September 1 marks the opening day of the fall hunting season, with Ohio hunters taking to forests, fields and waters in pursuit of some of the state’s most popular game, including squirrel, mourning dove and Canada goose. The Ohio Division of Wildlife predicts hunting for doves and Canada geese will be excellent this year. Squirrel hunting should be good, and hunters should still see good numbers of gray squirrels. They should be most abundant in the forested hills of eastern and southern Ohio. The outlook for fox squirrels is expected to be above average, with small woodlots adjacent to crop fields and trees near rivers and streams the best locales. Rail, moorhen and snipe seasons also open on September 1. Teal season opens on September 6 and runs through September 21.
A one-year license for Ohio residents costs $19. Those hunting waterfowl must also purchase a federal Duck Stamp, along with an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, at a cost of $15 each. Federal Duck Stamps are available at many post offices. Ohio licenses and permits can be purchased from license vendors in the state, or online at www.wildohio.com. Detailed information on these and other upcoming hunting seasons can be found in the 2008-09 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where hunting licenses are sold, online at www.wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE. Tune in to the show each week for hunting tips and tactics, and Good luck!