This in the latest newsletter:
Hunters in Wyandot, Marion, and Hardin Counties Asked to Submit Deer for CWD Testing Additional deer samples are needed in response to recent CWD positive cases, and to better understand CWD in Ohio. Samples of deer harvested from all townships in Wyandot, Hardin, and Marion counties are requested, which is a slight expansion from the current disease surveillance area. ohiodnr.gov/cwd
Going back a few newsletters:
OHIO’S PROPOSED FALL 2022 WILD TURKEY HUNTING SEASON REDUCED BY THREE WEEKS January 13, 2022 Ohio’s Proposed Fall 2022 Wild Turkey Hunting Season Reduced by Three Weeks COLUMBUS, Ohio – Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife recommended a major reduction to the 2022 fall wild turkey hunting season during the Ohio Wildlife Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Under the proposal received Wednesday, Ohio’s fall wild turkey season would begin on Saturday, Oct. 15 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 13, a reduction of three weeks when compared to the 2021 fall season.
The fall turkey hunting proposal was part of a larger package of season dates that were presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council, and includes small game, waterfowl, and furbearers.
Wild turkey populations have declined throughout Ohio following several years of below average reproductive success. The proposed reduction in the fall hunting season length goes along with a reduced limit for the spring season. Ohio hunters harvested 695 wild turkeys during the 2021 fall season that was open in 70 of 88 counties. The average harvest during the three previous years (2018 to 2020) was 1,079 birds.
Further hunting season proposals
Additional 2022-23 hunting seasons dates that were proposed Wednesday include small game, furbearers, and waterfowl. Proposals include the traditional start dates of squirrel and mourning dove on Thursday, Sept. 1, furbearer hunting and trapping on Thursday, Nov. 10, and rabbit and pheasant on Friday, Nov. 4.
Waterfowl hunting dates in the Lake Erie marsh zone were proposed to begin on Saturday, Oct. 15. The north zone and south zone waterfowl openers were proposed for Saturday, Oct. 22.
White-tailed deer hunting seasons will be presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
Ohio Wildlife Council
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all Ohio Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Council meetings are held virtually and open to the public. Individuals interested in providing comments are asked to call 614-265-6304 at least two days prior to the meeting to register. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.
A statewide hearing on all proposed rules will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
I hope they don’t do this, but there seems to be more for than against at this point.
Thinking about the early season rumer for Hardon, Wyandot, and Marion Counties and kinda reading between the lines of the timeline published newsletters, the rumers might be for real:
"White-tailed deer hunting seasons will be presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Feb. 9."
Then in the most recent newsletter:
"Hunters in Wyandot, Marion, and Hardin Counties Asked to Submit Deer for CWD Testing Additional deer samples are needed in response to recent CWD positive cases, and to better understand CWD in Ohio"
Well, we'll know in about a month....
Go about 6 paragraphs down:
" 2022-23 DEER HUNTING PROPOSALS PRESENTED TO OHIO WILDLIFE COUNCIL
A disease surveillance area was established following the discovery in 2020 of two CWD-positive deer in Wyandot County. Further testing revealed eight more CWD-positive deer in 2021. The Division of Wildlife has proposed additional measures to increase the deer harvest, decrease the possibility of disease transmission, and limit the spread of CWD in Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot counties. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and other similar species.
Proposed deer seasons in the disease surveillance area include a longer archery season that opens Sept. 1, and an early gun season during three days in early October.
Deer archery: Sept. 1, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023. Early deer gun: Oct. 8-10, 2022. Youth deer gun: Nov. 19-20, 2022. Deer gun: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2022; Dec. 17-18, 2022. Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 7-10, 2023. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
I do like the idea of a September 1 archery season for a chance at killing a velvet buck, but want no part of a firearm season in October.... Years ago when the population was at its peak they tried a short statewide antlerless firearm season (I think it was muzzleloader only) a few days in early October (maybe it was a week, can't remember) but anyhow I think it only lasted a season or two before public outcry mainly from hunters convinced them to stop... Man, I'm getting old and can't remember like I used too...
Yeah Old Reb, I think you're right...