Deer archery season is about to begin in Ohio

With back to school and the end of summer, next on the calendar for many Ohioans is the start of white-tailed deer archery hunting season. Ohio’s popular deer archery season opens statewide on Saturday, Sept. 24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division.

The 2021-22 deer season saw a record 95,303 deer caught with bows, or 48% of the total harvest. Bowhunting continues to grow in popularity, in part due to the accessibility of crossbow hunting. About 71% of Ohio’s bow harvest was with a crossbow, although compound, recurve, and longbows remain in favor with many archers.

October and November are the most popular months for bowhunters due to increased deer activity during the breeding season. For more tips, visit the Wild Ohio Harvest Community’s Getting Started: Deer Hunting page on wildohio.gov.

The archery season continues until February 5. Ohio offers additional seasons for hunters to pursue deer. The youth-only gun hunt is open to hunters under the age of 18 the weekend of November 19-20. The seven-day stag gun season is Monday, November 28 through Sunday, December 4, with a bonus weekend from December 17-18. Muzzle-loading deer season is Saturday, January 7 through Tuesday, January 10.

Archery season opens in the chronic wasting disease surveillance area of ​​Hardin, Marion and Wyandot counties on September 10, with an early shooting season in those counties October 8-10. Find all the details in Hunting and Trapping Regulation 2022-23.

Deer hunting presents a unique challenge, especially with archery equipment. Practicing with your gear before a hunt can help you hone the patience and skills needed for clean, ethical shooting. Find a public shooting range near you to find a safe and accessible place to practice.

Bowhunters can find hunting opportunities near them on both public and private lands. The Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership encourages landowners to allow hunters access to their property. Hunters can obtain a free daily permit to access hunting on private land through the HuntFish OH mobile app or at wildohio.gov. To date, 18,400 acres of private land are accessible through the OLHAP program.

Deer hunters can download the free HuntFish OH mobile app to purchase licenses and permits, view maps of public hunting areas, view current hunting regulations, or check game even without a cellular connection. The app is available for Android and iOS users in the App Store.

A deer management permit costs $15 and can be used to harvest antlerless deer. Deer management permits are used to improve the overall health of Ohio’s deer population and create better hunting opportunities. Deer management permits are valid on private lands and certain public hunting areas until November 27, 2022 and during authorized controlled hunts.

• Eastern monarch butterflies now fly across Ohio between summer breeding grounds and wintering grounds in Mexico, according to ODNR’s Wildlife Division. Monarchs can travel 50 to 100 miles a day, making it one of the most impressive migrations in the animal kingdom. The journey can take them thousands of miles before they reach their destination.

Migratory monarchs depend on adequate food resources throughout their journey. Native flowers provide monarchs with the fuel they need to reach overwintering areas. Look for monarch butterflies in the coming weeks in forests, fields, gardens and waterways as they migrate through Ohio. Migrants can travel individually or in groups.

Monarch butterflies are in decline across their range, as are many other pollinating insects, primarily due to the loss of grassland and grassy habitats. One of the most important ways to help declining butterflies and other pollinators is to keep tracts of unmown grassland. The Division of Wildlife manages the habitat in many wildlife areas in the state of Ohio to provide these grasslands which provide nectar-producing plants.

You can play a role in supporting monarch butterflies by planting milkweed. Milkweed is the sole host plant for monarch butterflies and is beneficial at every stage of the insect’s life cycle. Early fall is the perfect time to collect milkweed pods from the landscape and plant the seeds to add valuable monarch habitat. The Monarch Joint Venture, an organization dedicated to monarch butterfly conservation, provides guidelines for collecting and planting milkweed pods.

Planting pollinator gardens is a rewarding way to help wildlife, and the impacts are easily appreciated by seeing butterflies and other pollinators move from plant to plant. Browse the free publications Backyards for Butterflies or Milkweeds and Monarchs to help you choose what to plant. Publications such as these and the free field guide series are made possible in part by funds generated from donations as well as the sale of licenses and permits.

Until next time, happy hunting and fishing!

Ken Parrott is an agricultural science teacher at Northmor High School.

Earnest A. Martinez