THREE-DEER LIMIT PROPOSED FOR 38 OHIO COUNTIES 2005-06 deer hunting regulations proposed to Ohio Wildlife Council COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio deer hunters may have the opportunity to take three deer in 12 additional counties this fall under regulations recently proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The Division of Wildlife puts a lot of emphasis on deer research so we can make the best decisions to keep Ohios deer herd in excellent condition, said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Division of Wildlife. The deer population and deer hunting are very important to Ohio. As proposed, a three-deer limit (Zone C) would cover 38 central, south, southeastern and southwestern counties. This number represents an increase of 12 additional counties for Zone C. The 30 counties of Zone B would have a two-deer limit, and the 20 northwestern counties of Zone A would have a one-deer limit. A hunter may take only one buck in Ohio, regardless of zone, hunting method or season. The youth deer-gun season is proposed for Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20. Young hunters would be permitted to bag only one deer of either sex in any county of Ohio. Any deer taken will be part of the young hunters total season limit. If the council approves the proposed season dates, the regular deer-gun season will begin on Monday, November 28 and run through Sunday, December 4. The archery season will run from October 1 through January 31, 2006. The statewide muzzleloader season will open on Tuesday, December 27, and run through Friday, December 30. The special area muzzleloader hunts will be open October 24 - 29 at Salt Fork, Shawnee and Wildcat Hollow. A change to the muzzleloader hunts at Salt Fork, Shawnee and Wildcat Hollow would make them by special permit only with a random drawing being held prior to the season for a limited number of antlered and antlerless permits. Open houses will be held on March 6 in each of the states five wildlife districts. These forums will provide public opportunities to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the meetings can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or on the Internet at ohiodnr.com/wildlife/Publicmeetings/councilmeetings_05.htm A statewide hearing on the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the wildlife division's District One office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its April 6 meeting. Hunters bagged a preliminary record of more than 217,000 deer during the 2004-05 season that concluded on January 31. Approximately 450,000 people hunt white-tailed deer in Ohio. Proposed bag limits and Deer Hunting Zones would be as follows (those in bold are changes from last year). Zone A -- Hunters could take only one deer during the 2005-06 seasons, which could be a deer of either sex. Twenty counties, including Allen, Auglaize, Darke, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Ottawa, Paulding, Preble, Putnam, Sandusky, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood. Zone B -- Hunters could take only two deer during the 2005-06 seasons, which could be a deer of either sex. Thirty counties, including: Ashland, Ashtabula, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Fayette, Geauga, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Huron, Lake, Logan, Lorain, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Portage, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Union, Warren, Wayne, Wyandot. Zone C -- Hunters could take no more than three deer during the 2005-06 seasons, of which only one could be an antlered deer. Thirty-eight counties, including: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton, Washington.