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Ohio Muzzleloader season Jan. 7-10

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Ohio's popular muzzleloader deer season is set to open statewide Jan.7-10 with as many as 265,000 hunters expected to hunt deer during the season.

Legal hunting hours this season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Ohio deer hunters must possess the proper permits. Regardless of zone, method of taking, or season, hunters may take only one antlered deer during the 2011-2012 deer hunting season. Deer must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest.

Hunters must still report their deer harvest, but are no longer required to take their deer to a check station for physical inspection. Instead, hunters have three options to complete the new automated game check:  1) online at www.wildohio.com, 2) By phone at (877)824-4864, an option only available to those required to have a deer permit to hunt deer, or 3) At any license agent, a list of which can be found by calling (800)945-3543 or checking online at www.wildohio.com.

Ohio's small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons will also be open during the muzzleloader season.

During the overlapping four days, small game hunters and deer hunters must wear a visible solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange coat, jacket, vest or coveralls.

The Division of Wildlife is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to help pay processing fees of donated venison. Donations of extra deer will be accepted throughout the entire deer season. Hunters who donate their deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor and while funding for the effort is available. Counties being served by this program can be found online at www.fhfh.org.

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