COLUMBUS -- Ohio hunters and others interested in the state's white-tailed deer management programs have the opportunity to provide feedback about hunting regulations and season structures in central Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 23, and in northeast Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 30, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
After input from last year's deer summits and considering participation from across the state, the ODNR Division of Wildlife has decided to host a centrally located summit in Columbus and another summit in northeast Ohio. Each date will offer the option of a morning and afternoon session. Space at each session is limited, and hunters must register to attend. Spaces will be filled on a first-come basis so individuals are encouraged to register early.
Hunters who wish to attend the summit should pre-register by Friday, Jan. 22. Summits will be held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days at the following locations:
Jan. 23: Wildlife District One Headquarters, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, 43215. Call 614-644-3925 and select option 4 to pre-register.
Jan. 30: Wildlife District Three Headquarters, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, 44319. Call 330-644-2293 to pre-register.
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 that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists. More information about managing deer in Ohio, including the publication, Quality vs. Quantity, A Closer Look at Deer Herd Condition Trends in Ohio, is available at wildohio.gov.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.