Changes to Ohio Deer & Turkey Hunting Laws
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PENDING CHANGES TO OHIO DEER & TURKEY HUNTING REGULATIONS

Process for changing Ohio Deer & Turkey Hunting Laws
Rules that control deer and turkey hunting in Ohio are determined by the Ohio Wildlife Council.  They face a delicate task of balancing hunter desires with the management of wildlife.  Annual changes to the Ohio hunting regulations are based on state wildlife management assessments and the interest of the public. The public is afforded an opportunity each year to comment on proposed rule changes before the new year’s hunting regulations are published.
 

In early January, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife presents its proposed regulations for the next year to the Ohio Wildlife Council which may get revised slightly after reviewing data at the end of the deer season.  The ODNR Division of Wildlife releases the change proposals to the public by publishing them on their website.  Around the first week of March, an open house meeting is held in each of the state’s five wildlife districts to allow the public a chance to comment on the proposed hunting regulations.  If you want to show support for or against these changes, you may want to mark your calendar and attend this meeting which is open to the public.  About three weeks later, a state wide hearing is held at the wildlife district One Office in Columbus.  The Ohio Wildlife Council considers the public’s input and determines the new rules.

 

 

Proposed Changes to Regulations for 2014-2015 

On the 8th of January and the 5th of February, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife presented its proposals for hunting regulation changes for the next year to the Ohio Wildlife Council.  There don’t seem to be any major rule changes being proposed that will impact turkey hunting except youth hunters will be allowed to harvest up to two wild turkeys during the 2015 two-day youth season.  The fall turkey season is being proposed to start on 13 October and end on 30 November 2014.  The youth spring turkey hunt is proposed for April 18-19 followed by the regular spring turkey season running April 20 through May 17, 2015.  The ODNR Division of Wildlife released the proposed 2015 turkey hunting season dates to the public on 9 January in a Wildlife News Release on their website at http://ohiodnr.com.

 

On the 5th of February, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife presented its proposals for deer hunting regulation changes to the Ohio Wildlife Council.  Some major changes impacting deer hunting are being proposed for the 2014-2015 hunting season.  They include a reduction in the use of antlerless permits and the potential use of some center-fire rifles chambered in pistol calibers.

 

The ODNR has concluded that the deer herd in many counties have been reduced to the desired level and use of antlerless permits in those counties are no longer needed.  They propose eliminating antlerless permits for 27 counties and reducing the number for several other counties.  The statewide limit of 9 deer by hunting various counties and only one antlered deer would still stand.

 

A second major change being proposed is the use of some rifles using pistol-cartridge ammunition.  They are not considered high-powered rifles and will be limited to three live rounds.  The types of rifles being considered are .357 Magnum, .357 Maximum, .38 Special, .375 Super Magnum, .375 Winchester, .38-55, .41 Long Colt, .41 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .444 Marlin, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .45 Long Colt, .45 Winchester Magnum, .45 Smith & Wesson, .454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .45-70, .45-90, .45-110, .475 Linebaugh, .50-70, .50-90, .50-100, .50-110 and .500 Smith & Wesson.

 

Bag limits are also being adjusted to reflect the reduction in the deer population in many counties. A reduction is proposed for 44 counties and an increase in 5 counties.  The other 39 counties would remain the same.

 

Archery season is proposed to start on the 27th of September and continue through the 1st of February 2015.  The deer antlerless muzzleloader season is proposed for 11-12 Oct 2014.  Youth deer gun season is to be 22-23 November 2014.  The regular gun season is scheduled to be 1- 7 December 2014.  The statewide muzzleloader season is planned to start on Friday, the 2nd of January and go through Monday, the 5th of January 2015.

 

The ODNR Division of Wildlife released the proposed deer hunting changes to the public on 6 February in an new release article on their website at http://ohiodnr.com.  You are given an opportunity to comment in person or submit comments in writing by clicking on a link to a form in the ODNR news release.  A statewide hearing of all the proposed rules is scheduled for 1 March 2014.  After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council is expected to vote on the proposed rules on 9 April 2014.

 

The new official hunting regulations, when finalized and published, will be available online from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at their Wild Ohio Customer Center.   Be sure to review or obtain a copy of them prior to your hunting trip to ensure you are aware of any changes that get approved.  If you want to learn more about hunting white tail deer and wild turkey in southeastern Ohio visit http://hunt-ohio-deer-and-turkey-on-public-land.com.

 

 

   
  

 

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