World championin beagle competition
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Female beagle Shenango Star, co-owned by William McFarland and James Cataldi of Transfer, Pa., outscored all other contenders to earn the title of Hunting Beagle World Champion during the recent 2006 UKC Hunting Beagle World Championship Finals event in Greencastle, Ind.
The championship finals brought together the best beagle handler teams in the country. McFarland, Cataldi and Star had an incredible run to get into the finals, earning a spot in the lineup by beating out other top contenders during one of the zone semifinal events that took place across the country.
By winning the event, McFarland, Cataldi and Star add the prestigious Beagle World Champion title to an already impressive career and also claim a portion of the $10,000 prize package awarded to the winners.
Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 12,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training and instinct. UKC prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events.
To find out more about registration and events, visit the Web site or call (269) 343-9020.
Fall gun show
LOWELLVILLE -- The Mahoning Valley Gun Collectors Association will have its fall gun show Oct. 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lowellville Rod & amp; Gun Club. For more information, call Bill at (330) 506-9194.
Ducks Unlimited event
WARREN -- Trumbull County Ducks Unlimited's 15th annual banquet will be Oct. 20 at G's Golden Gate, 2186 Parkman Road NW. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7. Tickets are $45 per person or $65 per couple. For more information, call Jim Waldman at (330) 393-4636.
Self-defense training
RAVENNA -- Portage Summit Field & amp; Stream Club will offer a concealed carry firearms and self defense shooting class Oct. 20-22. The class, limited to 10 students, will be taught by retired deputy sheriff and police Sgt. Bruce Knodel. Enrollment fee is $100, and all students must be preregistered. For additional information, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to All Outdoors, 1404 Warren Ravenna Road, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444-9751.
Ladies and Youth Day
RIMERSBURG, Pa. -- The Oak Ridge Pointing Dog Club will sponsor a Ladies and Youth Day Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. at the club grounds. Women and youths who participate can experience archery; pistol, rifle and shot gun shooting; and hunting birds with a pointing dog. Preregistration is required. A $5 charge includes lunch. Call Bill Pietrzyk at (724) 327-6946.
Waterfowl seasonto open Oct. 21
Ohio's hunters should be dusting off their decoys and preparing for waterfowl season, which opens in all zones Oct. 21, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
Seasons in each of Ohio's waterfowl zones for ducks, coots and geese open Oct. 21. North Zone dates for ducks continue through Dec. 10 and reopen Dec. 23 to 31. The South Zone continues through Nov. 5 and reopens Dec. 16 and runs through Jan. 28. North Zone goose season continues through Dec. 3 and has a season segment open Dec. 23 to Jan. 7, while the South Zone is concurrent with the South Zone duck season. The additional Lake Erie Goose Zone runs from Oct. 21 to Nov. 5 and opens again Dec. 9 through Jan. 1.
"Good to excellent water conditions in the prairie pothole region of the U.S. and Canada have resulted in good duck populations and good production this past summer and should equate to good hunting opportunity on mallards and other puddle ducks during the 2006 waterfowl hunting season," said Steve Gray, chief of the Division of Wildlife.
Good hunting opportunity is also anticipated from Ohio-raised wood ducks throughout the state. Concern and reduced bag limits continue to hold for black ducks, Northern pintail, canvasback and scaup, but federal regulations allow for full seasons for all in 2006.
A record population estimate was recorded for the migrant Southern James Bay population of Canada geese this summer and production appears to be above average. Locally raised Ohio giant Canada geese continue to have good production statewide and should provide for good hunting opportunity statewide.
Waterfowl season hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset with a six-duck bag limit. The bag limit may not include more then four mallards (only one of which may be a hen), two wood ducks, one black duck, two redheads, one pintail, two scaup or one canvasback. In addition there is a five-bird merganser limit of which only one may be a hooded merganser and a 15-bird daily bag limit for coots. The Canada goose bag limit will once again be two statewide.
Waterfowl hunters should begin scouting their favorite hunting areas to observe bird movement and haunts. Wood ducks and mallards, the two most harvested ducks in Ohio, are available on most streams in the state and state wildlife areas with wetlands. Contact Wildlife District Three in Akron at (330) 644-2293 for the best opportunities in northeast Ohio.

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