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Minimal changes proposed for Ohio 2011-12 deer season

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Only one change was proposed to Ohio deer hunting regulations for 2011-12, and that change would move Fayette County from Deer Zone B to Zone A.

A statewide hearing on all proposed hunting and trapping rules will be March 10 at 9 a.m. in the Division of Wildlife District One office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council votes April 6 on the proposals.

Ohio hunters can view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials March 5 at open house events in each of the state's five wildlife districts. For directions to the open houses, call (800)945-3543 or visit www.wildohio.com.

During the 2010-2011 season which ended Feb. 6, it is estimated 475,000 hunters harvested a total of 237,000 white-tailed deer in Ohio.

The hunting change notes 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 would again have a six-deer bag limit, and those deer would not count against the hunter's zone bag limit.

Either a $15 antlerless deer permit or $24 deer permit and a valid hunting license are required to hunt deer in Ohio. A hunter may take only one buck in Ohio, regardless of zone, hunting method or season.

Seasons and Dates for the 2011-12 season include 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; and statewide muzzleloader season, Jan. 7 through 10.

Proposed Deer Hunting Zones:

Zone A-The zone includes 14 counties: Allen, Auglaize, Darke, Erie, Fayette, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Ottawa, Preble, Putnam, Sandusky, Shelby and Wood.
 
Zone B-The zone includes 36 counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Fulton, Geauga, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lake, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Paulding, Portage, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Union, Van Wert, Warren, Wayne, Williams and Wyandot.
 
Zone C-The zone includes 38 counties: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington.

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