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ODNR Proposes Changes To Deer Hunting
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to cut in half the total number of deer a hunter can kill in a year.
As it stands now, a hunter can kill up to 18 deer in one year with the combination of muzzleloaders, shotgun, and archery seasons. ODNR wants to cut that to nine in the 2013-2014 season, while also instituting local bag limits instead of the regional limits is now uses.
The proposed rule changes would do away with both the bonus shotgun hunting weekend that usually follows the week-long hunt, and the early muzzleloader season offered at three state parks in the fall.
The changes were proposed by ODNR on Wednesday, and will be voted on in April after several townhall meetings in March.
The proposed changes come as state wildlife officials report 21,555 deer killed during Ohioâ€™s muzzleloader hunt last month. Thatâ€™s a 12 percent increase over the 2012 muzzleloader hunt.