Thursday, January 8, 2009

Big changes in Ohio hunting laws

Deer hunters who have permission to hunt in any of the state's Urban Deer zones likely will see the elimination of bag limits next years.

And the statewide muzzle-loading season will be shifted back into January and include two weekend dates.

Meanwhile, their grouse-hunting counterparts will see a reduction in both the bag limit and the season length.

That is, if both proposals are passed by the eight-member Ohio Wildlife Council.

The council heard the Ohio Division of Wildlife's proposals January 7 with the remainder of the proposals for deer hunting to be presented Feb. 4.

For now, the Wildlife Division is seeking an abolishment of bag limits for deer hunters in all of the state's Urban Deer Hunt zones as well as at authorized controlled hunts.

The proposed muzzle-loading season is Jan. 9 to 12.

Ohio's grouse hunting season may be shaved by an entire month, ending Jan. 31 instead of the last day in February and a bag limit cut from three birds a day to two birds a day.

If that weren't enough, the Wildlife Division also is recommending that for the last two weeks of the statewide 2010 four-week-long spring wild turkey hunting season, hunters will be allowed afield until sunset instead of ending at noon.

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