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Deer archery season opens Sept. 24

Deer archery season opens Sept. 24

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio’s popular deer archery season opens statewide Saturday, Sept. 24 and closes Feb. 5, 2023.

The 2021-22 deer season saw a record 95,303 deer taken with a bow, or 48% of the total harvest. Archery hunting continues to grow in popularity, partially driven by the accessibility of crossbow hunting. Approximately 71% of Ohio’s bow harvest was with a crossbow, although compound, recurve, and longbows remain in favor of many archers.

October and November are the most popular months for bow hunters because of increased deer activity during the breeding season. For more tips, visit the Wild Ohio Harvest Community’s Getting Started: Deer Hunting page at wildohio.gov.

Ohio offers additional seasons for hunters to pursue deer. Youth-only firearms hunting is open for hunters under the age of 18 the weekend of Nov. 19-20. The seven-day deer gun season is Nov. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 4, with a bonus weekend Dec. 17-18. Deer muzzleloader season is Jan. 7 until Jan. 10, 2023.

Archery season opened in the Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance area of Hardin, Marion and Wyandot counties Sept. 10, with an early gun season in those counties from Oct. 8-10. Find complete details in the 2022-23 Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

Bowhunters can find hunting opportunities near them on both public and private land. The Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership incentivizes landowners to allow hunters access to their property. Hunters can obtain a free daily permit to gain hunting access on private lands via the HuntFish OH mobile app or at wildohio.gov. To date, 18,400 acres of private land are accessible through the OLHAP program.

Deer hunters can download the free HuntFish OH mobile app to buy licenses and permits, view maps of public hunting areas, see the current hunting regulations, or check game even without a cellular connection. The app is available for Android and iOS users in the app store.

A deer management permit costs $15 and may be used to harvest antlerless deer. Deer management permits are used to improve the overall health of the state’s deer population and create better hunting opportunities. Deer management permits are valid on private land and select public hunting areas until Nov. 27, and during authorized controlled hunts.

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