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2011-12 Ohio hunting, trapping regs approved

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Hunting and trapping regulations for 2011-12 seasons were passed by the Ohio Wildlife Council with a number of changes affecting white-tailed deer hunters.

The proposed change to move Fayette County from Deer Zone B to Zone A was approved. 

A rule to eliminate the requirement for all packages of deer meat produced during the butchering process to be marked with the tag, seal or certificate number was also passed.  The tag, seal or certificate must be maintained until the entire deer has been consumed, but the package no longer needs to be marked.

Hunters can 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 Sept.  24 to Nov. 27 portion of the deer season.  The sale of reduced priced antlerless permits will cease after Nov. 27, so hunters need to commit early to buying and using the extra reduced-cost permits.

The deadline for using the antlerless permit will be extended to Dec. 4 for those hunting in Deer Zone C.  Cost of the antlerless deer permit remains $15.

The maximum number of deer a hunter may take in Deer Zone A is two.  Prior to Nov. 28, hunters may take up to two deer in Zone A, one of which may be on a $15 antlerless deer permit.  Beginning Nov.  28, hunters may take only one deer in Zone A and antlerless permits may not be used.

The maximum number of deer a hunter may take in Deer Zone B is four.  Prior to Nov. 28, hunters may take up to four deer in Zone B, two of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits.  Beginning Nov.  28, hunters may take only two deer in Zone B and antlerless permits may not be used.

The maximum number of deer a hunter may take in Deer Zone C is six.  Prior to Dec. 5, hunters may take up to six deer in Zone C, three of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits.  Beginning Dec.  5, 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.

2011-12 White-tailed Deer Seasons and Dates:

Archery season – Sept.  24 through Feb. 5
Special area muzzleloader hunts – Oct.  17 to 22
Youth deer-gun season – Nov. 19 and 20
Statewide deer-gun season – Nov.  28 through Dec.  4 and Dec.17 and 18
Statewide muzzleloader season – Jan. 7 to 10

During the 2010-2011 season hunters killed a total of 239,260 deer.  Approximately 475,000 people hunt white-tailed deer in Ohio.

All hunting and trapping season dates and rules can be found at http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/tabid/4414/Default.aspx.

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