COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters will have their first opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer when archery season opens on Saturday, Sept. 29, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Ohio's 2018-2019 deer seasons include:
• Archery: Sept. 29, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2019
• Youth gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018
• Gun: Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 2018, and Dec. 15-16, 2018
• Muzzleloader: Jan. 5-8, 2019
New for the 2018-2019 season, only one antlerless deer may be taken from Ohio's public hunting areas per license year. In addition, from Dec. 3, 2018, through Feb. 3, 2019, no antlerless deer may be taken from public hunting areas in Ohio, excluding controlled hunts. A list of public hunting areas can be found at wildohio.gov.
In addition, new carcass rules apply to all carcasses brought into Ohio from a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)-susceptible species (white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, caribou or moose.) No person is permitted to bring high-risk carcass parts of CWD-susceptible species into Ohio from any state, Mexican state or Canadian province, regardless of the CWD status of the exporting jurisdiction. High-risk carcass parts may be transported through Ohio if they are not unloaded within the state.
If you hunt outside Ohio, you must bone out the meat before returning to the state with an elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer, caribou or moose. Only the following parts may be brought into Ohio:
• Meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;
• Meat that is boned out, securely and completely wrapped either commercially or privately;
• Cleaned hides with no heads attached;
• Skull plates that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;
• Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;
• Cleaned upper canine teeth;
• Hides and capes without any part of the head or lymph nodes attached; or
• Finished taxidermy mounts.