Muzzleloader deer season opens statewide Saturday

Ohio’s white-tailed deer muzzleloader hunting season is open statewide Saturday through Tuesday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

So far this season, hunters have harvested 188,853 deer overall. During the 2012 four-day muzzleloader season, 19,459 deer were taken.

Hunters must possess proper permits. Regardless of zone, method of taking or season, hunters may take only one antlered deer during the 2012-13 season.

Legal hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until sunset. Deer must be checked in by noon the day after harvest, except on the last day, when they must be checked by 11:30 p.m.

Small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons also are open during muzzleloader season. Hunters (except waterfowl hunters) must wear a visible solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange coat, jacket, vest or coveralls during muzzleloader season.

Deer-archery season remains open through Feb. 3.

Hunters must report their deer harvest, but no longer are required to take their deer to a check station for physical inspection.

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