First Youth Deer Gun Season Set

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Hunters age 17 and younger can put their skills and training to the test during Ohio's first-ever youth deer-gun hunting season on Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife encourages young hunters and their families to take advantage of this new opportunity.

"The Division of Wildlife has been a leader in providing youth hunting opportunities in Ohio, having already established special 'youth-only days' for upland game, wild turkey, and waterfowl hunters," said Steven A. Gray, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. "We know the future of wildlife conservation in the state rests with our young hunters."

The youth deer-gun season is open statewide on both private and public land. Hunters may take one deer of either sex during this season, in accordance with existing bag and deer-zone limits. Plugged shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns and bows are legal. All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio hunting license and special deer permit, and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

All other regularly scheduled hunting seasons will continue. However, other hunters, including deer-archery hunters, are required to wear hunter orange during this period.

This year, Ohio's regular deer-gun season runs December 1-7. Details regarding Ohio's various hunting seasons, including those exclusively for young hunters, can be found in the Ohio 2003-2004 Hunting And Trapping Regulations or by visiting on the Internet.