About 250,000 bowhunters are expected to participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season that opens Saturday, according to a press release from the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Statewide archery season will remain open through January 31, including the week of deer-gun season Nov. 29 through Dec. 5. Archers may hunt one half-hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, except during the statewide gun, youth and muzzle loader seasons when they can hunt one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Archers hunting during the statewide gun, statewide youth or muzzle loader seasons must wear a solid or camouflaged hunter orange jacket, coat, vest or coveralls.
To hunt deer in Ohio, hunters must have a deer permit and a hunting license. State law allows hunters to take only one antlered buck per year, regardless of the type of deer season or deer permit used.
Hunters and anglers can sign-up for a free e-mail newsletter on public access hunting and fishing spots. To register, send an e-mail with the word "subscribe" in the subject header to Huntandfish.email@example.com., or go to Ohiodnr.com/wildlife. During last year's archery season, bowhunters killed a record 50,564 deer, up 3.4 percent from the previous year. Crossbow hunters took 29,397 last year and long bow hunters took 21,167.