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Ohio approves 2010-11 hunting and trapping regulations

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- The proposal to eliminate a requirement that hunters must first purchase a regular deer permit before purchasing antlerless deer permits was approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council April 7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
 
Also new, 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 Sept. 25 to Nov. 28 portion of the deer season. The sale of reduced priced antlerless permits will cease after Nov. 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 Dec. 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 Nov. 29, hunters may take up to two deer in Zone A, one of which may be on a $15 antlerless deer permit. Beginning Nov. 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 Nov. 29, hunters may take up to four deer in Zone B, two of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits. Beginning Nov. 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 Dec. 6, hunters may take up to six deer in Zone C, three of which may be on $15 antlerless deer permits. Beginning Dec. 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.
 
Ohio 2010-11 White-tailed Deer Seasons and Dates

        • Archery season – Sept.25 through Feb. 6, 2011
        • Special area muzzleloader hunts – Oct. 18-23
        • Youth deer-gun season – Nov. 20-21
        • Statewide deer-gun season – Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 and Dec. 18-19
        • Statewide muzzleloader season – Jan.8-11, 2011

During the Dec. 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 – Sept. 1 through Jan. 31, 2011
        • Ruffed grouse – Oct.  9 through Jan. 31, 2011
        • Fall Wild Turkey – Oct. 9 – Nov. 28, in specified counties
        • Youth upland season – Oct. 16 – 17 and Oct. 23 - 24
        • Cottontail rabbit – Nov.  5 through Feb. 28, 2011
        • Ring-necked Pheasant – Nov. 5 through Jan. 9, 2011
        • Bobwhite Quail  – Nov. 5 – 28, in specified counties
        • Fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum and weasel – Nov. 10 through Jan. 31, 2011
        • Mink and muskrat – Nov. 10 through Feb. 28, 2011
        • Mink, muskrat, raccoon, skunk, opossum, and weasel (Lake Erie Marsh area) – Nov. 10 through March 15, 2011
        • Beaver – Dec. 26 through Feb. 28, 2011
        • River Otter – Dec. 26 through Feb. 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.

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