2011-12 Hunting Regulations Proposed to Ohio Wildlife Council

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COLUMBUS, OH – The 2011-12 hunting and trapping regulations proposals were presented January 19 to the Ohio Wildlife Council by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
September 1 is again proposed as the kick-off date for the state’s fall hunting seasons—with the opening of squirrel and dove hunting. Other proposed hunting and trapping rules and season dates will be similar to those now in effect, with only slight changes to fall and spring hunting dates.
Young hunters age 17 and under should again be able to hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, October 22 -23 and 29-30. Spring youth turkey season is proposed for April 21–22, 2012.
The remainder of the proposals concerning Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunting will be heard during a separate Wildlife Council meeting on February 16.
Open houses will be held on Saturday, March 5 in each of the state’s five wildlife districts to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the open houses can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or visiting wildohio.com.
A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m. The office is 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.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at

For more information, contact:
Dave Scott, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614. 265. 6338
Nathan Stricker, (upland game), ODNR Division of Wildlife
740. 747. 2525
Mike Reynolds, (forest game), ODNR Division of Wildlife
740. 589 .9921
Suzie Prange, (furbearers), ODNR Division of Wildlife
740. 589. 9924
Heidi Hetzel-Evans, ODNR Media Relations
614. 265. 6860

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The proposed hunting and trapping season table is included. Those species in the table identified with an * are subject to federal guidelines that will not be available until the summer of 2011. The dates and bag limits listed should be considered the most likely option, but not a final proposal.)

Species Opening Date Closing Date Bag Limit
Squirrel September 1 January 31, 2012 6 daily
Mourning Dove * September 1 * To be announced 15 daily *
Ruffed Grouse October 8 January 31, 2012 2 daily
American Woodcock * October 8 * November 21 * 3 daily *
Wild Turkey fall season October 8 November 27 1
Youth upland season for Cottontail Rabbit, Ring-necked Pheasant and Bobwhite Quail October 22 & 23 and
October 29 & 30
Cottontail Rabbit November 4 February 29, 2012 4 daily
Ring-necked Pheasant, Chukar November 4 January 8, 2012 2 daily
Bobwhite Quail November 4 November 27 4 daily
Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel hunting & trapping November 10 January 31, 2012  
Mink and Muskrat trapping November 10 February 29, 2012  
Lake Erie marsh area – Mink, Muskrat, Skunk, Raccoon, Opossum and Weasel trapping November 10 March 15, 2012  
Beaver trapping December 26 February 29, 2012  
River Otter trapping December 26 February 29, 2012 1 in Zone B
3 in Zone C
Wild Turkey youth season April 21 & 22, 2012
Wild Turkey spring season April 23, 2012 May 20, 2012 2
Crow – Friday, Saturday and Sunday only June 3, 2011
June 2, 2012
March 12, 2012
March 11, 2013
Coyote No closed season
Woodchuck Closed for deer-gun season only