Thursday, February 4, 2010

Same old, same old (Few changes to 2010 deer regs)

Ohio's hunters likely will see only a few changes to the 2010-2011 deer hunting regulations.

Less than one week before the conclusion of Ohio's archery deer-hunting season the Ohio Division of Wildlife released its proposals for the 2010-2011 season. These proposals were presented Wednesday to the eight-member Ohio Wildlife Council which decides on such matters.

Among the changes that impact Northeast Ohio is the proposal to allow the sale of $15antlerless-only tags without first purchasing a $24 either-sex tag. But why on earth someone would want to do that is beyond me. It would be just such a hunter's bad luck to have a spike, 4-point, 8-point or 12-point buck walk by and all he has is a "doe" tag.

At least, however, the Ohio Division of Wildlife wants to allow people who hunt in the various urban deer zones or on a special controlled hunt area to buy antlerless-only deer tags after Nov. 28. As its stood this year I was out of luck when I arrowed a doe just before Christmas in Lake County but couldn't buy another doe tag so I was done for the year.

Also up for a likely change is to allow small-game hunters the opportunity to hunt during the two-day bonus deer season Dec. 18 and 19. That is, so long as the participant wears blaze orange clothing. That's the rule for small-game hunters during the muzzle-loading season and state officials want to extend the allowance during the two-day bonus season.

Being proposed as well is moving eight northwest Ohio counties from the restrictive Deer Zone A to the more liberal Deer Zone B. That will increase from 2 to 4 the number of deer a hunter can shoot in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties.

The proposed deer-hunting season dates are: Sept. 25 through Feb. 6 for the archery seson including crossbows; Oct. 18 to 23 for the three special primitive weapons hunt areas; Nov. 20 and 21 for the youth-only firearms hunt; Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 for the general firearms deer-hunting season; Dec. 18 and 19 for the bonus two-day deer gun season; and Jan. 8 to 11 for the state-wide muzzle-loading deer-hunting season.

By the way, he Wildlife Division believes that when the final count is tallied after the close Sunday of the archery-hunting season that the state's approximately 475,000deer hunters will have killed between 257,000 and 260,000 deer, and potentially a new record.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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