Deer Season: The Most Exciting Time for Hunters in Ohio
Deer Gun Season is right around the corner here in Ohio, so get excited, hunters! Deer Archery season is in full swing, but the gun hunting season opens up the Monday after Thanksgiving, falling on November 27 this year. Ohio has the fifth largest concentration of hunters, so chances are, you or someone you know is gearing up for when the time comes. Here's what you need to know about this exciting annual event.
Managing the Deer Population
Back in the 19th century, large mammals were all but wiped out in Ohio, including deer and large predators like wolves and bears. By 1904, there were no deer at all left in the state. Deer were reintroduced to the wild in Ohio in the 1920s and 30s, and they have been flourishing ever since. Today, their numbers have soared to over 750,000. With no natural predators left, the deer population continues to grow.
This brings with it its own set of problems. In addition to damaging local parks and farms, deer cause over 23,000 car accidents each year, either by motorists colliding with deer or crashing in an attempt to avoid hitting them. Ohio hunters harvest more than 200,000 deer each hunting season, helping to keep the population at a manageable level.
The Logistics of Deer Gun Season
Once the season has begun, that doesn't mean that you can hunt as many deer as you please. There are some regulations that you must abide by:
- You are only allowed to hunt from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
- You must use one of the approved types of firearms, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Bows are also acceptable during this time.
- You must not exceed the statewide bag limit of six deer. Each county also has its own limit, which you cannot exceed either. Check with your particular county for the specific regulations. You may only kill one buck in the state, regardless of method or location.
- Deer bagged in specified Disease Surveillance Areas must be brought to a carcass inspection station for disease testing. This is to help minimize the spread of disease throughout the deer population, so be sure to do your part.
- Deer gun hunting season runs from November 27 to December 3, as well as December 16 and 17. Those under the age of 18 can participate in deer hunting on November 18 and 19, provided that they have the proper documentation, including a youth hunting license and a deer permit.
Stock Up on Hunting Gear
Here at Norton Sporting Goods, we have everything you need to get ready in time for this year's Deer Gun Season. From firearms and ammunition to clothing and other gear, you'll find what you are looking for at our store. Stop by today to browse through our selection and get yourself all stocked up for this upcoming deer hunting season.