The Ohio Wildlife Council was recently presented with proposed changes to the Ohio hunting regulations for the 2015-16 hunting season.
The proposed changes to the 2015-16 Ohio hunting regulations, suggested at a scheduled meeting earlier in February, will be voted on in April following a statewide public hearing that will be held in March.
The public hearing is scheduled to take place on March 19, 2015 at 9 a.m. It will take place at the Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ODNR) District One office. Public opinion and input shared at this hearing will be considered by the eight person Ohio Wildlife Council before the final vote on April 8.
According to the ODNR, the proposed changes include suspending the antlerless-only muzzleloader weekend season, reducing bag limits in the majority of counties, eliminating antlerless permits in all but 10 counties, adding two extra days for gun hunting in December, and moving the youth-only hunting weekend.
Another proposed change would allow the use of straight-walled .450 Marlin rifle cartridges during gun season if passed.
Many Ohio deer hunters spoke out about seeing far fewer deer than usual while hunting this past season. The reduced bag limits could help to increase the state’s deer population to a level that is both manageable for the state and bountiful for hunters.
If passed by the Wildlife Council in April, the deer hunting seasons would be as follows in 2015-16:
• Deer archery: Sept. 26, 2015-Feb. 7, 2016
• Youth deer gun: Oct. 10-11, 2015
• Deer gun: Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2015; Dec. 26-27, 2015
• Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 2-5, 2016
For more information on the possible changes in the Ohio hunting regulations for the 2015-2016 hunting seasons, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ website.