Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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OH: Hunting dates set for fall

Hunting and trapping regs set for 2011-12

Columbus – Hunting and trapping regulations for 2011-12 seasons
were passed by the Ohio Wildlife Council at its April 6 meeting,
according to the DNR Division of Wildlife.

The proposed change to move Fayette County from Deer Zone B to Zone
A was approved. A rule to eliminate the requirement for all
packages of deer meat produced during the butchering process to be
marked with the tag, seal or certificate number was also passed.
The tag, seal or certificate number must be maintained until the
entire deer has been consumed, but the package no longer needs to
be marked.

Hunters can 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. 24
to Nov. 27 portion of the deer season. The sale of reduced priced
antlerless permits will cease after Nov. 27, so hunters need to
commit early to buying and using the extra reduced-cost permits to
take full advantage of this opportunity. The deadline for using the
antlerless permit will be extended to Dec. 4 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 Nov. 28, hunters may take up to two deer in Zone A,
one of which may be on a $15 antlerless deer permit. Beginning Nov.
28, 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. 28, hunters may take up to four deer in Zone B,
two of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits. Beginning Nov.
28, 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. 5, hunters may take up to six deer in Zone C,
three of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits. Beginning
Dec. 5, 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 will again have a six-deer bag limit, and those
deer will not count against the hunter’s zone bag limit.

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

2011-12 White-tailed Deer Seasons and Dates

• Archery season – Sept. 24 through Feb. 5, 2012

• Special area muzzleloader hunts – Oct. 17-22

• Youth deer gun season – Nov. 19-20

• Statewide deer gun season – Nov. 28 through Dec. 4 and Dec.
17-18

• Statewide muzzleloader season – Jan. 7-10, 2012

During the 2010-2011 season, hunters killed a total of 239,260
deer. Approximately 475,000 people hunt white-tailed deer in
Ohio.

Hunting seasons for rabbit, pheasant, quail, squirrel, crow and
wild turkey were approved as proposed. So were trapping seasons for
beaver, mink, muskrat and river otter, along with the hunting and
trapping seasons for beaver, fox, raccoon, skunk and weasel.

2011-12 Hunting and/or Trapping Seasons and Dates

• Squirrel – Sept. 1 through Jan. 31, 2012

• Ruffed grouse – Oct. 8 through Jan. 31, 2012

• Fall wild turkey – Oct. 8 – Nov. 27, in specified counties

• Youth upland season – Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30

• Cottontail rabbit – Nov. 4 through Feb. 29, 2012

• Ring-necked pheasant – Nov. 4 through Jan. 8, 2012

• Bobwhite quail – Nov. 4-27, in specified counties

• Fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum and weasel – Nov. 10 through Jan.
31, 2012

• Mink and muskrat – Nov. 10 through Feb. 29, 2012

• Mink, muskrat, raccoon, skunk, opossum and weasel (Lake Erie
Marsh area) – Nov. 10 through March 15, 2012

• Beaver – Dec. 26 through Feb. 29, 2012

• River otter – Dec. 26 through Feb. 29, 2012

• Youth spring wild turkey season – April 21 and 22, 2012

• Spring wild turkey – April 23, 2012, through May 20, 2012

• Crow (Friday, Saturday, Sunday only) – June 3, 2011 through March
12, 2012 and June 2, 2012 through March 11, 2013

• Coyote and woodchuck – No closed season

Rules and season dates for migratory birds, including mourning
dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen, snipe, woodcock and waterfowl
hunting will be set in August, in compliance with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service’s 2011-12 framework.

All hunting and trapping season dates and rules can be found at
wildohio.com.

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