From Ohio Department of Natural Resouces
-- Ohio sportsmen will notice a few changes in next year's hunting and trapping regulations, based on proposals presented Jan. 9 to the Ohio Wildlife Council by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Fall turkey hunters would be able to hunt the entire season, from Oc. 11 through Nov. 30, with a shotgun, muzzleloading shotgun, bow or crossbow. This proposal adds 35 days to fall turkey gun hunting. Nine additional northeast Ohio counties would also be open for fall turkey hunting, bringing the total to 46 counties statewide. A map of counties open to hunting is available at wildohio.com.
Sept. 1 is again proposed as the kick-off date for the state's fall hunting seasons--with the opening of squirrel, dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe hunting. Other proposed hunting and trapping rules and season dates will be similar to those now in effect, with only slight changes to fall hunting dates.
Proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting will be heard during a separate wildlife council meeting on Feb. 6. This will follow state wildlife biologists' assessment of the 2007-08 deer season, which ends on Feb. 3. Those results will affect suggested modifications to current zone boundaries and bag limits for next season.
Open houses will be held on Sunday, March 2 in each of the state's five wildlife district offices to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the open houses can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or visiting www.wildohio.com.
A statewide hearing on all the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 6 at the wildlife division's District One Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its April 2 meeting.