Ohio Wildlife Council approves new hunting regulations

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The Ohio Wildlife Council met Wednesday to approve hunting and fishing guidelines and set deer hunting dates for the upcoming season. 

Deer bag limits remain the same for all counties.

Additional changes approved by the council include:

– Hunters can transport a white-tailed deer or wild turkey to a residence or temporary lodging without a tag being attached to the animal, if the permit is properly filled out and the hunter remains with the animal.
– The name of the antlerless deer permit was changed to deer management permit.
– Hunters who harvest a deer within a disease surveillance area (DSA) are required to deliver the head to an inspection station only during the seven-day gun season, rather than all firearm seasons.
– Brant and pintail daily bag limits were reduced to one.
– The annual shooting range permit fee i
 reduced when purchased at the same time as an annual resident hunting license.
– Youth hunting seasons are open to hunters age 17 or younger. This provides for more uniform and consistent regulations for all youth hunting seasons.
– The walleye bag limit will increase from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River, when Ohio’s total allowable catch exceeds 3 million fish. In the Sandusky River, the four fish daily bag limit remains in place.
– Nonresident anglers under the age of 16 are exempted from obtaining a nonresident Lake Erie fishing permit.

White-tailed deer hunting seasons for 2019-2020:

– Deer archery: Sept. 28, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020
– Youth deer gun: Nov. 23-24, 2019
– Deer gun: Dec. 2-8, 2019; Dec. 21-22, 2019
– Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 4-7, 2020

The council earlier approved to increase the bag limit for walleye in Lake Erie and the Maumee River from four to six from March 1 to April 30. This excludes the Sandusky River where the four-fish limit remains the same.  

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