Ohio white-tailed deer hunters can still purchase and use antlerless deer permits through Sunday, Dec. 1, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Hunters can tag and check antlerless deer with an antlerless permit through Dec. 1. After Dec. 1, hunters must possess or purchase an either-sex deer permit to pursue bucks and does until Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. Either-sex permits can be purchased online at ohiogamecheck.com or at a license vendor.
Deer bag limits are now determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. Hunters may harvest only one antlered deer in Ohio regardless of hunting method or season. Only one antlerless deer may be checked per county using an antlerless permit. Ohioans are again reminded that antlerless permits will not be valid after Dec. 1.
Ohio offers many opportunities to deer hunters in the coming months. The youth deer-gun season is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24. The deer-gun season is Monday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 8. Deer-muzzleloader season is Saturday, Jan. 4, through Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Deer-archery season is open through Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.
Find complete details in the 2013-2014 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or online at wildohio.com. Hunters with questions can also call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).
ODNR also offers a toll-free 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) general hunting information. The hotline will offer extended hours during the youth deer-gun season and prior to and during the deer-gun season.
The white-tailed deer-gun hunting seasons are when many of Ohio's hunters have last-minute questions, and ODNR Division of Wildlife staff will be ready and available to assist. Special call center hours include:
8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24 for youth deer-gun season.
8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 8, for deer-gun season.
The hotline will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
Ohioans are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting violations to the division's Turn-In-a-Poacher hotline by calling 800-POACHER (762-2437). Established in 1982, the TIP program allows individuals to anonymously call toll-free to report wildlife violations. The 800-POACHER hotline is open for calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Tips concerning wildlife violations can also be submitted at wildohio.com. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award.