Free outdoor skills instruction offered

Area residents have two opportunities to have some fun in the outdoors by learning new skills.

First they can participate in the annual Family Outdoor Skills Day on Sept. 20 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The event is free and will feature instruction and participation in archery, shotgun, rifle and pellet gun shooting at the Spring Valley Shooting Range in Greene County. All range fees will be waived and the equipment and ammunition will be provided.

For information, call 937-372-9261. The Spring Valley Range is located at 3450 Houston Rd., Waynesville.

The second opportunity is for Ohio women who can sign up for the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop. It is scheduled for Oct. 3-5 at Recreation Unlimited in Ashley in Delaware County.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is a national program designed to introduce women to a variety of outdoor skills in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Registration is available at wildohio.gov or by calling (800) WILDLIFE. A fee (around $200) includes instruction, program materials, use of equipment and facilities, meals, lodging and take-home items. Participants can learn skills such as firearm safety, canoeing and kayaking, hunting, photography, archery and fishing.

Hunt at Kiser Lake: A lottery will be held Saturday for bow hunters wishing to participate in this year’s archery season for white-tailed deer at Kiser Lake State Park.

A total of 20 lottery applicants will be selected for bow-hunting privileges and assigned to one of five bow-hunting zones within the state park. Lottery winners will be permitted to hunt in their assigned zone during a portion of the statewide archery season, from Oct. 15 through Feb. 1.

The lottery will be held at 8 a.m. at the Kiser Lake State Park office, 4889 North Ohio 235, Conover. Applicants must be present to participate in the drawing.

Applicants must possess a current Ohio hunting license and deer tag. Those under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract. For more information, call 937-322-5284.

They’re heeere: It didn’t take long for Beavercreek resident and arborist Tim Turner to respond by email to the column I wrote for last Monday’s paper about some invasive species and global warming. One of the species was the Asian tiger mosquito. The National Wildlife Federation report said the pesky, often-disease-carrying insect was not yet in Ohio.

Wrong. Turner not only said he has seen them, he provided a 2013 photograph he said he took in his backyard. If you would like to see them, go to bugguide.net/node/view/897662/bgimage.

It’s all the more reason when you plan to spend some time outdoors to take along some insect repellent. I sure wouldn’t want to be bitten by something with striped legs and the word “tiger” in its name.

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