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Deer season underway in Ohio and Pennsylvania

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Hunters are in the field as deer season is underway in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Mercer County is in one of several Pennsylvania Wildlife Management Units where hunters are stalking antlered deer now through Friday.

Hunters in Pennsylvania are limited to one antlered deer per year.

Holders of valid Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer permits may also harvest antlerless deer on DMAP properties during this period.

More information about hunting in Pennsylvania may be found here.

Deer gun season is also underway in Ohio, in what the Ohio Department of Natural Resources call the most effective way of maintaining a healthy deer population.

Students from nine Trumbull County school districts may be out in the woods instead of a classroom today.

The Thanksgiving break extended until today in the Bloomfield-Mespo, Brookfield, Howland, Joseph Badger, Maplewood, McDonald, Newton Falls, Southington school districts, as well as the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center.

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Deer bag limits are determined by county, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

Hunters are limited to three deer in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties.

The statewide bag limit is six deer. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location.

Hunting hours for all deer seasons are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

During the deer-gun seasons, deer can be hunted with a shotgun, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger, specific pistol-cartridge rifles or bows from Monday, Nov. 28, to Sunday, Dec. 4, and Dec. 17-18.

Hunters and others who have questions about hunting can contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife toll-free at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). The white-tailed deer-gun hunting seasons occur at a time when

Ohio hunters may have last-minute questions, and the ODNR Division of Wildlife will be available to assist. Special call center hours include 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28, to Friday, Dec. 2, and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, for deer-gun season.

Details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2016-2017 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations, available where licenses are sold or at wildohio.gov.

Only either-sex permits may be used after Sunday, Nov. 27, unless hunting in an ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunt.

Poacher Hotline

Ohioans are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting violations to the division's Turn-In-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline by calling 800-POACHER (762-2437). Established in 1982, the TIP program allows individuals to anonymously call toll-free to report wildlife violations. The 800-POACHER hotline is open for calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Tips concerning wildlife violations can also be submitted at wildohio.gov. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award.

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