A random drawing will be held on September 2 to select participants for three special controlled deer gun hunts at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve in Jackson County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve encompasses more than 2,000 acres in southeast Ohio. The rich 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 on Monday, November 29, Tuesday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 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″x5″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 2 miles west of Jackson on County Road 85 (Lake Katharine Road). To learn more, call the preserve office at (740) 286-2487.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

Randy Beinlich
ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves

Martin McAllister
ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves

Heidi Hetzel-Evans
ODNR Media Relations