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Deer gun seasons get started this week

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s hunters are eagerly anticipating the chance to take to the woods and fields when gun seasons begin this weekend for white-tailed deer.

Youth hunters younger than 18 years old have their own weekend to hunt Ohio’s favorite big-game animal on Saturday and Sunday. All hunters have the chance to hunt the traditional gun season from Monday, Nov. 30, to Sunday, Dec. 6, and again during the bonus weekend on Dec. 19-20.

“Ohio’s gun seasons add another level of excitement for our deer hunters,” Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker said. “This is a time to celebrate the tradition that has provided so much enjoyment for so many throughout the years. Good luck in the field, wear hunter orange, and have a safe and enjoyable deer season.”

The Buckeye State’s deer-gun hunting seasons have spanned generations of Ohioans and are a time many friends and families gather to celebrate the moment. In 2019, Ohio hunters harvested 63,567 deer during the weeklong deer-gun season, as well as an additional 13,703 deer during the two-day bonus weekend. Young hunters harvested 6,249 deer during the two-day youth weekend.

Check the 2020-2021 Ohio Hunting Regulations handbook for county-specific bag limits, updates on permits, hunting on public lands, and precautions to take if you hunt out of state. Youth hunters are required to be accompanied by a nonhunting adult. Legal hunting equipment for all deer-gun seasons includes specific shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns, straight-walled cartridge rifles, and archery equipment. More information is available at wildohio.gov.

The free HuntFish OH mobile app provides outdoor enthusiasts with convenient resources while out in the field. HuntFish OH is available for Android and iOS users and can be found in the app store.

Deer hunters can use the app to check in their harvest, even without a WiFi connection. When a hunter checks game without a clear signal, harvest information is recorded and stored until the hunter moves to a location with better reception.

Users can also purchase licenses and permits and view wildlife area maps through the app. Tech-savvy hunters are encouraged to help others use the app to check game and access other areas of content.

Hunters have the option of contacting the Division of Wildlife’s toll-free hotline at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) with questions about hunting. In addition to normal business hours, special call center hours include: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Dec. 4, for deer-gun season.

The Division of Wildlife can help you take advantage of all the hunting opportunities Ohio has to offer. Follow on Twitter and Facebook for instant news stories, outdoor recreation ideas, local wildlife information and so much more.

The Your Wild Ohio Hunter Facebook page provides hunting tips and useful information as you get outside this season. Visit wildohio.gov to find locations to hunt, fish, trap, and view wildlife. And don’t forget to follow on Instagram to view the best of Ohio’s wildlife photography.

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