Ohio's Popular Deer-Gun Season Opens November 28

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Donation of extra venison - at no cost to the hunter - is encouraged for Ohioans in need.

Ohio's popular deer-gun season opens statewide on Monday, November 28, offering hunters a full week to harvest a whitetail. The upcoming season will again include an extra weekend of gun hunting on December 17-18, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
Deer can be hunted with a legal muzzleloader, handgun or shotgun from one half-hour before sunrise to sunset through December 4 and December 17-18. With a pre-hunting season population estimate of 750,000 white-tailed deer, the ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates 115,000 to 125,000 deer will be killed during the nine-day season. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season, including many out-of-state hunters. 
The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks 8th nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has a $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.
Hunters may take only one antlered deer, regardless of zone, hunting method or season. A deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license. Any time a hunter is allowed to take more than one deer, they must purchase an additional permit.
Ohio is divided into three deer hunting zones. Beginning on the opening day of gun season and continuing through December 4, a limit of one deer may be taken in Zone A (12 counties) and two deer in Zone B (38 counties). A total of six deer may be harvested in eastern and southeastern Ohio's Zone C (38 counties) through the week long gun season.
Antlerless deer permits are not valid in Deer Zones A and B after November 27. The antlerless deer permit will be valid until December 4 only in Zone C.
Beginning on December 5, the bag limit is three deer in Zone C and antlerless deer permits are no longer valid. 
Those hunting in urban units and at Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunts will have a six-deer bag limit, and those deer will not count against the hunter's zone bag limit. Antlerless deer permits can be used for the entire season in urban deer units or Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunts. Antlerless deer permits must be purchased by November 27.
Hunters may take only one antlered deer, regardless of zone, hunting method or season. A deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license.
Hunters are encouraged to kill more does this season using the reduced-priced antlerless deer permit where valid.
They are also encouraged to donate any extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. The division is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate their deer are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor. Counties being served by this program can be found online at fhfh.org
Additional hunting regulations and maps of the state's deer zones are contained in the 2011-2012 Ohio Hunting & Trapping Regulations. This free publication is available wherever hunting licenses are sold, online at wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.
The 2011-2012 licenses will not be printed on weatherproof paper. Sportsmen and women should protect their licenses and permits from the elements by carrying them in a protective pouch or wallet.
The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com


hunter25's picture

Good luck to any of the guys

Good luck to any of the guys here that will be heading out in Ohio for the rifle season. I know we have a few archery hunters but not real sure about the rifle hunts. I have heard some good stories out of the state since I was a kid reading magazines and would love to check it out someday. ANd Retired2hunt has given us some great stories of his experiences there as well. I really like the feed the hungry program they have going on there. Being able to donate meat without haveing to worry about processing fees or doing it yourself should really give a boost to the amount of meat that get s turned in to help. I give a lot of meat to friends and others but usually spend hours prepping it myself as most have no idea what to do when it's still on the bone.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Never got to hunt the rifle

Never got to hunt the rifle season up in Ohio, only the archery season way back when in college.  It was good hunting 20 years ago at that time, but I don't think it was anything like it is now.  I would love to hunt in Ohio with a gun, and actually looked at it for my Dad and I to go to. 

It's less expensive than Illinois or Iowa. However, it does not seem that the success rates are as good.  Maybe it depends on where you go, and there are for sure some monsters walking around out there, but not as many as the states to the west.

I have a buddy who still lives in southeast Ohio who I hunted with in college, not sure if he gun hunts.  I should get in touch with him, and at the very least, we can all watch out for more reports from ManoftheFall.... Wink