Oak Harbor Club opens grounds for youth bird hunts on Oct. 5-6

The Oak Harbor Conservation Club will open its grounds to local youth hunters, hosting a waterfowl hunt on Oct. 5 and an upland bird hunt on Oct. 6. In the photo is a young bird dog retrieving a chukar partridge.

The Oak Harbor Conservation Club (OHCC) is having two youth hunts  at its DARR Wetlands grounds, 12055 North Toussaint Rd., Oak Harbor. The youth hunts are for young sportsmen who are 10 to 17 years of age and have a valid Ohio Youth Hunting License and hunter orange hunting clothes.

A youth waterfowl hunt will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 , with a youth waterfowl hunting on Sunday, Oct. 6. There will be morning and afternoon hunts on Sunday.

All youth hunters must be pre-registered. To apply for either hunt send an e-mail to Don Hunter at orpa@bright.net. A confirmation email will be sent with the time of the hunt. No walk-in youth hunters will be accepted. For more information call 567-278-1551.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife and the OHCC fund the special hunts, and OHCC members will provide guidance in the marsh or upland fields.

This will be the seventh year that Don Hunter has been in charge of the youth hunts, and said ”the youngsters have a wide variety of skill levels and we build on that experience. Most importantly, we make sure they understand the importance of safety. The young folks also are taught the proper way to hunt and to prepare the game that is harvested for cooking. This is done with the help of great group of volunteers.”

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