Hunting season has begun
September has finally arrived and with it came the start of the hunting season.
Teal, early goose, dove, and squirrel all opened at the first of the month even though it didn’t feel like hunting season. The openers arrived with very hot and humid conditions making it hard for some to get excited about hunting in shorts and tank tops. Fortunately, a nice cool snap with lots of rain arrived this past weekend making it feel more like hunting weather.
The seasons opened with large populations of local geese and doves hanging around the area. However, due to the warm weather, very little of the teal migration had started yet, so teal hunting success locally was spotty at best. Most of the goose and dove success was found in chopped corn fields, newly baled hay fields, and small watering holes. Continue to concentrate on these areas as the early seasons progress.
Squirrel hunting opened with a lot of success but oftentimes trying to find those small critters amongst all those leaves can be challenging and frustrating. Squirrel hunting will continue to improve and get easier as the leaves start to turn and fall. For now, concentrate your hunting efforts along edges of corn fields and mast trees. Early mornings are usually the easiest to find them out and about eating their breakfast, but evening hunts can be successful as well.
The last weekend of September will offer the two day youth waterfowl season. It is earlier than usual this year, and although I am concerned about the amount of ducks being around here that early in the fall, it is still a great time to take the kids out. The youth season offers a wonderful opportunity for the kids to enjoy the sport without the pressure of having to compete with the adults. It is a favorite weekend in our household and I know my boys are especially excited for this year.
Also opening the last weekend of this month is the much anticipated white tailed deer archery season. This season is quickly becoming the most popular hunting season in Ohio. Hunters once again are going to enjoy very liberal bag limits and a healthy deer population. Hunters in Zone C can bag up to six deer this season while hunters in Zone B can bag up to four. Scouting should already be underway and deer stands should already be erected. There is still plenty of time to get the stands hung, but the time to get after it is now if you haven’t already done so.
If you are deer hunting this fall, make sure you follow all the laws and that you have the proper permits. In addition to your Ohio annual hunting license, you must purchase an either-sex deer permit or an antlerless deer permit to hunt deer in Ohio. The either-sex deer permit is valid Sept. 29, 2012 through Feb. 3, 2013. Antlerless deer permits may only be purchased until November 25, 2012. Antlerless deer permits will no longer be valid for the first week of deer gun season (Nov. 26, 2012-Dec. 2, 2012) in Zone C.
The either-sex deer permit is good for an antlered or antlerless deer and is valid statewide. No more than one antlered deer may be taken per license year. These permits may be used during any of the deer hunting seasons, for controlled hunts or in designated Urban Units. These permits may be purchased individually throughout the entire deer season. Refer to the Deer Permit Use and Bag Limits per Zone section to determine the number of either-sex deer permits you can use in each deer hunting zone.
Hunters are not required to buy a Deer Permit before purchasing any Antlerless Deer Permits. Antlerless Deer Permits may be used to take antlerless deer ONLY. These permits may be purchased until Nov. 25, 2012. Antlerless deer permits will no longer be valid for the first week of deer gun season (Nov. 26, 2012-Dec. 2, 2012).
Antlerless deer permits are valid statewide between Sept. 29, 2012 and Nov. 25, 2012. These permits are also valid at Ohio Division of Wildlife controlled hunts, during the early muzzleloader season, during youth deer gun season, and within designated Urban Deer Units. Refer to the Deer Permit Use and Bag Limits per Zone section to determine the number of antlerless deer permits you can use in each deer hunting zone.
If you are concerned about what an antlerless deer is, an antlerless deer is any deer without antlers and deer with antlers less than 3 inches in length. Antlered deer are deer with at least one antler 3 inches or longer in length.
Archery season hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset except during deer gun season.
Every person who kills a deer must immediately fill out the temporary tag with the date and time the deer was killed. Attach the completed temporary tag to the deer at the place where it fell.
Licenses and permits will need to be protected from the elements. You may choose to purchase a reusable license/tag protective holder if available at the license vendor or many office supply stores or make your own. Attach a piece of string, wire, etc. to your temporary tag and protective holder before you hunt.
Carry a pen or pencil and a watch with you to fill out your temporary tag. The temporary tag must remain on the deer until it is permanently tagged. Once a temporary tag is detached from the permit, it is illegal to hunt or pursue deer with a hunting device without purchasing an additional valid deer permit.
For multiple deer permit holders, the first deer taken in the day must have been temporarily tagged before hunting or pursuing another deer. Hunters with deer permits must use the temporary tag from the permit.
Landowners and tenants who take a deer on their land and any other person not required to purchase a deer permit must make and attach their own tag with their name, address, and date and time killed. This tag must be attached to the dead deer immediately in the field at the place where it fell.
Until next time, Good Hunting and Good Fishing!