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Deer Hunting Ohio – Ohio State Regulations On Deer Hunting

Ohio, like many other states where deer hunting is a popular pastime, has strictly regulated seasons ensuring both the safety of the deer hunter, and for the preservation of the deer herd for seasons to come. The regulations are set forth by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. While many hunters may not like the laws set forth by the DNR, it’s important that they be obeyed as the department spends much time and money researching the deer population. If many hunters took it upon themselves to disregard the laws in place, the deer population would plummet; some species throughout history are now extinct due to over-hunting.

One thing a hunter will need to get in Ohio is a hunting license. In order to get this a hunter must successfully complete a hunter safety course. Since many hunters take this course while still in school and probably don’t hold on to the certificate, presenting a previous license from another state, or signing an affidavit that you are over 21 and have previously held a hunting license in another state will suffice. Don’t fret however if you’ve not taken the course, they are available everywhere and are written at a fifth grade level. While there is no minimum age for a child to begin hunting, children 15 or younger must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age.

Ohio regulations state it is legal to use any caliber handgun, rifle, shotgun that is 10 gauge or smaller, airgun, longbow with a draw weight of at least 40 pounds, or crossbow with a draw weight between 75 and 200 pounds to hunt deer. Trapping and spotlighting however are illegal, as is the use of voice transmitting devices while hunting. Hunting from motor vehicles other than boats or farm equipment is also prohibited. Also, for safety purposes, every hunter must have visible orange clothing on during open season.

As with any other state, Ohio also has regulations by season and time of day a hunter may hunt. Guns many not be fired before dawn or after dusk. Due to the popularity of hunting a variety of different species in public wildlife areas, these areas are closed from September 1st to May 1st to anyone not participating in hunting between 8pm and 6am, and 10pm and 6pm the remainder of the year. This ensures that only hunters are camping overnight and will therefore be outfitted with visible orange clothing.

Another great thing the state offers to ensure that what is killed is also used, are many organizations that accept donations of a portion of the venison to feed the needy.

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