Ohio deer-gun season starts today

Ohio's week-long deer-gun season started today and will continue through Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Sandusky Register Staff
Nov 26, 2012

 

After this week there will be an additional weekend of gun hunting Dec. 15-16.

“Deer-gun season is a great Ohio tradition and an opportunity for hunters to spend time with friends and family in the outdoors,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer in a statement. “I encourage everyone to take proper safety precautions, such as using a safety harness while in a tree stand, wearing hunter orange and being aware of their surroundings.”

ODNR's Division of Wildlife estimates 420,0000 hunters will have more than 80,000 deer checked and tagged during the hunt.

“Ohio has long managed our deer with the goal of producing both a high-quality herd balanced by a tolerable quantity of animals for all to enjoy,” said Scott Zody, chief of ODNR’s Division of Wildlife. “I greatly appreciate the awareness of both our resident and non-resident hunters recognizing quality deer management means harvesting does and not just bucks. As a result, Ohio is a top 10 whitetail hunting destination.”

The white-tailed deer is Ohio’s most popular game animal, according to ODNR. Ohio ranks eighth nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has an $859 million economic impact each year in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.

Hunters are encouraged to donate any extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. ODNR Division of Wildlife is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate deer are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor. To see which counties are involved in this program, go to fhfh.org.

More information can be found in the 2012-13 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and at wildohio.com.

Comments

queenjhb

never ate deer meat, tried bison, it was pretty good. A good food source, but still, they are so beautiful, and a treat to see once in a while . Wild pigs not so cute, but , very smart. Be safe out there.

totallyamazed

Good luck and take out a coyote or two while you're at it.

queenjhb

ok i get deer season, but what else is hunted and when. Im just curious. No coyote hunting? Do we have Elk in Ohio? Do they have coon hunting?

Randy_Marsh
queenjhb

Thanks Randy, wow I really had no idea so many hunting choices, times ,dates, coyote season pretty much all the time, that was a surprise. Hunters, as a group, must be pretty darn careful, I really only was aware of deer season and duck season. You rarely hear about any mishaps, here I only thought hunting happened in November. [ the drunk ,shoot anything steretype of hunters is coming across a bit silly now].Still be safe. very interesting.

Randy_Marsh

@queenjhb
Most sportsmen are conservationalist as well. Without hunting and taking of game populations get out of control and things get real ugly real quick, Coyote populations have exploded and disease and starvation are a real threat. Once populations get down they usually add a bag limit to them as they do with deer and other game.

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2cents

A good start! I hit two out of five driving on RT2 between RT250 and Rye Beach at the same time, almost hit two more in Columbia Station three days ago. They are really thick, everywhere, a lot dead on the road around the North Olmstead area, no hunting in the city. Only with cars!

queenjhb

I have hit 5 deer in the past 30 years, scary and sad but really scary.... Happy dodgeing the deer especially at dusk in the country, may we all avoid the deer this time around.

BEHAPPY

Great news huh TOTALLYAMAZED~Alot of guys are going to be able to put their big boys pants on~makes them feel like men. ; )

totallyamazed

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Oh, ok. Bet you're not a farmer nor a mother of a small child out in the country. If you were I bet your big-boy pants would be on right now. Coyote can be somewhat more then just noisy "dogs" howling in the night. As far as hunting deer, read on down the page to what Scientist has to say.
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Good 2 B Me

I just don't see the thrill. If I want meat, I will go buy some. It is much quicker and severly warmer. Not to mention I can do it at any time of day in any season.

TheScientist

That's great, good for you. I'm the same way. However, it's not all about "thrill." Most hunters see it as an obligation, as well as a tradition. They have the means, the skill and ability to help curb a population that could (and does) grow out of control. I also have hit deer with my car. Two weeks ago was my last deer strike. Had I not been paying attention, the buck would have come up through my windshield. My 3 small kids were in the car with me. It could have been tragic. Instead, I was able to avoid a direct head on collision. Hunters make it so there are less deer vs. auto accidents, there is food on their tables, as well as in the bellies of the less fortunate.

totallyamazed

Thank you for explaining the need to thin the herd on a yearly basis. Some years more than others. The way it sounds the deer population is thick this year as is the coyote.

TheScientist
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Thanks for the link. They made good points concerning the need to thin the herd. Fine service they're doing by feeding the hungry.
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eriemom

This past summer's drought hit southern Ohio hardest. I wonder if it has pushed the herd north. I do seem to be seeing many more this year in the fields and dead at the side of roads.

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2cents

LOL, I clipped the feet of a dead one last night laying in the middle of RT90 just east of Elyria.

starryeyes83

I bet Bugs and Daffy are happy.

nosey rosey

I hate murder season. Just men trying to feel like they are important by killing defenseless animals and women who wish they were men.

Randy_Marsh

If you seen how the animals are treated in a slaughter house, Or for that matter how many animals are ground up picking your vegetables you would never eat from a store ever again. During hunting season the cleaner the kill the better. The animal doesnt suffer half as much than at a mega farm.

TheScientist

Better not eat eggs or chicken. You don't want to know what happens to newly hatched male chickens.

queenjhb

I'm not a hunter, and I dont like wire traps, or cruel torture hunting, or bow hunting ,or skinning animals alive. Yet ,I do see a need to thin the herd out , helps cut down on disease and starvation. Im sure deer is a good food source. I dont want to see a deer hung up in my neighbors tree, or piled up in the back of a pickup truck. I hate to see deer dead on the side of the road, but I would hate to see them starving in winter, or getting sick w/ diseases transmitted by overcrowding. Shooting deer is possibly the best way to deal w/ this situation. Birth control hasnt seemed to work in the past, I dont know of any other solution.

John Harville

Live in one of the three top kill counties - usually 3,000 in a week. Live in a subdivision surrounded by harvested cornfields with a large woods about 1,000 feet on other side of field. Keep children, even small animals, and livestock (for farmers) inside until absolute dark - even white cows with black spots can be targets. Expect at least one accidental human death - and at least one death from two 'big boys' getting in a squabble over a woman or a card game or the last beer. Pass a checking station on your way with your family to a tree-lighting ceremony as some fool points to a dead dear in the back of a truck and elicits screams from children with "Oh look! Somebody shot Rudolph!" One last venture... through the tree farm with family looking for the Christmas tree and come upon a dead deer some 'responsible' hunter gave up chasing. Ah yes, the joy of gun-week.

BEHAPPY

I agree JOHN~the other side of the coin~irresponsible little children feeling BIG for the season.

verdict

re: John Harville's "even white cows with black spots can be targets" and whatnot

Whoa. I finally found someone who is even more extreme than Obama on Gun Rights (considering that even Obama spoke - keyword "spoke" - in favor of Hunters). And there I was thinking that John Harville was in lockstep with Obama when, in reality, he actually wishes to step out in front and one-up him.

Can you provide some links to back up these claims of all this death and chaos that you are suggesting will result?
And answer us what, in your mind, is the significance of the "even white cows with black spots" remark?