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Published: Sat, October 14, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



REGION

Annual fall auction

LORDSTOWN -- The Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society will have its fall auction Sunday at the Lordstown Administration Building. Available will be fish, plants, food and equipment. Registration for sellers and buyers begins at 11 a.m. and the sale starts at noon. There also will be refreshments and raffles. Admission is free. For more information, call Tom at (330) 758-3043 or Mike at (330) 788-5064 or Dan at (724) 378-9053.

Fall Fling flea market

LOWELLVILLE -- The first Fall Fling community indoor/outdoor flea market will be Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lowellville Rod & amp; Gun Club. Vendors of all sorts with new and used merchandise are welcome. Drawings will be held throughout the day, and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Ron Joy at (330) 744-2657 or 651-0218.

Fall gun show

LOWELLVILLE -- The Mahoning Valley Gun Collectors Association will have its fall gun show next Saturday and Sundayfrom 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 Friday 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 Friday through next Sunday. 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.

OHIO

Fall wildfire seasonarrives in Buckeye State

COLUMBUS -- Ohioans living in rural areas who plan to burn debris outdoors this fall are urged to take extra precautions and follow the state's outdoor burning regulations, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.

"Ohio typically has around 800 wildfires reported each year," said John Dorka, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. "During this year's spring fire season alone, some 640 reported wildfires burned more than 3,200 acres in Ohio."

Fall is an especially dangerous time since fallen leaves and dry grasses are good tinder for wildfires. Dry conditions will persist until colder and wetter weather arrives. Ohio's burning regulations reflect these seasonal changes, Dorka added.

Ohio law prohibits open debris fires from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November in the fall, and March, April and May in the spring.

With warm and dry conditions, a little wind can easily cause a debris fire to spread to nearby fields and woods. If a fire does escape control, the local fire department should be notified immediately. Any escaped wildfire, even one burning in grass or weeds, is dangerous. Violators of Ohio's burning regulations are subject to citations and fines. Residents should also check Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations and consult with local fire officials before burning anything outdoors.

Waterfowl seasonto open next Saturday

Ohio's hunters should be dusting off their decoys and preparing for waterfowl season, which opens in all zones next Saturday, 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 next Saturday. 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 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.

Contact Wildlife District Three in Akron at (330) 644-2293 for the best opportunities in northeast Ohio.




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