OHIO'S FIRST-EVER YOUTH DEER SEASON A SUCCESS|
More than 5,200 deer harvested during the two days
COLUMBUS, OH -- Young hunters across Ohio took 5,208 deer on
Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23, during the state's first-ever youth
deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
"We are pleased so many youngsters got out to hunt last weekend and
that so many were successful. Hopefully, this season will be the start of a
long-running tradition for many families across the state," said Steven A.
Gray, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
Counties reporting the greatest number of deer killed during the
season were Tuscarawas with 222; Ashland with 184; Coshocton with 152;
Licking with 147; and Ross and Harrison with 146 each.
The youth deer-gun season was open statewide on both private and
public land. Hunters could take one deer of either sex, in accordance with
existing bag and deer-zone limits. Shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns and
bows were legal. All participants were required to wear hunter orange,
possess a valid Ohio hunting license and special deer permit, and be
accompanied by a non-hunting adult.
The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only dates
designed to promote the sport of hunting among young Ohioans. Special days
are also set aside for upland game, wild turkey, and waterfowl hunting
opportunities for young people age 17 and under.
Youngsters and all other hunters will have another chance at taking
a whitetail during next week's statewide deer-gun season, which will run
Monday through Sunday, December 1-7.
Details on youth hunting seasons and Ohio's other deer hunting
seasons can be found in the 2003-2004 Hunting and Trapping Regulations
Digest, available where licenses are sold. It can also be viewed online at