The Ohio Wildlife Council has now approved the 2017-18 hunting regulations, and hunters who like to plan well ahead can mark their calendars. Deer archery season will run Sept. 30 – Feb. 4; the youth deer gun on Nov. 18-19; deer gun: Nov. 27-Dec. 3 and Dec. 16-17; and deer muzzleloader Jan 6-9. There will be an increase in bag limits from two deer to three in 21 counties and a reduction from three deer to two in seven counties. Waterfowl hunters should receive word on their seasons soon, but  two changes will see the canvasback bag limit increased to two birds and pintails down to one bird. The youth waterfowl weekend is Oct. 7-8. Fall wild turkey hunting will be open Oct. 14-Nov. 26 with hunting in an additional 11 counties for the first time.  Download a complete list of season dates and bag limits at bit.ly/OH1718HuntingTrapping.

Charity shoot to be held

Shooters are invited to join the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation for a day of shooting and celebration at the 11th Annual Central Ohio Charity Shoot on April 29 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo. Simply bring your gun. All shooters will be provided 100 clay targets, shotgun shells (12 and 20 gauge), lunch, and a chance to win outdoor gear.

Celebrate Arbor day by planting at state park

Families are invited to celebrate Arbor Day by participating in the Keep Ohio Beautiful annual Great Ohio Planting Day on April 29 at 10 a.m. in Mohican State Park. The public can help ODNR staff and volunteers to beautify and enhance the Class A campground by planting 108 new trees. All necessary equipment and supplies will be provided and sponsoring agencies will be assisting volunteers in digging holes and planting trees. Interested participants should register by calling 330-338-8328.

Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated

Wildlife watchers and enthusiasts are invited to attend a ceremony celebrating International Migratory Bird Day and the completion of a boardwalk project at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area near Lake Erie. The ceremony will be held Mat 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the wildlife area off West State Route 2 near Oak Harbor.

Report lists best fishing spots

Anglers looking for really good fishing spots will find them in the Division of Wildlife’s recent reports. In northwest Ohio Clearfork Reservoir is the top choice for largemouth bass, in the top 10 statewide for size and numbers. For crappie, try Pleasant Hill Lake, for sunfish Lake La Su An which is open in early May on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  There are big bluegills here. For channel cats, fish Beaver Creek Reservoir, for saugeye, Pleasant Hill again and yellow perch Findlay Reservoir No. 2. In central Ohio, try Rush Creek Lake for largemouths, Delaware Lake for crappie, Hoover Reservoir for channel cats, and Indian Lake for saugeye (No. 1 in the state). In northeast hotspots, the Portage Lakes will be best for largemouths, Atwood Lake for crappie, Pymatuning for sunfish, Springfield Lake for channel cats, and Mosquito Creek for walleye.

Dick Martin is a retired biology teacher who has been writing outdoor columns for 30 years.  You can reach him at richmart@neo.rr.com.