It’s that time of year again! Proposed changes to the 2017-2018 Ohio deer season have been approved. Want to know if any of these changes will affect you? Well, here’s the rundown. The majority of the changes centers around county bag limits, so depending on where you live, it may have gotten better, or even worse. These are the counties with changes:
Counties decreasing from a 3-deer bag limit to a 2-deer limit are:
Counties increasing from 2-deer limit to a 3-deer limit include:
If your county was not listed above, then your bag limit will be the same as it was last season. If you do not know your limit, please go to the Ohio DNR wildlife page to find out. It is your responsibility to know the rules and regulations before you go; ignorance of the law is no excuse, especially in this day and age where news and information is pretty much always at your fingertips!
The statewide bag limit will remain at six, with only one of these, of course, being antlered. And remember, this is statewide; you cannot exceed the limit in your county!
Okay, what about dates for the 2017-2018 season? Here’s everything you need to know:
- Deer Archery: Sept 30, 2017 – Feb 4, 2018
- Youth Deer Gun: Nov 18 – 19, 2017
- Deer Gun: Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017
- 2nd Deer Gun: Dec 16 – 17, 2017
- Deer Muzzleloader: Jan 6 – 9, 2018
Ohio has again approved the use of straight-walled rifle cartridges. This year any straight-walled cartridge rifles with a minimum caliber of .357 up to a maximum caliber of .50 will be allowed. This will be the 4th straight deer season where straight-walled rifles have been permitted to be used, and it looks like this will now be a permanent change. However, with that said, one never knows what the future holds. We can only hope that hunters continue to be responsible and follow the laws; sometimes it only takes a few bad apples to ruin things for everyone.
So, this pretty much sums up the changes to Ohio’s 2017-2018 deer season. Remember, it is your responsibility to know the rules and regulations. There are usually some changes or modifications every year, so please check before you go. I realize these changes may not always be popular, but they are necessary in order to manage the deer population effectively and responsibly.
Are there changes that you would like to see? How about out-of-state hunting license and permit prices? Is Ohio competitive? Or, way too cheap? Perhaps an out-of-state lottery? These are the ones I would love to see change! How about you? I want to know what you think! Please share your thoughts below, or as always, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!