Ohio Wildlife Council Approves 2016-2017 Hunting Regulations
April 18, 2016 - 2:29 PM
COLUMBUS - The 2016-2017 hunting and trapping seasons
were among the regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council at its
scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 13, according to the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
deer hunting season changes include moving the two-day gun season to
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, and muzzleloader season to Jan. 7-10,
Overview of deer hunting seasons for 2016-2017:
•Deer archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017
•Youth deer gun: Nov. 19-20, 2016
•Deer gun: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016; Dec. 17-18, 2016
•Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 7-10, 2017
county bag limits remain the same. The statewide bag limit remains at
six deer, only one deer may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a
county bag limit.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) oversees all migratory bird
regulations, including Ohio’s hunting seasons. A recent change in the
USFWS process now allows Ohio to propose fall waterfowl regulations in
January and vote on them in April, more than six months earlier than in
previous years. Changes to the migratory bird regulations include adding
extra hunting days to the goose season and lowering the daily bag limit
of canvasback to one.
Ohio Wildlife Council also voted to move the line which separates the
north and south waterfowl hunting zones farther north. The USFWS allows
states to change their waterfowl zones once every five years. After
public input from open houses, the waterfowl summit and waterfowl
surveys, the boundary line between the north and south waterfowl zones
was moved along a route similar to 2006-2010. The Lake Erie Marsh Zone
Wild Turkey Hunting
special northeast zone and dates were added to the 2017 spring turkey
season. After hearing concerns expressed by hunters in the snowbelt, the
ODNR Division of Wildlife conducted a two-year study to examine if
turkeys were nesting later than in other regions of the state.
Biologists found that hens in the snowbelt counties nested nearly two
weeks later than hens in the southeastern counties. As part of the
public input process, turkey hunters from the northeast were surveyed.
The results of the study were presented, and a two-zone approach was
discussed at the Wild Turkey summit in August 2015.
rule changes include expanding the list of species permitted bait
dealers may sell when acquired from aquaculture facilities, reducing the
minimum carapace length of snapping and softshell turtles from 13 to 11
inches, prohibiting the taking of snapping and softshell turtles with
archery equipment, prohibiting the export of live snapping and softshell
turtles taken from the wild and prohibiting the taking or possession of
snapping and softshell turtle eggs from the wild.
Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the
ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council
votes on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public
meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide
comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are
asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling
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