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Ohio's Youth Deer-Gun Hunting Season Set for This Weekend

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 5:42 PM
Lauren Bindley

Youth Deer-Gun Season is Saturday and Sunday
Youth Deer-Gun Season is Saturday and Sunday

The state of Ohio's youth deer-gun hunting season is set for this Saturday and Sunday, November 17th and 18th. Mike Tonkovich is with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. "This weekend, the statewide youth season opens for those who are 17-years-old and younger. This will be our fourth year, I believe, for this season. We anticipate probably at least 40,000 kids to participate in the two-day hunt statewide. It's a very popular event. Last year, we harvested just over 8,000 deer, and we expect that we will probably do at least that this year." Tonkovich says young hunters are limited to the number of deer they take. "Youth hunters this weekend are only allowed to take a single deer, a deer of either sex. Of course, wearing hunter orange is a requirement. For archers, it is very important for them to know that if you are hunting this weekend, you also need to be wearing hunter orange." Tonkovich says not everyone is excited about the upcoming weekend. "Adult hunters are a little bit discouraged by the fact that we provide kids with probably one of the best weekends of the year to deer hunt. The reason for putting the youth season where it is is pretty simple. We want to give the kids the best chance at harvesting a deer. We feel that will go great lengths to maintain that participation." Tonkovich explains what some of the requirements are for participating in the youth deer-gun season. "Young hunters that are participating in the hunt this weekend must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. Actually, there are some stipulations in terms of the number of individuals that a non-hunting adult can be with. I think the limit is two. So, an adult, for instance, can't take out six kids and be accompanying all of them during the hunt." Tonkovich adds that the hunters must have the proper license and permit. "If you are not hunting on your property, your grandparents' property or your parents' property, you do need to have a hunting license and a deer permit. It's $12 for a permit and a license. So, for under $25, you can deer hunt this weekend." Tonkovich says there are a few exceptions. "If you are hunting on your folks' property, you don't need a hunting license or a deer permit. It is kind of a unique situation for kids hunting on their grandparents' property. If I go to granddad's house, I don't have to have a license to hunt there, but I do have to buy a $12 youth deer permit." All of the other regularly scheduled hunting seasons will continue during the youth season. This year, Ohio's deer-gun season runs from November 26th to December 2nd, with an additional weekend December 15th and 16th.


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