Ohio Hunting Regulations

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Ohio sportsmen will see little change in next year's hunting and trapping regulations, based on proposals presented January 3 to the Ohio Wildlife Council by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

September 1 is again proposed as the kick-off date for the state's fall hunting seasons - with the opening of squirrel, dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe hunting. Other proposed hunting and trapping rules and season dates will be similar to those now in effect with only slight changes to fall hunting dates.

Proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting will be heard during a separate wildlife council meeting on February 14. This will follow state wildlife biologists' assessment of the 2006-07 deer season, which ends on February 4. Those results will effect suggested modifications to current zone boundaries and bag limits for next season.

Open houses will be held on Sunday, March 4 in each of the state's five wildlife district offices to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the open houses can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or visiting ohiodnr.com/wildlife on the Internet.

A statewide hearing on all the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 8 at the wildlife division's District One 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.