Smokepole season coming up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The statewide muzzleloader season for deer is open January 9-12. Deer hunters must possess the proper permits to participate and regardless of zone, method of taking or season, hunters may take only one antlered deer during the deer hunting season which continues for archery hunters through Feb. 7 statewide. Legal hunting hours during the statewide muzzleloader deer season are one-half hour before sunrise to a one-half hour after sunset.  Ohio’s small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons also will be open during the muzzleloader season. During those overlapping four days, small game hunters and deer hunters must visibly wear a coat, jacket, vest or coveralls that are either solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange in color. Hunters are encouraged to donate extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. The division is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who give their deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor and funding for the effort lasts. Counties being served by this program can be found online at www.fhfh.org.The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks 6th nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 4th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has a $1.5 billion economic impact in Ohio. Hunting related retail sales in Ohio total more than $700 million.Additional deer hunting regulations are contained in the 2015-2016 Ohio Hunting Regulations. The publication is available where hunting licenses are sold and from the Division of Wildlife by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or on the Internet at wildohio.com.last_img

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