Safe hunting season
The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that the 2001 calendar year was the safest hunting year in the 87 years that records have been kept. Last year, there were 62 hunting-related shooting incidents, including two fatalities.
In addition, the incident rate of 6.07 per 100,000 participants also was the lowest on record.
In 2000, which was the previous record low, there were 69 hunting-related shooting incidents, including three fatalities, and the incident rate was 6.72 per 100,000.
Spring season for turkeys is longer
Spring wild turkey hunters have an extra week to hunt this year. Spring turkey season will be open in Ohio April 22 through May 19.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife biologists predict a banner year for turkey hunters with estimates of between 25,000 and 30,000 gobblers harvested.
The division also anticipates that nearly 95,000 people will hunt wild turkeys during the four-week season, when only male turkeys (gobblers) can be hunted. Hunters harvested a record 26,156 gobblers during the 2001 spring turkey season, the 24th consecutive record spring turkey season.
Legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon.
Hunters are required to have a turkey hunting permit, and can take one wild turkey per day. A special bonus turkey permit can be purchased, allowing hunters to take a limit of two bearded wild turkeys.
A special youth-only turkey hunt, for hunters 17-years-old and younger will be held prior to the regular spring gobbler season, April 20 and 21.
Young hunters must have their hunting license and spring wild turkey permit to participate, and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 18 years of age or older. The young hunter's turkey season is open only on public hunting areas with the exception of Lake LaSuAn Wildlife Area in Williams County.
Wild turkeys must be properly tagged and taken to an official check station by 2 p.m. on the day the bird is killed. Shotguns, longbows, and crossbows may be used to hunt wild turkeys. It is unlawful to hunt turkeys over bait, to use a live decoy or electronic calling device while hunting turkeys, and to shoot a wild turkey while it is in a tree.
Adaptive shooting video
The Buckmasters American Deer Foundation's Solutions for Adaptive Shooting video gives examples of how shooting can be accomplished by the physically challenged, while encouraging participation in the hunting and the shooting sports.
Solutions for Adaptive Shooting presents individuals from across the country who have devised ingenious ways to get back into the great outdoors with rifles, shotguns, pistols and crossbows. BADF is providing the videos at no charge to individuals, organizations and agencies.
Although a shipping and handling fee of $5 per video is requested, those who cannot afford the fee do not have to pay it.
For information on ordering the video, write BADF Disabled Services, PO Box 1628, Northport, Al, 35476, or access www.badf.org/ Features/010801Video.html.