Ohio's Youth Deer-Gun Hunting Season Set for November 19-20

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Ohio's youth deer-gun hunting season will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The youth deer-gun season is open statewide to hunters 17 years old and younger. Plugged shotguns using slugs, muzzleloaders .38 caliber and larger, handguns .357 caliber or larger, and bows are legal. All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio hunting license and a $12 youth-deer permit, and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult in the field.

Last year youth hunters killed 8,445 deer during the two-day season. The Division of Wildlife anticipates more than 60,000 youth hunters will participate in the upcoming hunt.

Youth hunters can commemorate their achievement with a First Harvest certificate available at wildohio.com. Upload a photo and type in the youth hunter’s information and a certificate will be e-mailed within a few days to you for print.

Hunters can also share photos of their success in the field online by visiting wildohio.com  and clicking on Photo Gallery. The photo submission process is easy and posted photos may be e-mailed to a friend.

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

This year, Ohio's deer-gun season runs November 28 through December 4, and the weekend of December 17-18. Details regarding Ohio's various hunting seasons, including those exclusively for young hunters, can be found in the 2011-12 Ohio Hunting Regulations or by visiting wildohio.com.

The 2011-2012 licenses are not printed on weatherproof paper. Sportsmen and women need to protect their licenses and permits from the elements by carrying them in a protective pouch or wallet.

Youth hunters that want to donate venison to the needy can do so at no cost. The Division of Wildlife is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to help pay for the processing of donated venison. All hunters who donate their deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort lasts. More information about this program can be found online at www.fhfh.org.

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.


Retired2hunt's picture

  There are many great things


There are many great things outlined in this article.

1.) youth hunt in advance of the normal season

2.) allows a youth 17 and under to participate.  Many states have the cutoff at age 16.  And other states don't allow a youth below the age of 12.

3.) the ability to generate a "first harvest" certifcate - a great idea to frame and hang on the youth's bedroom wall or even next to the other deer head mounts in the home.

4.) Wildohio.com - a great way to publish your youth's picture and story of their harvest.

5.) no cost donation of venison as the state assists through a fund in paying butchers to process the meat for the FHFH.org organization.  But you have to donate while the funds last.

I participated in the Ohio youth hunt myself by taking my two boys to a couple of these hunts individually.  I wish I had known some of these additional allowances as I would have taken advantage of them at the time.

Great for Ohio and for the Youth of Ohio!  Good Luck to all Youth in their hunts this year!