Article Posted: April 09, 2005

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Thirty-eight counties to have three-deer limit- 12 more than last season

COLUMBUS, OH - Regulations and season dates have been set by the Ohio Wildlife Council for the 2005-06 hunting season. Ohio hunters will have expanded deer hunting opportunities this fall, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

A three-deer limit in Zone C will be expanded this year to cover 38 eastern and southern Ohio counties, 12 more than last year. The 30 counties of Zone B will have a two-deer limit. Zone A consists of 20 northwestern Ohio counties, and will have a one-deer limit.

“Last season, Ohio hunters had a record kill of 216,443 deer,” said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “With even more liberal regulations in the coming season; Ohio hunters can look forward to another great deer season this fall.”

The extremely popular youth deer-gun season is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20. The regular deer-gun season will begin on Monday, November 28, and run through Sunday, December 4. The archery season will run from October 1 through January 31, 2006. The statewide muzzleloader season will open on Monday, December 27, and run four days through Thursday, December 30.

New this year, the early muzzleloader deer hunt at Salt Fork, Shawnee and Wildcat Hollow will be by permit only. Hunters interested in participating will need to submit a controlled hunt application during the application period, June 1 - July 31, 2005. A specific number permits will be issued. The permit issued will designate whether the hunter can kill an antlered or antlerless deer. This hunt previously was for bucks only. The early muzzleloader deer hunt is October 24 - 29.

Hunters may take only one buck in Ohio, regardless of zone, hunting method or season.
Additional hunting regulations and season dates approved by the wildlife council including Morrow County being added to the counties open for fall turkey hunting and a season on river otter trapping in which trappers will be able to take a limited number of otters within a very conservative framework in 43 counties.

September 1 will again mark the kick-off date for the state’s fall hunting seasons - with the opening of squirrel, dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe hunting.

Migratory waterfowl hunting rules and season dates will be set in August within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2005-06 framework, which will be supplied later this summer.

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