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Ohio Wildlife Council Approves 2022-23 Hunting Seasons | Local News

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Wildlife Council approved an amended proposal for upcoming dates for the 2022 fall wild turkey hunting season at its regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Division. Ohio (ODNR).

This year, the fall wild turkey hunt will take place from October 8 to November 21. 13 for a 37-day season. Last year’s season was 52 days. The season limit is one wild turkey of either sex.

These season dates have been changed based on feedback from fall turkey hunters. A 37-day season is the length of Ohio’s spring turkey hunting season when the southern and northeast zones are combined. The fall turkey hunt is open in 70 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

The white-tailed deer hunting season has also been approved for the coming year. The 2022-23 deer hunt dates are similar to last season and, as in years past, only one antlered deer can be harvested no matter where or how it is harvested, and a hunter cannot exceed the county bag limit. Deer hunting season dates for 2022-23 include:

Deer archery: Sept. 24, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023.

Young Deer Gun: Nov. 19-20, 2022.

Deer Rifle: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2022; December 17-18, 2022.

Muzzle-loading deer: January 7-10, 2023.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

In 18 counties, bag limits will increase. Three counties will move to two stags: Clinton, Fayette and Pickaway. Fifteen counties will move to three stags: Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Preble, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert and Washington. Deer bag limit increases are designed to slow herd growth and provide additional hunting opportunities.

The Wildlife Division has implemented additional measures to increase deer harvest, reduce the possibility of disease transmission and limit the spread of CWD in Hardin, Marion and Wyandot counties. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and other similar species.

A disease surveillance area was established following the 2020 discovery of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in two Wyandot County deer. Further testing revealed eight more deer positive for CWD in 2021.

Deer archery hunting in the CWD watch area comprising Hardin, Marion and Wyandot counties will begin Sept. 10. The originally proposed start date of September 1 has been changed following feedback from hunters and landowners.

Deer seasons in the disease surveillance zone:

Deer archery: Sept. 10, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023.

Early Deer Pistol: October 8-10, 2022.

Young Deer Gun: Nov. 19-20, 2022.

Deer Rifle: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2022; December 17-18, 2022.

Muzzle-loading deer: January 7-10, 2023.

Additionally, deer hunting restrictions on public lands are being lifted in the Big Island, Andreoff and Wyandot Wildlife Areas. Restrictions on public lands have been removed in the Killdeer Plains and Lake La Su An wildlife areas.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member council that approves all rules and regulations proposed by the Division of Wildlife. Board meetings are held virtually and are open to the public. Those interested in providing feedback should call 614-265-6304 at least two days before the meeting to register. All comments should be three minutes or less.