Ohio’s traditional deer-gun hunting season begins Nov. 30

Youth only weekend to be held Nov. 21-22

Staff report

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s deer-gun season opens Monday, Nov. 30, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Hunting season details, dates, hours and bag limits

Ohio’s annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season gives young hunters the opportunity to pursue the state’s most popular big-game animal on Nov. 21-22, and is open to hunters with a valid youth hunting license and a deer permit.

During the deer-gun seasons, deer can be hunted with a shotgun, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger, specific pistol-cartridge rifles or bows from Monday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 6.

Only either-sex permits may be used after Sunday, Nov. 29, unless hunting in an ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunt.

Deer bag limits are determined by county, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. The statewide bag limit is six deer. Additional ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunting opportunities do not count against county bag limits. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location.

Hunting hours for all deer seasons are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Hunting popularity

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Wildlife hotline

Hunters and others who have questions about hunting can contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife toll-free at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Special call center hours include: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, for youth deer-gun season, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 5, for deer-gun season.

The hotline will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Poacher hotline

Ohioans are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting violations to the division’s Turn-In-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline by calling 1-800-POACHER (762-2437). Established in 1982, the TIP program allows individuals to anonymously call toll-free to report wildlife violations. The 800-POACHER hotline is open for calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Tips concerning wildlife violations can also be submitted at wildohio.gov. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award.

Youth only weekend to be held Nov. 21-22

Staff report