Ohio's Young Hunters Harvest More Than 7,000 Deer During Youth Gun Season
November 24, 2015 - 11:31 PM
COLUMBUS - Ohio’s young hunters checked 7,223 white-tailed deer
during the two-day youth gun season, Nov. 21-22, according to the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“The weather this year provided our youth hunters with a great
opportunity to enjoy their time in the field,” said ODNR Director James
Zehringer. “Providing exclusive youth hunting seasons is a great way to
provide our kids with a mentored and educational environment to learn
and succeed in the field.”
Youth hunters could pursue deer with a legal shotgun,
muzzleloader, handgun or specific straight-walled cartridge rifle and
were required to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult during the
two-day season. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special
youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a dedicated hunting
experience for young hunters. Youth hunting seasons are available for
small game, wild turkey and waterfowl.
Ohio offers many more opportunities for hunters of all ages to
pursue deer. The deer-gun season is Monday, Nov. 30, through Sunday,
Dec. 6, and Dec. 28-29. Deer-muzzleloader season is Saturday, Jan. 9,
through Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Deer-archery season is open now through
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Find complete details in the 2015-2016 Ohio
Hunting and Trapping Regulations at wildohio.gov.
Youth hunters can commemorate their hunt with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.gov.
Participants can upload a photo and type in their information to
personalize the certificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking
on the Photo Gallery tab online.
The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer
population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing
conflicts with landowners and motorists. In most counties, deer
populations are at or near target levels. Therefore, to help stabilize
deer populations, bag limits were reduced, and antlerless permit use has
been eliminated in most counties for the 2015-2016 season. In general,
deer hunters will likely find deer populations similar to last year.
However, because of the regulation changes (smaller bag limits and
limited availability of antlerless permits), fewer antlerless deer will
be harvested, and the overall deer harvest will likely be down 4-8