From Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- Ohio's popular deer gun season opens statewide Nov. 28, offering hunters a full week to harvest a whitetail. The upcoming season again includes an extra weekend of gun hunting Dec. 17 and 18.
Deer can be hunted with a legal muzzleloader, handgun or shotgun from one half-hour before sunrise to sunset through Dec. 4 and Dec. 17 and 18. With a pre-hunting season population estimate of 750,000 white-tailed deer, the Division of Wildlife anticipates 115,000 to 125,000 deer will be taken during the nine-day season. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season, including many out-of-state hunters.
Hunters may take only one antlered deer, regardless of zone, hunting method or season. A deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license. Hunters are encouraged to take more does this season using the reduced-priced antlerless deer permit where valid.
They are also encouraged to donate extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. The division collaborates with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate their deer are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor. Counties being served by this program can be found online at fhfh.org.
Hunters may take only one antlered deer, regardless of zone, hunting method or season. A deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license. Any time a hunter is allowed to take more than one deer, the hunter must purchase an additional permit.
Ohio is divided into three deer hunting zones. Beginning on the opening day of gun season and continuing through Dec. 4, a limit of one deer may be taken in Zone A (12 counties) and two deer in Zone B (38 counties). A total of six deer may be harvested in eastern and southeastern Ohio's Zone C (38 counties) through the week long gun season.
Those hunting in urban units and at Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunts will have a six-deer bag limit, and those deer will not count against the hunter's zone bag limit. Antlerless deer permits can be used for the entire season in urban deer units or Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunts. Antlerless deer permits must be purchased by Nov. 27.
Additional hunting regulations and maps of the state's deer zones are contained in the 2011-2012 Ohio Hunting & Trapping Regulations. This free publication is available wherever hunting licenses are sold and online at http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/tabid/4414/Default.aspx.
The 2011-2012 licenses will not be printed on weatherproof paper. Sportsmen and women should protect their licenses and permits from the elements by carrying them in a protective pouch or wallet.