Possession limits for all migratory game birds increased this year to three times the daily bag limit after the second day. Additional details of waterfowl and all other hunting seasons can be found in the 2013-2014 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and in Ohio Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Publication 5295.
Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification is required of all waterfowl hunters prior to hunting. Migratory game bird hunters must call 877-HIPOHIO (447-6446) and answer a few survey questions to complete the HIP certification requirement. Hunters will be provided a certification number to write on their Ohio hunting license once the survey has been completed.
Waterfowl hunter’s age 18 and older must also purchase an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, available at any hunting license agent or wildohio.com. In addition, all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must possess a signed federal duck stamp, which can be purchased at most post offices, at duckstamp.com or usps.com. Shipping time is determined by the vendor for the federal duck stamp so hunters should plan ahead and order early if they are using the online method.
The success of Ohio waterfowl hunters depends on the weather and local habitat conditions as opposed to continental duck populations. Hunters are encouraged to spend time afield scouting and follow weather trends closely as north winds and severe weather to the north often trigger migrations.
Hunters can follow the waterfowl migration this year on wildohio.com. Data from biweekly waterfowl surveys will be updated throughout the season on the Waterfowl Hunting Resources page starting in the first week of October. Areas to be surveyed from the air will be expanded this year to include Mercer, Big Island, Mosquito Creek, Killbuck and Funk Bottoms wildlife areas, in addition to the Lake Erie Marshes.
Hot huntin’ tip
We all have our favorite and often “lucky” hunting hats. Unfortunately, not many things we wear collect more human odor than our hats. To make matters worse, hats are often difficult to wash and tend to build up odor upon more odor.
How to combat hat odor depends on what style hat you wear most.
For traditional baseball-style hats, purchase one of the inexpensive plastic hat frames. The plastic fits around your hat and protects it from washer and dryer abuse and helps it retain its shape. The Scent-Lok hats can be sprayed with a specific odor eliminator and placed in the dryer, while knit hats, and other pull-on hats can simply be washed and dried with your other hunting clothes. Hunt smart and keep you noggin scent free.