August 10, 2007

Duck Blind Drawings Set


The annual lottery drawings for duck blinds on Ohio state park lakes will be Aug. 18 at the park offices and other locations.

Interested hunters must appear in person with proof of a 2007 Ohio hunting license, state wetlands stamp endorsement in the applicant's name, and a signed 2007 or 2006 federal duck stamp. Applicants under the age of 18 are encouraged to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract.

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit, and no one can apply or draw for another person. There is a $50 nonrefundable permit fee for lottery winners. Lottery winners will have 45 days to construct their blinds; all blinds must be dismantled by March 15.

Applications will be taken beginning at 7:30 a.m. at most parks, with the lottery drawings at 8 a.m. at the park office, unless otherwise noted in the following listing.

Drawings at area parks and wildlife areas will be at the following locations and times:

Buck Creek (20 available), 1901 Buck Creek Lane, Springfield. (937) 322-5284. Applications taken: 8:30 a.m. Drawing: 9 a.m.

Caesar Creek (22 available), 8570 Ohio 73, Waynesville. (513) 897- 3055. Meet at the main beach, beach house.

Clark Lake (six available), District 5 Office, 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia. (937) 372-9261.

Cowan Lake (10 available), 1750 Osborn Road, Wilmington. (937) 382-1096.

East Fork (24 available), 3294 Elklick Road, Bethel. (513) 734- 4323.

Grand Lake St. Marys (75 available), Mercer Waterfowl Area headquarters, 5116 Ohio 703, Montezuma. (937) 372-9261.

Hueston Woods (12 available) 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner. (513) 523-6347.

Indian Lake (34 available), 12774 Ohio 235 North, Lakeview. (937) 843-2717. Applications taken: 8:30 a.m. Drawing: 9 a.m.

Kiser Lake (10 available), 4889 North Ohio 235, Conover. (937) 362-3822.

Lake Loramie (19 available), 4401 Fort Loramie Swanders Road, Minster. (937) 295-2011.

Rocky Fork (16 available),

9800 North Shore Dr. Hillsboro. (937) 393-4284. Meet at campground amphitheater. Applications taken at 8:30 a.m. Drawing: 9 a.m.

Spring Valley Wildlife Area (seven available), District 5 Office, 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia (937) 372-9261.

Dates for waterfowl hunting will be announced later by the Division of Wildlife.

For more information, call (800) WILDLIFE or visit

Peregrine nests successful

Dayton's three peregrine falcon chicks were among an estimated 56 young peregrine falcons fledged from 19 successful nests across the state this year. A year ago, a record 60 peregrine falcon chicks fledged from 18 nests.

The Dayton chicks, named Flight, Light and Crystal -- a male and two females -- all fledged successfully, although the two females fell to the ground one time each, but were uninjured and relocated by volunteers.

Their mother, Snowball, disappeared before the chicks fledged and was never found.

Hopefully, the adult male, Mercury, will have a new mate next spring. He is now 17 years old.

There was a peregrine nest in Springfield this year, but no eggs were produced.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2409 or [email protected]

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