COLUMBUS — The 2013-14 Ohio hunting and trapping season dates have been released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The seasons include changes to address deer management on a county level, and increase hunting opportunities through extended hours and a new early muzzleloader season.

Deer bag limits are now determined by county. Three either-sex permits and one antlerless permit will be issued for Knox and surrounding counties. Fifty-seven Ohio counties in all qualify for three either-sex permits. Others qualify for two or one.

Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset for all deer seasons. Antlerless permits will be valid until Dec. 1, the Sunday before the deer-gun season.

Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. Additional controlled hunting opportunities do not count against the statewide bag limit.

The antlerless deer muzzleloader season was added in October. The December bonus gun weekend, the early muzzleloader season at three public hunting areas (Salt Fork Wildlife Area, Shawnee State Forest and Wildcat Hollow), and urban hunting zones are discontinued.

The fall wild turkey season begins on Oct. 14, the Monday following the antlerless deer muzzleloader season. Butler, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Seneca and Warren counties are added to the list of counties open for fall turkey hunting.
Deer and fall turkey permits are now for sale.

Cottontail rabbit hunting restrictions are removed in the snowshoe hare protected area in Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Remaining snowshoe hares are still protected as a state-endangered species, and it remains illegal to kill them in Ohio.

Season dates and bag limits for migratory birds, including mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen, snipe, woodcock and waterfowl will be set in August in compliance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s season framework.

Hunting and trapping seasons for 2013-14 are:

  • Deer archery: Sept. 28-Feb. 2, 2014.

  • Antlerless deer muzzleloader: Oct. 12-13.

  • Youth deer: Nov. 23-24.

  • Deer gun: Dec. 2-8.

  • Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 4-7, 2014.

  • Squirrel (gray, red and fox): Sept. 1-Jan. 31, 2014.

  • Ruffed grouse: Oct. 12-Jan. 31, 2014.

  • Fall wild turkey: Oct. 14-Dec. 1.

  • Youth upland game: Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27.

  • Cottontail rabbit: Nov. 1- Feb. 28, 2014.

  • Ring-necked pheasant: Nov. 1 – Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Bobwhite quail: Nov. 1 – Dec. 1.

  • Fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel: Nov. 10 – Jan. 31, 2014.

  • Mink and muskrat: Nov. 10 – Feb. 28, 2014.

  • Beaver: Dec. 26 – Feb. 28, 2014.

  • River otter: Dec. 26 – Feb. 28, 2014.

  • Crow: June 7 – March 8, 2014; June 6, 2014 – March 7, 2015 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only).

  • Youth spring wild turkey: April 19-20, 2014.

  • Spring wild turkey: April 21, 2014 – May 18, 2014.

  • Coyote and feral swine (wild boar): No closed season.

  • Groundhog: Closed only during deer gun season.



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