Hunting & Fishing
Ohio Game & Fish

Ohio Game & Fish October 2018

Every month in Game & Fish, you'll discover the best hotspots throughout your region for hunting and fishing. We'll also bring you your state's latest outdoor news, plus plenty of how-to tactics and special strategies designed to make you a more successful hunter and angler.

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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
in the field

Hunting Regulations Changes THE OHIO Wildlife Council approved several regulation changes affecting hunters this season. In one major change, only antlered deer may be taken from public hunting areas following the week-long deer gun season (beginning December 3). In addition, no more than one antlerless deer may be taken from public hunting areas per license year, except from an ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunt.Whitetail hunters in Jefferson County have a reduced bag limit, from three deer to two, this season to encourage herd growth. All other county bag limits remain the same as last year and the statewide bag limit remains at six deer. Only one deer may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. Waterfowl hunters this season get a hen mallard bag limit…

1 min.
ohio calendar

OCTOBER 7 – 8 Statewide youth waterfowl hunting season for youths 17 years and younger. New this year, federal regulations allow hunters 17 years old or younger to hunt waterfowl statewide (on public and private lands) on Saturday and Sunday. All hunters 17 years old and younger must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult 18 years or older (no more than two youths per adult). OCTOBER 12 Woodcock hunting season opens statewide. Hunters are allowed a bag limit of three (3) daily. OCTOBER 13 Fall turkey and ruffed grouse hunting seasons open. A limit of two (2) grouse per day has been set. Fall turkey hunting expanded to three additional counties: Erie, Hancock and Lucas. Harvest records and research indicates wild turkey populations have increased in these areas to a point where a fall harvest…

2 min.
5 guns grilled the waterfowler

BENELLI SUPER BLACK EAGLE III BENELLI’S SUPER Black Eagle shotgun line has been at the pinnacle of waterfowl hunting performance ever since the original debuted in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The latest entry in the line, the Super Black Eagle III is no exception. At first glance, the III might not appear too different from the prior SBE II, but there are noteworthy updates. The first of these is the Easy-Loading System, which Benelli has chosen to carry over from its Ethos shotgun line. The beveled loading port is nice for smoothly sliding in shells, but it’s the redesigned carrier that impressed me because it cures the common Benelli ailment of the carrier not achieving proper lockup when a shooter tries to quietly ease the bolt closed on a shell…

1 min.
load up a new long-distance shotshell

OVER THE YEARS, shotgun shells have come a long way. This year is no different as hardcore duck hunters welcome the introduction of a new shotshell. One of the latest shotshell additions to Browning’s line of ammunition is their BXD Extra Distance non-toxic shotshell load. It’s designed, as the name also implies, to increase lethal range and to provide consistent patterns. To accomplish this, Browning utilizes an aerodynamically stabilized wad with lateral slits and rear fins that act as brakes when the shot cup is in flight. When the fins open after the shot, the wad is stripped away from the shot column to produce improved patterns at 40 yards and beyond. The premium-plated round steel shot flies true and penetrates effectively, producing quick, clean kills and reducing cripples. I spent…

1 min.
the field test

GAME & FISH EDITORS racked five new shotguns in order to give you a heads up about what each gun does best. We shot them in the field, on the trap range and five-stand, and at a sporting clays course. We experienced no major malfunctions after dozens of boxes of shells, but we did find some hits and misses among the group of 12 gauges. Each editor also took a turn blasting clays and targets with all the guns, and settled in for more time with one specific scattergun. We used a variety of shells and shot sizes. Brands included Federal Premium Gold Medal Grand, Hi-Bird, Winchester Super-X and Rio shotshells. To level the playing field, we selected some of the most popular semi-automatic brands. All were chambered in 12 gauge. HOW…

1 min.
our team

JOHN GEIGER has been shooting shotguns since he was 14 when his dad gave him a 20-gauge LC Smith. DR. TODD A. KUHN has been shooting shotguns for 40-plus years and is an avid upland bird and duck hunter. LAURA KOVARIK is a former competitve collegiate shotgunner and sporting clay shooter, and she loves chasing upland birds and ducks. PAUL RACKLEY began hunting with shotguns at 11. He’s hunted doves, squirrels, deer, upland birds, turkeys and more across the country. DREW WARDEN has been hunting birds with a shotgun since he was 13. Ducks are his passion, but he also enjoys chasing pheasant and quail.…