Ohio has become one of the premier states in the country for hunting trophy white-tailed deer. This big buck was tagged by Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Ohio Division of Wildlife is moving into a new era of white-tailed deer management with proposals this week that would make major changes in deer seasons, bag limits and hunting hours around the Buckeye State.
The changes proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council at its meeting on Wednesday include:
• Changing from deer zones to county-by-county deer bag limits.
• The elimination of the traditional early muzzleloading rifle season at three public hunting areas in southeast Ohio; and establishing an early-season statewide antlerless-only muzzleloading rifle deer weekend.
• Elimination of the bonus deer gun season weekend held two weeks after the regular deer gun season.
• An extension of the deer hunting day for gun hunters to 30 minutes after sunset, the same as for bow hunters.
• Elimination of urban deer zones.
The proposed 2013-14 deer seasons are:
• Deer archery, Sept. 28-Feb. 2.
• Statewide antlerless deer muzzleloading rifle, Oct. 12-13.
• Youth deer gun, Nov. 16-17.
• Deer gun, Dec. 2-8.
• Statewide deer muzzleloading rifle, Jan. 4-7.
The switch to county-by-county bag limits shouldn't mean much for most hunters. The proposal allows a season bag limit of four deer in 57 of Ohio's 88 counties. Surprisingly, some of the 23 counties with a season bag limit of three deer are in Southeastern Ohio, the state's most productive hunting area. In eight northwest and western counties, the bag limit would be two deer per year.
The head of Ohio's deer management, Mike Tonkovich, said the season bag limits in the southeastern Ohio counties were lower because they were closer to meeting his deer management goals. Last year, hunters in that region had a season bag limit of six deer.
"Six deer is simply unrealistic, " said Tonkovich. "Few hunters harvest more than three deer in a year, and the vast majority take one or sometimes two deer."
What won't change is Ohio's season bag limit of one antlered deer, or buck. The $15 antlerless deer permits would be good all season for controlled hunts, but expire everywhere else the day before the gun season begins.
Hunters must buy a $24 either-sex deer permit before purchasing an antlerless permit. Deer killed in special controlled hunts sanctioned by the wildlife agency could boost the season bag limit to as many as nine deer.
Archery hunters would be allowed to kill only antlerless deer during the proposed two-day, early-season statewide muzzleloader deer hunt.
Chief Scott Zody of the Division of Wildlife said the goal of county-by-county deer management is to reduce the size of Ohio's deer herd.
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