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2003-04 deer regulations proposed

Proposed 2003-04 Deer Zones, Season
Dates, and Zone Bag Limits

SEASON DATES AREA
Archery Season October 4, 2003 through
January 31, 2004 Statewide
Special Area Primitive Season October 20-25, 2003
Gun Season December 1st through
December 7th Statewide
Zone R 7 days (2 days either-sex, 5 days buck only)
Zones A
and B 7 days
either-sex
Primitive Season December 27-30, 2003 Statewide either-sex
BAG LIMITS Zone R 1 Deer bag limit for the 2003-04 season
Zone A 1 Deer bag limit for the 2003-04 season
Zone B 2 Deer bag limit for the 2003-04 season
COLUMBUS, OH - A new, statewide deer gun hunting season for youth hunters and an expansion of the existing youth spring turkey hunting season highlighted the proposals submitted to the Ohio Wildlife Council last night by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

A youth deer gun season has been proposed for Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, 2003, according to Steve Gray, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Young hunters would be permitted to bag only one deer of either sex in any county of Ohio. Any deer taken will be part of the young hunters total season limit.

“A new youth deer season is a way for Ohio youth to have an opportunity to hunt our state’s most popular game species on two days when they do not have school,” said Gray.

The youth hunters would be allowed to use any firearm that is permitted in the state’s regular deer gun season. The guns include shotguns plugged to hold a maximum of three shells, and muzzleloading rifles. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

During the youth deer gun season all other hunting seasons would continue, however all hunters including archery deer hunters would be required to wear hunter orange as is required during the deer gun season.

Another proposal to enhance hunting opportunities for Ohio youth includes a youth spring turkey hunting season in 2004, on both private and public land. Currently the season is restricted to public land only.

Ohio currently has special youth only hunting seasons for waterfowl, rabbits, pheasants, and wild turkey. These seasons have been in place for several years.

Following Ohio’s record 202,492 deer taken this past season, the 2003-2004 deer season proposal calls for an expansion of counties with a two deer limit, while eliminating the three deer bag limit in some Ohio counties. The proposal calls for 54 counties in Zone B, mostly in southern and eastern Ohio, to have a two deer limit. Zone A would consist of 29 northern and western counties which would have a one deer limit. And a Restricted Zone, Zone R, would encompass five northwest Ohio counties.

“Even though there will be no three deer counties proposed for the coming season, we expect that next year we will likely need some counties to return to a three deer bag limit,” said Dave Risley, wildlife management and research administrator for ODNR’s Division of Wildlife. “Our flexible system of professional deer management allows us to keep deer populations at responsible, healthy target levels.”

The regular deer gun season will begin on Monday, December 1, the traditional opening day and run through Sunday, December 7. The archery season is proposed for October 4 through January 31, 2004. The statewide primitive or muzzleloader season will open on the traditional date of December 27 and run four days through December 30. The special area primitive hunts will be open October 20 - 25 at Salt Fork, Shawnee and Wildcat Hollow for antlered deer only.

Also, proposals called for the continuation of only one antlered deer being taken per hunter during the year, regardless of season or method.

Hunting for coyotes and wild boar between sunset and one-half hour before sunrise would be prohibited during the deer gun season and the statewide primitive season. All daylight hunting except for deer, coyote, wild boar and waterfowl would be prohibited during deer gun season and on the special areas during the early primitive hunts.

ODNR's Division of Wildlife will hold regional open house meetings on March 2 to allow for public comment on the proposals. A statewide fish and game hearing will be held on March 13 in Columbus. The Ohio Wildlife Council is scheduled to vote on all proposals and regulations on April 9.

Proposed bag limits and Deer Hunting Zones would be as follows (those in bold are changes from last year).

Zone R -- Hunters could take only one deer during the 2003-04 deer seasons, which could be a deer of either sex during archery or primitive seasons, or during the first two days of the statewide gun season or a buck only during the last five days of the gun season. Five counties include: Paulding, Putnam, Henry, Van Wert, Wood.

Zone A -- Hunters could take only one deer during the 2003-04 seasons, which could be a deer of either sex. Twenty-nine counties, including: Allen, Auglaize, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Geauga, Hancock, Hardin, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Ottawa, Portage, Preble, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Wayne, Williams, Wyandot.

Zone B -- Hunters could take no more than two deer during the 2003-04 seasons, of which only one could be an antlered deer. Fifty-four counties, including: Adams, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Madison, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton, Warren, Washington.
 

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Not bad, seems like it might work.I hope it passes i did not like the three deer limit thing anyways
 

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I dont like it. Atleast the two deer limit here in Logan County. After this year you will see a big difference in the quality of deer in the woods. With this upcoming season being the same way, the 2004-2005 season will be bad for quality bucks.

CD, you know as well as I do that the area we hunt in this county is one of the hardest hit during gun season and is getting that way with bow season. I dont like the two deer limit here!
 

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I will agree with you on the two deer limit,i also dont like the 7 day either sex for our county i really like the first two days either sex then buck only.I think the whole state should adopt this ruling first two day either sex then buck only.Should maybe if they would help out the bucks in southern ohio by adopting this ruling maybe those small bucks could grow up.I think we need some manage here not slaughter fest.
 

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The one thing I hope to never see again is the two week gun season. After they did that it was difficult to even see a deer let alone a buck. If you did see deer you had better cherish it cause who knew when you were going to see another.
 

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I also hope that they never go back to a two week gun season.And for the youth hunt,I suppose that's a good idea, but whose to monitor whether Jr or dad will be killing the deer? If they want to do this, they should do it after gun season, the 22nd is to close to the peak of the rut,and most of us bowhunters don't want gun season to open that soon. As far as kids being off school, our school system got tired of all the kids missing the first day of gun season, and made that day an annual parent/ teacher conference day.
 

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I think the youth hunt is a great thing. While I'll definitley not like losing a weekend of bird hunting I think it's an acceptable trade off. I wouldn't want to see it after gun season. The weather would be tougher on the kids and the kids would be getting our overly jumpy leftovers. Most areas the deer are just settiling down come smoke pole season. Most school districts also do not afford the luxary of closing for deer season. Even my school district in northern MI didn't do it for opening day of gun when there were only 2 14 boys in school on opening day of gun. (me, I only bowhunted)

The two deer limit is probably a good idea in some areas with more state ground. post deer season sign has been kind of weak on the public lands I grouse hunt.
 

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I dont like it,The areas i hunt in Harrison and jefferson got hit hard this gun season. Proof is in increased harvest numbers. A 2 deer limit is too much.
 

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aimrite,o hio deer herds will bounce back fast.the odnr pinpoint the troubled areas and adjust .its been that way for yrs.they miss their target they adjust.they can double the herd in no time if they choose and they can go the other way.as said before they can not just please hunters.they have to keep deer population at a certain level.and that level now is much higher than ins. companies,farmers ect. want them at.they are keeping them as high as they possibly can for us hunters.don't think for a second they aren't getting slammed all the time from the ins. and farmers about hunters being #1 priority.
 

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I disagree george, For some reason this area of the state is fragile and does not bounce back like your area in athens. Last time thestate overharvested deer numbers got so low the REDUCED to 1 tag to get them back up. It took about 3 years
 

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aimrite,are you talking about athens county,sorry that has never happened.it is the only county that has not suffered a decrease.there was one year it had a slight increase in # when they hoped for a decrease with the 3 deer limit.and from my perspective and everyone i know that lives around the athens area hunter or nonhunter,one thing they have in athens is a lack of deer .and many i am talking about own land and see 10 30 deer in there fiel at night .these people live there year round and i have seen it myself when there on weekends.now where do you get your info?i have never had a problem finding deer while hunting there...never.
 

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sorry, i just reread your post and i read it wrong the 1st time.i thought it said athens has suffered a herd reduction.read col. dispatch this morn. and they are admitting to overkill statewide.
 
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