of the three-day competition.
A free Ohio Division of Wildlife dove hunting workshop — covering safety, regulations, hunting techniques and target practice with the use of clay birds — is scheduled at the Delaware Wildlife Area’s range on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The material will be provided.
The deadline for registration is August 26. Registration is available on the Wildlife Division website, wildohio.gov.