BUCKEYE LAKE – Hopes are high that hunters will take advantage of an early goose season to reduce Buckeye Lake’s resident goose population.
The large goose population fouls beaches, docks, sidewalks and grassy areas with their waste. Their waste has led to the high e coli readings and subsequent warnings at all three Buckeye Lake beaches this summer.
Buckeye Lake State Park Manager Jason Wesley said the early season specifically excluded Labor Day to avoid conflicts between boaters and hunters. Geese are fair game starting at legal shooting light until 10 a.m. Sept. 2 -15. The daily bag limit is five geese.
“Our goal is to get hunters access to the birds,” Wesley explained. “We want to give sportsmen the opportunity.”
The early season is only for geese. Hunters are not supposed to shoot within 400 feet of a home or structure. Hunting is limited to water that are part of Buckeye Lake.
“We’re stressing the 400 foot safety zone,” Wesley emphasized.
He added that interest was very high in the recent duck blind lottery. There were 168 participants seeking one of just 16 duck blinds available on the lake. Blinds are located at Brooks Park and Liebs Island. There are no blinds at the North Shore Boat Ramp due to the 400 foot safety zone requirement.
Wesley encouraged hunters to visit the Division of Wildlife’s webpage at http://wildlife.ohiodnr. gov/ for details on licensing requirements for the early season.