Ohio Deer-gun hunting season kicks off Monday

(Photo courtesy ODNR)
(Photo courtesy ODNR)

COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — Today marks the beginning of the deer-gun hunting season in Ohio.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, deer can be hunted with a shotgun, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger, specific pistol-cartridge rifles or bows from Monday, Nov. 28, to Sunday, Dec. 4, and Dec. 17-18.

You can find details about deer hunting rules in the 2016-2017 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations, available where licenses are sold or at wildohio.gov.

Deer bag limits are determined by county, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

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The statewide bag limit is six deer. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location. Hunting hours for all deer seasons are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

State officials say young hunters in Ohio harvested nearly 6,000 deer in the state’s youth gun season for hunting deer.

The Department of Natural Resources says the harvest from the two-day season last weekend totaled 5,930 white-tailed deer. Last year’s total for the season was more than 7,200 deer.

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.

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