Hunting and trapping regulations approved
The Ohio Wildlife Council recently approved hunting and trapping regulations for the 2012–13 hunting season according to the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
Seven west-central Ohio counties will move from deer Zone A to Zone B; those counties are Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby. Madison County, currently in Zone B, will move to Zone A.
Antlerless deer permits will no longer be valid the first week of deer-gun season in Zone C. The antlerless permits will be valid until Nov. 25 in deer Zones A, B and C. This is a return to regulations adopted in 2007. Deer hunters will have until noon the following day to complete the automated game check process. The only exception will be on the last day of any season when automated game check must be completed by 11:30 p.m.
A hunter may take only one buck in Ohio, regardless of zone, hunting method or season. Either a $15 antlerless deer permit or $24 either-sex deer permit and a valid hunting license are required to hunt deer in Ohio.
Seasons and dates for 2012–13 for the deer seasons are: Archery season – Sept. 29 through Feb. 3, 2013; Special area muzzleloader hunts – Oct. 15–20; Youth deer-gun season – Nov. 17–18; Statewide deer-gun season – Nov. 26 through Dec. 2 and Dec. 15–16; Statewide muzzleloader season – Jan. 5–8, 2013.
Deer bag limits are zone specific by permit type. A hunter may take one deer from Zone A, two deer from Zone B and three deer from Zone C during the entire 2012–2013 season using the either-sex deer permit.
Only one antlered deer may be taken regardless of zone. Additionally, a hunter may take one antlerless deer from Zone A, two antlerless deer from Zone B and three antlerless deer from Zone C during the archery season from Sept. 29 to Nov. 25 using the antlerless deer permit.
Those hunting in urban units and at Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunts may use the antlerless deer permits during all deer hunting seasons. Urban units and controlled hunts will again have a six-deer bag limit, and those deer will not count against the hunter’s zone bag limit.
The statewide deer hunting zones are: Zone A — The zone includes six counties: Erie, Fayette, Madison, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood;
Zone B — The zone includes 44 counties: Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Fulton, Geauga, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lake, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Paulding, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Union, Van Wert, Warren, Wayne, Williams and Wyandot;
Zone C — The zone includes 38 counties: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington.
Hunting seasons for rabbit, pheasant, quail, squirrel, crow and wild turkey were approved as proposed. In addition, trapping seasons for beaver, mink, muskrat, and river otter, along with the hunting and trapping seasons for fox, raccoon, skunk, and weasel, were also approved.
The 2012–13 Hunting and/or Trapping Seasons and Dates are: Squirrel – Sept. 1 through Jan. 31, 2013; Ruffed grouse – Oct. 13 through Jan. 31, 2013; Fall Wild Turkey – Oct. 13 through Nov. 25, in specified counties; Youth Upland Season – Oct. 20–21 and Oct. 27–28; Cottontail rabbit – Nov. 2 through Feb. 28, 2013;
Ring-necked Pheasant – Nov. 2 through Jan. 6, 2013; Bobwhite Quail – Nov. 2–25, in specified counties; Fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum, and weasel – Nov. 10 through Jan. 31, 2013; Mink and muskrat – Nov. 10 through Feb. 28, 2013; Mink, muskrat, raccoon, skunk, opossum and weasel (Lake Erie Marsh area) – Nov. 10 through March 15, 2013;
Beaver – Dec. 26 through Feb. 28, 2013; River Otter – Dec. 26 through Feb. 28, 2013; Youth Spring Wild Turkey Season – April 20–21, 2013; Spring Wild Turkey – April 22 through May 19, 2013; Crow (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) – June 1 through March 10, 2013, and June 7, 2013, through March 9, 2014; Coyote and woodchuck – No closed season.
Rules and season dates for migratory birds including mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen, snipe, woodcock and waterfowl hunting will be set in August, in compliance with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s 2012–13 framework.All hunting and trapping season dates and rules can be found at www.wildohio.com.
• The ODNR Division of Wildlife has made it easier to be in compliance with purchasing a fishing license. Anglers can now purchase one-day and three-day fishing licenses over the telephone. Customers have two telephone options to purchase a “last-minute” fishing license by using a credit card: Calling 866–703-1928 between 5 a.m. and midnight to reach a live operator who will walk the customer through the transaction; a $5.50 convenience fee is included with this option.
Calling 855–764-3474 any time for an Interactive Voice Response system. Callers should be sure and have their nine-digit customer identification number, which can be obtained at no cost from the Wild Ohio Customer Center at www.wildohio.com. The IVR option includes a $3.25 convenience fee.
In both cases, the customer is issued a 10-digit license number and instructed to carry it along with a picture ID as proof that the angler is properly licensed. A printed copy of the license is not included. Convenience fees in either option can be avoided by purchasing licenses early at license agent outlets or online at www.wildohio.com. Customers should note $10 of the one-day fishing license can be exchanged for credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license at any time within the license year. All license purchases include a $1 writing fee.
Also new this year, anglers have the option of buying in advance an $11 “Lake Erie Charter 1-Day Fishing License” allowing them to wait and validate the license at the dock the day of the trip. Waiting to sign and date the license allows for its future use in case the original fishing trip is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances. This license is not available for purchase over the telephone.
Customers should be aware that Social Security Numbers will be required of all individuals, youth and adults, who plan to buy licenses and permits. United States Federal Statute 42 requires the collection of SSN of any individual to whom the state issues a recreational hunting or fishing license. When buying a license, customers are also required by law to give their full name, date of birth, gender, declaration of residency, mailing address, height, weight and hair and eye color.
Until next time, Good Hunting and Good Fishing!