COLUMBUS, OH – Deer hunting is an extremely popular activity for
sportsmen statewide, and Ohio’s white-tailed deer continue to provide
hunters across the state with excellent opportunities for success as
they head out into the field. Ohio’s deer-gun season opens Monday, Nov.
28. Hunting remains the most effective management tool for maintaining
Ohio’s healthy deer population, according to the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources (ODNR).
others who have questions about hunting can contact the ODNR Division of
Wildlife toll-free at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). The white-tailed
deer-gun hunting seasons occur at a time when Ohio hunters may have
last-minute questions, and the ODNR Division of Wildlife will be
available to assist. Special call center hours include:
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, for youth deer-gun season.
12-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26-27.
8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28, to Friday, Dec. 2, and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, for deer-gun season.
The hotline will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
Hunting Season Details, Dates, Hours and Bag Limits
annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season gives young hunters the
opportunity to pursue the state’s most popular big-game animal on Nov.
19-20, and it is open to hunters with a valid youth hunting license and a
During the deer-gun seasons, 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. Details about deer hunting rules
are contained in the 2016-2017 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations,
available where licenses are sold or at wildohio.gov. Only either-sex
permits may be used after Sunday, Nov. 27, unless hunting in an ODNR
Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunt. Deer bag limits are
determined by county, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. 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.
are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting
violations to the division’s Turn-In-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline by calling
800-POACHER (762-2437). Established in 1982, the TIP program allows
individuals to anonymously call toll-free to report wildlife violations.
The 800-POACHER hotline is open for calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a
day. Tips concerning wildlife violations can also be submitted at
wildohio.gov. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award.
Chronic Wasting Disease Monitoring and Deer Carcass Transport
are reminded that portions of Holmes and Wayne counties retain their
designation as Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) 2015-01 again this year
as part of the state’s ongoing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
surveillance efforts. Additional rules apply to the harvest of deer from
this area. A map of the area is available at any ODNR Division of
Wildlife office and is posted on the division’s website at wildohio.gov.
harvesting deer within DSA 2015-01 are required to bring their deer to a
carcass inspection station for disease testing. Two locations have been
designated as Carcass Inspection Stations for the seven-day gun,
two-day gun and muzzleloader seasons. Both locations will be open and
staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The dates for these seasons are: Nov.
28-Dec. 4, Dec. 17-18 and Jan. 7-10.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) garage, 1800 South Washington Street, Millersburg, 44654
Industrial Park, 8254 County Road 245, Holmesville, 44633
more information about rules regarding hunting in the Disease
Surveillance Area, CWD or statewide hunting regulations, visit
Be aware that other states may have regulations or restrictions on the importation of deer carcasses from 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
Deer Management Goals
The ODNR Division of
Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations.
The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer
population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing
conflicts with landowners and motorists.