For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of managing the deer population and this deer season will be no exception.
Archery season in Ohio for deer hunters began on Sept. 26 and will run through Feb. 7, while deer gun season will begin on Nov. 30 and end on Dec. 6, with a bonus season Dec. 28 and 29. Hunters using a muzzleloader will have another opportunity in the New Year, with a four-day season Jan. 9 through Jan. 12, and youth deer gun season will be Nov. 21 and 22.
Once again, bag limits have been changed from last year. In Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, and Shelby counties, hunters will be under the two-deer bag limit. These bag limits are established by county lines, so you should consult the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) handbook on bag limits in other counties. Hunters this year will be using the electronic checking system, which has successfully reduced administrative concerns during deer season and ensures that permit money is put to better use.
ODNR is tasked with managing the deer population in the state and considers multiple factors before establishing bag limits. We are currently seeing the benefits of a major push a few years ago to thin the deer population in the state—a practice that results in healthier deer. Ultimately, these state policies are focused on improving the hunting experience in Ohio. Whether you are hunting with a bow or a gun this deer season, please be safe and remember to wear your orange.
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The writer represents the 84th District in the Ohio House of Representatives.