Mary Alice Reporting –

Deer gun season in Ohio kicks off on Monday, November 30th and hunters are asked to employ safety measures.

The popular season runs to Sunday, December 6th, with a bonus weekend on December 19th and 20th. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for all deer seasons.

Jamey Emmert, Communication Specialist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, reminds all participating in the week-long gun season that blaze orange is a requirement at all times.

“Another excellent idea is to put a flag, an orange flag of some sort, on a hunting blind. Some hunters, from a distance, may not know that’s a hunting blind and shot in that direction.”

She adds a common misconception is when hunters think that, if they shoot a deer on permission land but pursue it across a property boundary, it’s okay. This is not the case and the hunter would need to gain permission from that other landowner before pursuing that deer.

 “Even if you’re 100 percent certain that you still have permission because you obtained permission the year before, please check. Land changes hands and that written permission is a requirement, by law, to have on you when you’re on the properties.”

The state, in 2019, saw hunters harvesting almost 63,600 white-tailed deer.

For more hunting regulations information and to check for county-specific bag limits, visit www.ohiodnr.gov.

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