Hunting License Sales Increase

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Recent data collected from the sale of Ohio hunting licenses indicate that more young people have joined the hunting ranks within the past year. Sales of youth hunting licenses are up 12 percent in the state. License sales also increased among adult residents 1.5 percent and non-residents 13 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Good opportunities to get out and hunt in Ohio's fields and forests don't end with the close of deer season. Hunting and trapping seasons remain open through the end of February for ruffed grouse and cottontail rabbit, and through March 31 for crow. The season for coyote is open year round.

"Many hunters consider rabbit hunting to be an excellent time to introduce children to the hunting tradition," said Steven A. Gray, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. "And it appears that more families are taking advantage of the variety of hunting opportunities that Ohio offers."

Cold winter months are traditionally peak times for trapping furbearers in Ohio. Trappers can take mink, muskrat, and beaver statewide through February 29. The trapping season continues for mink, muskrat, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel until March 15 in Erie, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties, as well as Lucas County east of the Maumee River.

Information on all of the state's hunting and trapping seasons, license and permit requirements, and information on hunter and trapper education requirements can be found on the Division of Wildlife's web page at .

Current hunting licenses (2003-2004 season) are valid until February 29. Hunting and fishing licenses for the 2004-2005 seasons go on sale February 15 and are valid beginning on March 1.