Submit comments now for Ohio’s hunting, fishing proposals


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohioans interested in wildlife conservation may submit comments about current hunting and fishing regulation proposals online here, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Comments will be accepted through Sunday, March 14.

One regulation proposal would allow antlerless white-tailed deer to be taken from all public hunting areas from Sept. 25, 2021, to Feb. 6, 2022, provided that a hunter takes only one antlerless deer from these lands per license year. A second proposal would expand deer management permits to all 88 Ohio counties from Sept. 25 to Nov. 28, 2021, and allow hunters to use the deer management permit up to the county bag limit.

For wild turkey hunters, a proposal calls for a limit of one bearded wild turkey during the 2022 spring hunting season on public hunting lands. The statewide limit this spring remains two bearded birds.

A complete list of proposals is available at wildohio.gov.

A statewide hearing of the Ohio Wildlife Council on the proposed rules will be held virtually at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 18. The council is an eight-member board that approves all Ohio Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Meetings are held virtually and are open to the public. Individuals interested in providing comments are asked to register by calling 614-265-6304 at least two days prior to the meeting. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

After considering public input, the council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its meeting on Wednesday, April 7.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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