Ohio's 2023-24 deer hunting seasons approved

Ohio's 2023-24 deer hunting seasons approved

The Ohio Wildlife Council approved proposed hunting and trapping season dates for 2023-24, including deer bag limit changes in seven counties, during its regularly scheduled meeting April 12, according to an April 13 news release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Deer hunting seasons

Deer are Ohio’s most popular game animal. Seasons in 2023-24 will have similar dates to last year, the release said. Bag limits will increase to three deer in Belmont, Gallia, Geauga, Harrison, Jefferson, and Monroe counties and will decrease to two in Butler County. As in years past, only one antlered deer may be harvested, regardless of where or how it is taken. The deer hunting season dates for 2023-24 are as follows:

  • Deer archery: Sept. 30, 2023, to Feb. 4, 2024
  • Youth deer gun: Nov. 18-19, 2023
  • Deer gun: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2023; Dec. 16-17, 2023
  • Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 6-9, 2024

CWD updates

The Chronic Wasting Disease disease surveillance area in Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot counties again will allow additional hunting opportunities to slow the spread of CWD, according to the release. In addition to the statewide hunting seasons, hunters in Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot counties will have opportunities to participate in disease surveillance area seasons:

  • Deer archery season: Sept. 9, 2023, to Feb. 4, 2024
  • Early gun season: Oct. 7-9, 2023

Turkey hunting

Fall turkey hunting will be available in 70 counties this fall — from Saturday, Oct. 14, to Sunday, Nov. 12. The season bag limit is one bird of either sex. The spring 2024 wild turkey hunting season dates will be determined in the fall, the release said.

General hunting seasons

The Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve proposed season dates similar to last season for waterfowl and migratory birds.
The council received a proposal to reduce the ruffed grouse hunting season dates and open counties because of long-term trends in declining grouse numbers. Proposed grouse season dates are from Friday, Nov. 3, to Sunday, Nov. 26, with a daily limit of one bird. Season dates would be aligned for public and private land. The proposal would allow grouse hunting in Adams, Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties.

About the Ohio Wildlife Council

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that was formed in 1949. It reviews and votes on all Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals interested in providing comments are asked to call 614-265-6304 at least two days prior to the meeting to register. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

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