COLUMBUS — Hunters will have their first opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer when archery season opens on Sept. 24.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, hunting regulations are similar to last year, and county bag limits and antlerless permit use remain unchanged. The dates of the two-day gun season were moved to Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, and the muzzleloader season was moved to Jan. 7-10, 2017. Overall, deer populations are slightly higher than last year, and the statewide deer harvest could increase 5 to 10 percent.
The statewide bag limit is six deer. Deer bag limits are determined by county and hunters cannot exceed a county bag limit. No more than six deer may be taken from all counties, when combined. Additional ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunting opportunities do not count against statewide or county bag limits. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location.
Shotguns and straight-walled cartridge rifles may have no more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined while deer hunting.
Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset for all deer seasons. This includes gun and muzzleloader seasons. Additional details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2016-2017 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are sold or at wildohio.gov.
Licenses and permits can be purchased online at wildohio.gov and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state.