From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- A random drawing will be held Aug. 16 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. Because high deer population numbers have begun to negatively impact the nature preserve, reducing the herd is an effective tool to protect threatened plant communities.
Three one-day gun hunts will be held Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1. Applicants will be assigned a hunting date at the time of the drawing and will receive a permit for the day good for two hunters. Applicants must hold a current Ohio hunting license to be eligible.
Applicants should submit a 3 by 5 inch card printed with their name, complete address and day time 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 DNR, 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 Aug. 15. Only successful applicants will be notified by phone. Hunters may apply multiple times, however, each 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. For additional information, contact Randy Beinlich at (740)286-2487, Martin McAllister, at (937)545-8313 or Heidi Hetzel-Evans at (614)265-6860.