Ohio Deer Hunting Laws & Regulations

Ohio Deer Hunting – Overview

Listed below is a comprehensive guide of state-specific information for Ohio Deer Hunting. Topics covered and discussed include the state’s department who regulates venison hunting, deer ecology in the state, local laws/regulations as well as Ohio deer hunting permit and licensing costs. Feel free to explore this information, as well as the rest of our website.

Ohio Department of Natural ResourcesOhio Deer Hunting Map

2045 Morse Road, Building G
Columbus OH 43229-6693
Phone: 614-265-6300
Website: ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulations/hunting.aspx

Ohio Deer Impact, Deer Ecology & Deer Populations

There are an estimated 750,000 Deer state wide. The estimated economic impact of Ohio deer hunting is 1 Billion annually. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is in charge of monitoring deer regarding numbers, managed hunts, enforcing laws and regulations. They monitor the balance of deer in relation to economic, ecological and safety needs of the state. They implement programs designed to control the deer population. Damage from deer includes farm crops, plant extinction, forest damage, yard damage, plant extinction, forest damage car accidents and the spread of disease. They monitor the deer population for diseases such as Chronic wasting disease, Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease, tuberculosis, lyme disease and parasites. Ohio is home to some of the biggest whitetail bucks in the world. There were an estimated 60,000 Car-Deer collisions in 2010. In 2010 an estimated 180,000 deer were harvested from Ohio deer hunting.

Ohio Deer Hunting Regulations

Website: www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulations/hunting.aspx

Immediately upon harvest of the animal or bird, hunters have a legal obligation to record the time and date of harvest on the temporary kill tag and attach it to the carcass. The landowner’s written permission is required for hunting and trapping on private land, regardless of whether the land is posted. Unless otherwise indicated, game may be taken with longbow, crossbow, or any caliber handgun, rifle, shotgun (10 gauge or smaller), or airgun.

Electronic callers may be used while hunting, except while hunting migratory game bird. It shall be unlawful to use any device capable of transmitting or receiving a person’s voice to aid in the hunting or taking of deer. Spotlighting of wild animals from vehicles, including illuminating with headlights, is prohibited. Spotlighting is illegal whether hunting implements are carried in the vehicle or not. All hunting from motor vehicles, except boats and machinery being used in farm operations, is prohibited. It is unlawful to shoot from, on, across, or along a public road or highway. Poisoned or explosive arrows are unlawful. It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute, place, or scatter salt, grain, or other feed capable of luring, enticing, or attracting birds on lands owned, controlled, or maintained by the wildlife division including those lands managed by the division by virtue of a lease or an agreement. Ohio has a one-buck per year limit and can be taken with any weapon, any county or in any zone on the same deer permit. Ohio deer hunting season is one of the most liberal in the United States. The bowhunting season begins on September 27 and goes all the way to February 1st, with Sunday hunting allowed, that means a possible 127 days afield

Ohio Deer Hunting License & Costs

Resident
Annual License $19.00
Deer Permit $24.00
Antlerless Deer Permit – Limited Use $15.00
Youth Annual License (Resident & Non-Resident) $10.00
Youth Deer Permit (Resident & Non-Resident) $12.00
Youth Antlerless Deer Permit (Resident & Non-Resident) $15.00

Non Resident
Annual License $125.00
Deer Permit $24.00
Antlerless Deer Permit – Limited Use $15.00
Youth Annual License (Resident & Non-Resident) $10.00
Youth Deer Permit (Resident & Non-Resident) $12.00
Youth Antlerless Deer Permit (Resident & Non-Resident) $15.00

Ohio Deer Hunting – Conclusion

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