A year after making changes in bag limits due in part to outcry from hunters complaining about seeing fewer deer, Ohio DNR officials opted to not make significant changes for the 2016-17 season.
A host of factors resulted in a 2015-16 season that didn’t meet expectations, as reported here by veteran outdoors writer D’Arcy Egan. Ohio officials have not proposed major changes for the upcoming season in regard to bag limits. Season dates also were announced.
From his report:
The biggest change was a 16 percent increase in the number of antlered deer harvested.
“The year’s harvest was artificially inflated because of the weather and the mast crop failure,” said deer biologist Clint McCoy. “We had predicted a nominal increase of 5 percent to 7 percent. Going forward for next year, we are probably going to see a similar buck harvest, or down just a smidgen.
“Because of the buck restrictions we put in place two years ago, which were more restrictive this past year and into next year, we expect the herd to respond and grow some.”
The proposed deer seasons presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council this week were:
- Deer archery season: Sept. 24 through Feb. 5
- Youth deer gun: Nov. 19-20
- Deer gun: Nov. 28-Dec. 4 and Dec. 28-29
- Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 14-17
“We see no need to make any changes (in the upcoming deer seasons)” said Dave Kohler, head of game management. “We’re still comfortable with the bag limits and use of antlerless permits. There is nothing screaming at us to make changes.”
Open house meetings will be held March 5 for officials to hear from the public, and on March 17 in Columbus. Comments also can be submitted online to wildohio.gov through March 6. There will also be a statewide hearing on March 17 at the ODOW District One office in Columbus. The Ohio Wildlife Council meets April 13 in Columbus and is expected to vote on the proposals.
From Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine, the 2016 Whitetails Wall Calendar features the work of deer researchers Wayne Laroche and Charlie Alsheimer, who reveal the 2016 whitetail rut prediction, based on years of lunar cycle research. Utilize this deer moon phase calendar to find out which days the deer will be seeking and chasing so you can time the rut for the best time to hunt.
“The DDH wall calendar is one of our most popular annual ShopDeerHunting items,” said Dan Schmidt, DDH Content Director and Editor-in-Chief. “The 2016 calendar, just like the ones before it, features some amazing whitetail deer photography that captures deer in all the seasons. It also provides deer activity charts so you can plan your hunt.”
With the 2016 DDH Whitetails Wall Calendar you’ll learn:
- When the seeking, chasing and tending phases of the rut will occur for North & South
- The predicted dates of Major & Minor deer activity in 2016
- Daily 2016 Moon-phase data