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Ohio Wildlife Council receives 2017-2018 deer hunting proposals : Coshocton County bag limit raised to three deer

COLUMBUS , OH – The Ohio Wildlife Council heard proposals for Ohio ’ s 2017-2018 deer season dates and bag limits at Wednesday ’ s meeting , according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ( ODNR ). Among the proposals were modifications to bag limits for several counties throughout the state .
Overview of proposed deer hunting seasons for
2017-2018 :
• Deer archery : Sept . 30 , 2017-Feb . 4 , 2018
• Youth deer gun : Nov . 18-19 , 2017
• Deer gun : Nov . 27-Dec . 3 , 2017 ; Dec . 16-17 , 2017
• Deer muzzleloader : Jan . 6-9 , 2018
The county bag limits were proposed to be modified for several counties throughout the state . An increase in the bag limit , from two deer per county to three deer per county , was proposed for Athens , Belmont , Carroll , Coshocton , Fairfield , Gallia , Guernsey , Harrison , Hocking , Jackson , Jefferson , Lawrence , Meigs , Monroe , Morgan , Muskingum , Noble , Perry , Tuscarawas , Vinton and Washington counties . These proposed changes are designed to slow the rate of growth , but still allow the herds to increase .
A reduction in the bag limit , from three deer per county to two deer per county was proposed for Allen , Defiance , Fulton , Henry , Paulding , Putnam and Williams counties . All other county bag limits would remain the same . The statewide bag limit was proposed to remain at six deer , only one deer may be antlered and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit . These proposed

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changes are designed to encourage herd growth in these counties .
In other proposals , the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed to allow any straight-walled cartridge rifle with a minimum caliber of . 357 to a maximum caliber of . 50 be allowed for hunting deer in Ohio . There have been three seasons of hunting deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles in Ohio with no biological impacts to the herd or additional hunter incidents . Defining the allowable rifles would make the rule easily understood and easily enforced , while also being inclusive of a great number of rifle options .
A complete list of proposed rules changes can be found at wildohio . gov .
The Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on all proposals after receiving public input . Open houses to receive public comments about hunting , trapping and fishing regulations and wildlife issues will be held on Saturday , March 4 . Open houses will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District One , District Two , District Three and District Four offices and the Greene County Fish and Game Association clubhouse in Xenia . Directions to the open houses can be found at wildohio . gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE ( 945-3543 ).
Open houses give the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fishing , hunting and trapping regulations with the ODNR Division of Wildlife officials . For Ohioans who are unable to attend an open house , comments will be accepted online at wildohio . gov . The
COSHOCTON - The public is invited to an open discussion on the spiritual topic of inner guidance on Saturday , Feb . 18 from 10:30 a . m . to noon sponsored by Eckankar , Ohio Satsang Society , Inc . This free event will take place in the lower level of the Coshocton Public Library , 655 Main St .
Are you looking for answers ? Guidance ? Protection ? Discover how to attune to your true self . Explore the many ways guidance appears in your life . Ignite your creativity to solve problems . All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the recently- released book , “ Spiritual Wisdom on Inner Guidance ” by author Harold Klemp , a pioneer of “ everyday spirituality .”
For information , call ( 800 ) 891-7713 or visit www . EckankarOhio . org .
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online form will be available until Sunday , March 5 .
A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife ’ s District One office on Thursday , March 16 , at 9 a . m . The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road , Columbus 43215 .
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations . The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its meeting on Wednesday , April 12 , after considering public input . Small game , migratory bird and wild turkey hunting season dates were proposed at the January council meeting and will also be voted on by the council on April 12 .
Council meetings are open to the public . Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling 614-265- 6304 . All comments are required to be three minutes or less .
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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