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Ohio, PA & WV Deer Archery Seasons Open September 29

September 28, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH Hunters will have their first opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer when archery season opens on Saturday, September 29, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Ohio's 2018-2019 deer seasons include:

Archery: Sept. 29, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2019

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Hunters will have their first opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer when archery season opens on Saturday, September 29 in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Photo by Metro Creative

Youth gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018

Gun: Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 2018, and Dec. 15-16, 2018

Muzzleloader: Jan. 5-8, 2019

Pennsylvania's statewide archery deer season also begins Saturday. Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Sept. 29 to Nov. 12, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12.

West Virginia archers open the crossbow season for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar on Saturday, Sept. 29. The archery and crossbow deer and bear seasons run through Dec. 31.

New for the 2018-2019 season in Ohio, only one antlerless deer may be taken from 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

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.

As a reminder, portions of Holmes and Tuscarawas counties have been declared a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) as part of the state's ongoing efforts to monitor CWD. Specific regulations that apply to hunters who harvest a deer within the DSA can be found at

The statewide bag limit is six deer, and only one deer may be antlered regardless of location or method of take. Deer bag limits are determined by county, and hunters cannot exceed a county bag limit. Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset for all deer seasons. Additional details and requirements for deer hunting are contained in the 2018-2019 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet, available where licenses are sold or at

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio's deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio's Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population which maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Visit the ODNR website at; the PA Game Commission website at and WVDNR website at



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