Deer archery season opens September 24
COLUMBUS — With schools resuming and summer winding down, 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 (ODNR) Wildlife Division.
“Deer hunting is a tradition in Ohio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “Throughout the season and beyond, hunting-related tourism, equipment sales, and license sales bring revenue to Ohio from hunters across the country, a large portion of that revenue being donated to state wildlife.”
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.
Archery season continues through February 5, 2023. 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, 2023.
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.