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    ATTENTION OHIO HUNTERS!!! 2012-2013 Hunting regs coming soon!

    COLUMBUS, OH – The 2012-13 hunting and trapping regulation proposals were presented on January 4 to the Ohio Wildlife Council by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.

    September 1 is the proposed kick-off date for the state's fall hunting season beginning with squirrel and dove hunting. Other proposed hunting and trapping rules will be similar to those now in effect, with only slight changes to fall and spring hunting dates.



    Hunters age 17 and under are proposed access to hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, October 20-21 and 27-28. Spring youth turkey season is proposed for April 20-21, 2013.

    The remainder of the proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting will be heard during a separate Wildlife Council meeting on February 8.Open houses will be held on Saturday, March 3 in each of the state's five wildlife districts to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the open houses can be found at wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

    A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 8 at 9 a.m.. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus.
    After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its April 4 meeting.
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    Any news on the rumor of the pistol calibers being allowed in rifles such as the 44 mag lever actions etc

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    I havent heard anything on anything yet just checked the DNR website and found this..
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    Quote Originally Posted by spiker2930 View Post
    Any news on the rumor of the pistol calibers being allowed in rifles such as the 44 mag lever actions etc
    i would be very suprised if that ever happens. mike tonkovich has said that the deer herd numbers have been reduced in some areas to the point where they are either going to cut back on the number of tags allowed or adjust the seasons. not a good time to be introducing rifles. on march 3 is when all of you who are concerned about the lack of deer in your hunting areas need to show up at these meetings. the odnr does listen, they have in the past BUT it would really help if you show up.

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    i would be very suprised if that ever happens. mike tonkovich has said that the deer herd numbers have been reduced in some areas to the point where they are either going to cut back on the number of tags allowed or adjust the seasons. not a good time to be introducing rifles. on march 3 is when all of you who are concerned about the lack of deer in your hunting areas need to show up at these meetings. the odnr does listen, they have in the past BUT it would really help if you show up.
    agreed, i really doubt, they will ever introduce long rifles even if they are a smaller caliber.

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    it wouldnt be a difference than a pistol?
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    I wonder what regs have already been suggested or considered. Im going to go with reducing the amount of doe tags and antler restrictions..I dont think they need to mess with the season dates just the amounts of doe to harvest, however i think some careful and legit research needs to take place I would say zone C should be reduced to 4 doe and 1 buck.
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    I'll be stunned if they reduce the limits in OHIO for deer hunting. I am sick and tired of the liberal deer harvest limits in our state. They have reduced the numbers dramatically and their estimation of the deer herd population today is WAY OVER ESTIMATED!!!! They are purposefully trying to reduce the deer numbers because of the insurance industries complaints of deer and motor vehicle collisions over the years. The deer numbers in the southeast part of the state has been decimated due to disease, coyote's and high harvest limits. I hope these guys come to their senses and don't continue their trends.

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    I made a post some time ago in another thread about a very good rumour that zone c is going back to three deer.

    I'm going to my first ODNR meeting this year along with an army of residents to voice changes we want to see made.
    Everybody I talk to is saying the same thing as is everybody they talk to, changes are coming !
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    I do agree. We should have a lower limit than what is currently in place. 1 buck tag and hopefully 3, 4 at max doe tags
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    Gonna see buck only counties? I think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spiker2930 View Post
    Any news on the rumor of the pistol calibers being allowed in rifles such as the 44 mag lever actions etc
    This rumor goes around every year this time of year...doubt if it wil ever happen.

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    I would just like to see things go back to how they were around 2005 3 deer in zone c 2 in b and 1 in a...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quikhonda View Post
    I wonder what regs have already been suggested or considered. Im going to go with reducing the amount of doe tags and antler restrictions..I dont think they need to mess with the season dates just the amounts of doe to harvest, however i think some careful and legit research needs to take place I would say zone C should be reduced to 4 doe and 1 buck.
    I doubt the antler restrictions, but if they do ill be really ticked. I also hope 1 buck and less does

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quikhonda View Post
    ...Other proposed hunting and trapping rules will be similar to those now in effect, with only slight changes to fall and spring hunting dates....
    Am I the only one who read this line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary in Ohio View Post
    Am I the only one who read this line?
    I read it......
    But, what are you getting out of it? Or, thinking of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AttilaTheHun View Post
    I'll be stunned if they reduce the limits in OHIO for deer hunting. I am sick and tired of the liberal deer harvest limits in our state. They have reduced the numbers dramatically and their estimation of the deer herd population today is WAY OVER ESTIMATED!!!! They are purposefully trying to reduce the deer numbers because of the insurance industries complaints of deer and motor vehicle collisions over the years. The deer numbers in the southeast part of the state has been decimated due to disease, coyote's and high harvest limits. I hope these guys come to their senses and don't continue their trends.
    You should go to the open house meetings and voice this to the ODNR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatorbait42 View Post
    You should go to the open house meetings and voice this to the ODNR.
    I have already marked my calendar. But it will probably turn out similar to how the politicians react to what the people want. They will continue to do their own agenda anyway!

    Maybe us hunters should start taking Mike Tonckovich through the woods with us and ask him to find the consistently used beat down deer trails that used to be around when they estimated the deer herd at only 350,000 20 years ago and I would see 25-40 deer/day and that was on public hunting grounds. Because I sure as heck aint finding those trails even on private property today as they estimate the deer herd at 750,000 today and I am lucky to see 2-5 deer/day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary in Ohio View Post
    Am I the only one who read this line?
    Am I the only one that read paragraph number 4?

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    So the meeting took place yesterday specific to deer hunting in ohio. however nothing is posted yet on odnr website..
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    Wildlife Council Hears Proposals for 2012-13 Deer Hunting Seasons
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    Seven west-central Ohio counties are proposed to move from deer Zone A to Zone B, according to the ODNR, Division of Wildlife.
    Changes would allow hunters until noon the following day to check in their deer
    COLUMBUS, OH – Seven west-central Ohio counties are proposed to move from deer Zone A to Zone B, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
    Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties would make the transition from deer Zone A to deer Zone B. Also, Madison County, currently in Zone B, would move to Zone A.
    Also proposed, antlerless deer permits could no longer be used the first week of deer gun season in Zone C. The antlerless permits would be valid until Nov. 25 in deer Zones A, B and C. This is a return to regulations adopted in 2007.
    Deer hunters would have until noon the following day to complete the automated game check process. The only exception would be on the last day of any season when automated game check must be completed by 11:30 p.m.
    A hunter may take only one buck in Ohio, regardless of zone, hunting method or season.
    Either a $15 antlerless deer permit or $24 either-sex deer permit and a valid hunting license are required to hunt deer in Ohio.
    Proposed Bag Limits -
    Deer bag limits are Zone specific by permit type. A hunter may take one deer from Zone A, two deer from Zone B, and three deer from Zone C during the entire 2012-2013 season using the either-sex deer permit - only one antlered deer may be taken regardless of Zone.
    Additionally, a hunter may take one antlerless deer from Zone A, and two antlerless deer from Zone B, and three antlerless deer from Zone C during the archery season from Sept. 29 to Nov. 25 using the antlerless deer permit.
    Those hunting in urban units and at Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunts can use the antlerless deer permits during all deer hunting seasons. These hunters would again have a six-deer bag limit, and those deer would not count against the hunter's zone bag limit.
    Proposed Seasons and Dates for 2012 -
    Archery season – Sept. 29 through Feb. 3, 2013
    Special area muzzleloader hunts – Oct. 15-20
    Youth deer-gun season – Nov. 17-18
    Statewide deer-gun season – Nov. 26 through Dec. 2 and Dec. 15-16
    Statewide muzzleloader season – Jan. 5-8, 2013
    Proposed Deer Hunting Zones -
    Zone A — The zone includes six counties: Erie, Fayette, Madison, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood.
    Zone B — The zone includes 44 counties: Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Fulton, Geauga, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lake, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Paulding, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Union, Van Wert, Warren, Wayne, Williams and Wyandot.
    Zone C — The zone includes 38 counties: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington.
    Open houses will be held on Saturday, March 3, in each of the state's five wildlife districts to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. For directions to the open houses, call 800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.com.
    A statewide hearing on all the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during the April 4 meeting.
    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com.
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    Bethany McCorkle, ODNR Office of Communications
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    Final Numbers are in for Ohio's 2011-12 White-tailed Deer Season
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    COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife announced that 219,698 deer were taken during Ohio's 2011-12 hunting season, compared to 239,379 in the 2010-11 season. The top three counties with the highest number of deer taken this season were: Coshocton, Licking and Tuscarawas.

    Hunters showed support for the two new methods of game-reporting that were made available this year. Since deer season began on Sept. 24, 2011, 44 percent of hunters called in their numbers, 36 percent reported their numbers online and 20 percent traveled to a license agent’s location to report their game.

    Ohio's first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties, and hunters reported 168 deer. In 1956, deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties, and hunters harvested 3,911 deer during a one-week season.

    The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio and is frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks eighth nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com.

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    [Editor’s Note: The following is a list of deer checked by hunters during the 2011-12 four-month deer hunting season. Deer season dates for 2011-2012: Sept. 24, 2011, through Feb. 5, 2012. Numbers for 2010-11 are listed in parentheses.]

    Adams – 4,208 (3,914) Licking – 7,275 (7,818)
    Allen – 1,037 (1,291) Logan – 2,283 (2,315)
    Ashland – 2,894 (3,334) Lorain – 2,422 (2,742)
    Ashtabula – 4,645 (5,331) Lucas – 705 (678)
    Athens – 4,385 (4,256) Madison – 548 (591)
    Auglaize – 731 (737) Mahoning – 1,889 (1,930)
    Belmont – 4,785 (5,245) Marion – 830 (964)
    Brown – 3,068 (3,377) Medina – 2,030 (2,121)
    Butler – 1,583 (1,650) Meigs – 4,000 (3,974)
    Carroll – 4,751 (5,721) Mercer – 625 (652)
    Champaign – 1,613 (1,703) Miami – 827 (865)
    Clark – 930 (967) Monroe – 3,727 (3,991)
    Clermont – 3,301 (3,721) Montgomery – 676 (663)
    Clinton – 1,015 (1,101) Morgan – 3,513 (3,742)
    Columbiana – 3,843 (4,627) Morrow – 1,898 (2,143)
    Coshocton – 7,969 (8,837) Muskingum – 6,630 (7,129)
    Crawford – 1,110 (1,234) Noble – 3,936 (4,222)
    Cuyahoga – 691 (625) Ottawa – 416 (404)
    Darke – 819 (842) Paulding – 1,126 (1,440)
    Defiance – 1,757 (2,042) Perry – 3,552 (3,877)
    Delaware – 1,943 (2,121) Pickaway – 1,049 (1,201)
    Erie – 688 (916) Pike – 2,367 (2,304)
    Fairfield – 2,741 (3,058) Portage – 2,701 (2,726)
    Fayette – 282 (333) Preble – 999 (940)
    Franklin – 846 (827) Putnam – 732 (917)
    Fulton – 844 (1,029) Richland – 4,038 (4,690)
    Gallia – 3,435 (3,553) Ross – 3,741 (3,864)
    Geauga – 2,421 (2,458) Sandusky – 766 (799)
    Greene – 1,073 (1,073) Scioto – 2,882 (2,809)
    Guernsey – 6,430 (6,989) Seneca – 1,609 (1,988)
    Hamilton – 2,255 (2,139) Shelby – 1,008 (1,111)
    Hancock – 1,189 (1,465) Stark – 2,180 (2,343)
    Hardin – 1,145 (1,374) Summit – 1,492 (1,343)
    Harrison – 5,716 (6,965) Trumbull – 3,310 (3,647)
    Henry – 723 (939) Tuscarawas – 6,950 (8,158)
    Highland – 3,304 (3,434) Union – 996 (967)
    Hocking – 4,348 (4,221) Van Wert – 646 (835)
    Holmes – 4,745 (5,633) Vinton – 3,177 (3,047)
    Huron – 2,200 (2,315) Warren – 1,632 (1,691)
    Jackson – 3,233 (3,489) Washington – 4,223 (4,594)
    Jefferson – 4,118 (4,880) Wayne – 1,948 (2,353)
    Knox – 5,373 (6,336) Williams – 2,099 (2,315)
    Lake –836 (782) Wood – 705 (917)
    Lawrence – 2,959 (2,843) Wyandot – 1,540 (1,832)

    Total – 219,698 (239,379)



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    i posted this info and a few comments in the state forum. according to my math ohio's bowhunter's(crossbow,compound, long bow,recurve) killed just over 38% of this past season's total harvest. 84,361 deer killed with a bow out of a 219,698 total harvest. p.s. my math can't be trusted but i'm in the ballpark.

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    thank you SF Steve.. I think the changes in bag limits will be good I can still shoot 3 deer in zone C(my primary spot) and still hunt urban to get the rest and not have it count against my zone c limit.

    I do not understand making antleress tags non valid during gunseason would be warrented or what impact that change would make other then people pissed they have to spend 9 more dollars to buy more tags if they only gun hunt..
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    Quote Originally Posted by AttilaTheHun View Post
    I have already marked my calendar. But it will probably turn out similar to how the politicians react to what the people want. They will continue to do their own agenda anyway!

    Maybe us hunters should start taking Mike Tonckovich through the woods with us and ask him to find the consistently used beat down deer trails that used to be around when they estimated the deer herd at only 350,000 20 years ago and I would see 25-40 deer/day and that was on public hunting grounds. Because I sure as heck aint finding those trails even on private property today as they estimate the deer herd at 750,000 today and I am lucky to see 2-5 deer/day.
    Mike tonckovic is a idiot and will continue to destroy our deer herd

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