Ducks Unlimited teamed up with the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Lake Erie Marsh Association to host the 15th Annual Ohio Partnership Hunt in October. More than 120 participants were treated to three days of hunting, tours of wetland conservation projects and other activities across the Lake Erie marsh region of northwest Ohio.
"The Ohio Partnership Hunt celebrates the broad conservation work DU and our partners are doing in the Great Lakes," said Russ Terry, DU’s regional biologist for Ohio. "Our supporters and members can get a firsthand look at the habitat work which supports waterfowling and water quality."
About 20 private hunting clubs and other landowners hosted hunts in this waterfowl-rich area of western Lake Erie. Guests harvested mixed bags of ducks and geese and had the rare opportunity to visit historic properties such as Winous Point Shooting Club. Participants also toured several DU projects encompassing several thousand acres of northern Ohio coastal wetlands.
Representatives from Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Ohio Division of Wildlife and other conservation groups discussed the importance of partnerships in conducting large wetland restoration projects in this region.
"This event is a great way to showcase the past successes of the partnership and discuss ideas for the future," said Scott Butterworth, Ohio Division of Wildlife district manager. "The enthusiasm to undertake new projects is incredible, everyone is always looking forward to the next project."
Receptions and dinner events held during the evenings gave participants the opportunity to meet members of DU's state and national leadership as well as representatives from the Ohio Division of Wildlife and other conservation organizations. The Ohio Partnership Hunt was sponsored by Community Choice Financial and Mossy Oak. Event hosts included Zink Calls and Demars Point Hunting and Fishing Club.