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Ohio Antlerless Deer Hunt - NEW this Year

Ohio Offers New Antlerless-Only Muzzleloader Deer Hunt October 12-13
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio hunters may participate in a new antlerless-only deer muzzleloader season Oct. 12-13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

<span style="font-weight: bold">"October is a great time to hunt deer in Ohio. This new antlerless muzzleloader weekend is a chance for Ohio hunters to enjoy the outdoors and help manage the state's deer herd," </span>said Scott Zody, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. <span style="font-weight: bold">"Hunters should be aware that no antlered deer may be killed during this weekend, regardless of hunting implement."</span>

In addition to this added antlerless season, an extra half hour of prime hunting time after sunset was added to all gun seasons this year to give hunters more golden opportunities in the field. Hunting hours are now 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

It is legal to hunt antlerless deer statewide with a muzzleloader or bow during this two-day season. No antlered deer may be harvested regardless of hunting implement. Antlerless deer include deer without antlers and deer with antlers less than three inches in length. All hunters, excluding waterfowl hunters, are required to wear a vest, coat, jacket or coveralls that are either solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange.

Hunters will be able to use antlerless permits and either-sex permits during this two-day season. A new tagging procedure administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife requires hunters to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter's name, date, time and county of the kill. Go to the Deer Hunting Resources page at wildohio.com for more information on changes to the game check process.

All hunters must report their deer harvest using the automated game-check system. Hunters have three options to complete the game check:

Online at ohiogamecheck.com;
Call 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864);
Visit a license agent. A list of agents can be found at wildohio.com or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.

Game-check transactions are available online seven days a week, including holidays. Landowners exempt from purchasing a deer permit, and other people not required to purchase a deer permit, cannot use the 877-TAG-ITOH option.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio's deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. Progress toward reducing locally abundant herds can be expected. Strides have been made to reduce deer herds in many counties closer to target levels.

Ohio hunters are encouraged to hunt more does this season to help the needy in their area. The ODNR Division of Wildlife is working with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate their deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort lasts. More information about this program can be found online at fhfh.org.

Deer hunting in Ohio continues to be a popular activity for many who enjoy the outdoors. Ohio hunters checked 218,910 deer during the 2012-2013 season. Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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For more information, contact:
John Windau, ODNR Division of Wildlife
419-429-8359

Eileen Corson, ODNR Office of Communications
614-265-6860

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Re: Ohio Antlerless Deer Hunt - NEW this Year

This has caused quite the uproar over there. PA isn't the only state with deer wars going on.

I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!
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Re: Ohio Antlerless Deer Hunt - NEW this Year

I've been reading about it on an Ohio forum and people do seem upset.When they added the early season in Pa,I remember some showing concern but it didn't seem to be as huge of an issue.I'm sure it varies from area to areas but I've yet to see a muzzleloader hunter actually in the woods in October.
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I've been reading about it on an Ohio forum and people do seem upset.When they added the early season in Pa,I remember some showing concern but it didn't seem to be as huge of an issue.I'm sure it varies from area to areas but I've yet to see a muzzleloader hunter actually in the woods in October.
Really? I actually see quite a few by the camp... We usually have 4-6 guys for that whole week all hunting with the muzzy
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Honestly,I've never seen a muzzleloader hunter in the woods during october.Come to think of it,I don't think I've seen a small game hunter in probably 20 years when I've been out hunting with a bow.Prior to that,I'd see them all the time.
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Honestly,I've never seen a muzzleloader hunter in the woods during october.Come to think of it,I don't think I've seen a small game hunter in probably 20 years when I've been out hunting with a bow.Prior to that,I'd see them all the time.
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Seriously we hunt and there are a few others out there to hunting. Normally Ill tag out and then squirrel or grouse hunt the rest of the week.
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