Ohio Wildlife Council receives 2019-20 deer hunting proposals

COLUMBUS — Ohio Wildlife Council heard proposals for Ohio’s 2019-20 white-tailed deer hunting season dates and bag limits at its Wednesday meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Proposed season dates are nearly identical to previous seasons, the release said. They are:

• Deer archery: Sept. 28-Feb. 2

• Youth deer-gun: Nov. 23-24

• Deer-gun: Dec. 2-8 and Dec. 21-22

• Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 4-7

Deer bag limits were proposed to remain the same for all counties. The statewide bag limit was proposed to remain at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

As the first step toward electronic permitting in the future, it was proposed that hunters be allowed to carry either a printed or electronic version of their valid deer or turkey permits.

It also was proposed to allow hunters to transport deer or turkey to their residence or temporary lodging without a game tag being attached to the animal, as long as their permit is properly filled out and the hunter remains with the animal.

Another proposal would change the name of the antlerless deer permit to deer management permit, and another would require hunters who harvest a deer within a disease surveillance area to deliver the head to an inspection station only during the seven-day gun season rather than all firearm seasons.

Other proposals being considered were presented to the council at the January meeting. A complete list of the proposed rule changes can be found at wildohio.gov.

The council is an eight-member board that approves Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input.

Open houses to receive public comments about hunting, trapping and fishing regulations and other wildlife issues are to take place March 2 at district office including the District Two office in Findlay.

Anyone unable to attend an open house may comment online at wildohio.gov through March 4.

Directions to the open houses can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling (800) WILDLIFE (945-3543).

A statewide hearing on proposed rules is to take place at 9 a.m. March 21 at the District One office in Columbus.

The council is expected to vote April 10.