Doe permits could be sold as stand-alone

Columbus – A proposal to eliminate the requirement that hunters
must purchase a regular deer permit before purchasing antlerless
deer permits is being considered by the Ohio Wildlife Council.

Under the proposal, hunters could again buy antlerless deer
permits at reduced prices for hunting in an urban zone,
participating in a Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunt,
or hunting during the Sept. 25 to Nov. 28 portion of the deer
season. The division is again proposing the deadline for using the
antlerless permit be extended to Dec. 5 for those hunting in Deer
Zone C. Cost of the antlerless deer permit remains $15.

The maximum number of deer that a hunter may take in Deer Zone A
is two. Prior to November 29, hunters may take up to two deer in
Zone A, one of which may be on a $15 antlerless deer permit.
Beginning Nov. 29, hunters may take only one deer in Zone A and
antlerless permits may not be used.

The maximum number of deer that a hunter may take in Deer Zone B
is four. Prior to Nov. 29, hunters may take up to four deer in Zone
B, two of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits. Beginning
Nov. 29, hunters may take only two deer in Zone B and antlerless
permits may not be used.

The maximum number of deer that a hunter may take in Deer Zone C
is six. Prior to Dec. 6, hunters may take up to six deer in Zone C,
three of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits. Beginning
Dec. 6, hunters may take only three deer in Zone C and antlerless
permits may not be used.

Those hunting in urban zones and at Division of
Wildlife-authorized controlled hunts would again have a six-deer
bag limit, and those deer would not count against the hunter’s zone
bag limit.

Either a $15 antlerless deer permit or $24 deer permit and a
valid hunting license are required to hunt deer in Ohio. A hunter
may take only one buck in Ohio, regardless of zone, hunting method
or season.

The proposed seasons and dates for deer are as follows:

• Archery season – Sept. 25 through Feb. 6, 2011

• Special area muzzleloader hunts – Oct. 18-23

• Youth deer-gun season – Nov. 20-21

• Statewide deer-gun season – Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 and Dec.
18-19

• Statewide muzzleloader season – Jan. 8-11, 2011

A proposed change during the Dec. 18-19 portion of the deer-gun
season would allow other legal game species in season to be pursued
by hunters meeting specified requirements, such as the hunter
orange requirement for deer-gun season.

Open houses will be held on Saturday, March 6, in each of the
state’s five wildlife districts to provide the public an
opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping
regulations with state wildlife officials. For directions to the
open houses, call 1-800-WILDLIFE, or visit wildohio.com on the Internet.

A statewide hearing on all the proposed rules will be held at 9
a.m., Thursday, March 4 at the Division of Wildlife’s District One
office, 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 7 meeting.

In the future, the Division of Wildlife may look at expanding
the traditional gun season to nine days from its current seven,
said Dave Scott, administrator for wildlife management and
research. Under this format, the season would start on the Saturday
following Thanksgiving and run through the following Sunday.
A caveat to that proposal could be the elimination of the bonus
weekend.

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