Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations Approved for 2010-11
Nine northwest counties move to Deer Zone B
The proposal to eliminate requirement that hunters must first purchase a regular deer permit before purchasing antlerless deer permits was passed by the Ohio Wildlife Council at the April 7 meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
Also, hunters in nine northwest Ohio counties will be given a higher deer bag limit.
The change to the deer zones includes moving nine northwest Ohio counties from Deer Zone A to Zone B. The counties are Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams.
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 September 25 to November 28 portion of the deer season. The sale of reduced priced antlerless permits will cease after November 28, 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 December 5 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 November 29, hunters may take up to two deer in Zone A, one of which may be on a $15 antlerless deer permit. Beginning November 29, 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 November 29, hunters may take up to four deer in Zone B, two of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits. Beginning November 29, 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 December 6, hunters may take up to six deer in Zone C, three of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits. Beginning December 6, 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.
2010-11 White-tailed Deer Seasons and Dates
Archery season - September 25 through February 6, 2011
Special area muzzleloader hunts - October 18-23
Youth deer-gun season - November 20-21
Statewide deer-gun season - November 29 through December 5 and December 18-19
Statewide muzzleloader season - January 8-11, 2011
During the December 18-19 portion of the deer-gun season, hunters will be allowed to hunt other legal game species in season as long as hunters meet specified requirements, such as the hunter orange requirement for deer-gun season.
During the 2009-2010 season hunters killed a total of 261,314 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.
2010-11 Hunting and /or Trapping Seasons and Dates
Squirrel - September 1 through January 31, 2011
Ruffed grouse October 9 through January 31, 2011
Fall Wild Turkey October 9 November 28, in specified counties
Youth upland season October 16 17 and October 23 - 24
Cottontail rabbit - November 5 through February 28, 2011
Ring-necked Pheasant - November 5 through January 9, 2011
Bobwhite Quail November 5 28, in specified counties
Fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum, and weasel November 10 through January 31, 2011
Mink and muskrat - November 10 through February 28, 2011
Mink, muskrat, raccoon, skunk, opossum, and weasel (Lake Erie Marsh area) - November 10 through March 15, 2011
Beaver December 26 through February 28, 2011
River Otter December 26 through February 28, 2011
Youth Spring Wild Turkey Season April 16 and 17, 2011
Spring Wild Turkey April 18, 2011 through May 15, 2011
Crow (Fri, Sat, Sun only) June 4, 2010 through March 13, 2011 and June 3, 2011 through March 12, 2012
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 & Wildlife Service's 2010-11 framework.
All hunting and trapping season dates and rules can be found at wildohio.com.