Ohio Deer Hunting Regulations

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Ohio archery deer hunters may have the opportunity to take additional doe deer this fall if a proposed regulation is accepted by the Ohio Wildlife Council, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Under the proposal, hunters could buy additional anterless deer permits, currently known as urban deer permits, at reduced prices for hunting in an urban zone, participating in a controlled hunt, or hunting during the September 29 to November 25 portion of the archery season. The anterless deer permit would cost $15 and be good for doe deer only.

Archery hunters would be required to purchase a regular deer permit before purchasing the anterless deer permits. Using the proposed permit system, hunters could take up to one additional antlerless deer in Zone A, up to two additional antlerless deer in Zone B and up to three additional antlerless deer in Zone C. Use of the anterless deer permit during the first part of the archery season would not count against the hunter's zone bag limit.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of last year's deer season, which was a record harvest. The proposed reduced-cost antlerless deer permit could provide an incentive to archers to take more does during the early archery season. This will help our deer population management plan stay on track," said Dave Risley, administrator for wildlife management and research for the Division of Wildlife.

Archery season would run from Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, February 3, 2008. The popular youth deer-gun season is proposed for Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18. Regular deer-gun season will run Monday, November 26 through Sunday, December 2. An additional deer-gun hunting weekend is proposed for Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16. Statewide muzzleloader season will run Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30. Special area muzzleloader hunts would be open Monday, October 22 through Saturday, October 27 at Salt Fork, Shawnee and Wildcat Hollow. Muzzleloader hunts at these areas are by special permit only, with a random drawing held prior to the season for a limited number of antlered bucks and unlimited number of antlerless or doe permits.

The proposed regulations maintain the same deer zones as the last two years. A three-deer limit (Zone C) would cover 38 central, south, southeastern and southwestern counties. The 30 counties of Zone B would have a two-deer limit, and the 20 northwestern counties of Zone A would have a one-deer limit. A hunter may take only one buck in Ohio, regardless of zone, hunting method or season.

During the youth deer-gun season, young hunters would be permitted to bag only one deer of either sex in any county of Ohio. Any deer taken would be part of the young hunter's total season limit.

During the 2006-2007 season, which concluded February 4, hunters bagged a record of more than 235,000 deer. Approximately 475,000 people hunted white-tailed deer in Ohio this year.

Open houses are scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 in each of the state's five wildlife district offices. These forums will provide the public with an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the meetings can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or by visiting www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/publicmeetings/councilmeetings.htm.

A statewide hearing on the proposed deer-hunting rules is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the District One Wildlife Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its April 4 meeting.

Proposed bag limits and Deer Hunting Zones FOR THE 2007-08 SEASON:

  • Zone A -- Hunters could take only one deer during the 2007-2008 seasons, which could be a deer of either sex. The zone includes 20 counties: Allen, Auglaize, Darke, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Ottawa, Paulding, Preble, Putnam, Sandusky, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood.
  • Zone B -- Hunters could take no more than two deer during the 2007-2008 seasons, of which only one could be an antlered deer. The zone includes 30 counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Fayette, Geauga, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Huron, Lake, Logan, Lorain, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Portage, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Union, Warren, Wayne, Wyandot.
  • Zone C -- Hunters could take no more than three deer during the 2007-2008 seasons, of which only one could be an antlered deer. The zone includes 38 counties: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton, Washington.