From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- A random drawing will be held on Sept. 2 to select participants for three special controlled deer gun hunts at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve in Jackson County.
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve encompasses more than 2,000 acres in southeast Ohio. The Appalachian forest is cut by deep ravines, and a clear water lake is surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs. High deer population numbers have begun to negatively impact the flora of the nature preserve. Reducing the deer herd is an effective tool used to help protect threatened plant communities.
There will be three one-day gun hunts held Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. . Applicants will be assigned a hunting date at the time of the drawing and will receive a permit for that day, which is good for two hunters. Applicants must hold a current Ohio hunting license to be eligible.
Applicants should submit a 3 x 5 inch card with their printed name, complete address and daytime telephone number along with the caption "Lake Katharine Gun Hunt" and a check or money order for $5 processing fee (no cash accepted) to the ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. C-2, Columbus, OH 43229. Only one name per postcard.
Entries must be received no later than September 1. Only successful applicants will be notified by phone. You may apply multiple times, however, you will only be drawn once. Do not send multiple payments-one check equaling $5 per card is sufficient.
The preserve is located two miles west of Jackson on County Road 85 (Lake Katharine Road). To learn more, call the preserve office at (740) 286-2487.