The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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February 10, 2013

Ohio proposes new rules for deer hunters

COLUMBUS — The state is proposing to extend hunting hours while lowering the number of deer that can be killed in some portions of the state.

Under the proposal, the bag limits on deer this year would be cut in many counties to nine from 12.  Though last year, hunters could kill additional deer in certain urban zones.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources released the proposed rules Wednesday. The Ohio Wildlife Council has to approve them before they take effect for the 2013-2014 hunting seasons.

Mike Reynolds, a state wildlife official, says most hunters kill three or fewer deer and the proposal should have minimal impact.

The proposal rules also would extend hunting hours 30 minutes past sunset for all deer firearms seasons.

Reynolds said that southern Ohio counties will see the biggest change with the bag limits because the state has been successful in reducing deer numbers there.

The proposed rules would extend hunting hours 30 minutes past sunset for all deer firearms seasons, including the weeklong deer-gun season, youth season and muzzleloader seasons. This will make the hours the same as archery season.

Open houses will be held statewide on March 2 for public input on the proposals. The council will vote at its April meeting.

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