Medina is one of 44 Ohio counties that will see reduced bag limits on deer next hunting season.
The Ohio Wildlife Council approved new white-tailed deer hunting regulations on Wednesday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The new regulations lower deer bag limits in half of Ohio’s 88 counties, keep it the same in 39 and increase it in five.
Medina County’s new limit is three deer. It had been four.
Among neighboring counties, the bag limit will be four in Cuyahoga and Summit counties and three in Lorain, Wayne and Ashland counties.
Natural Resources Department officials said the new deer bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties, as the number approaches target levels.
The reduced bag limits were proposed in February by the department’s Division of Wildlife. The public was invited to comment on the proposals at public meetings and online at www.wildohio.com through March 2.
A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules was held on March 13
The council also approved straight-walled cartridge rifles for deer hunting. The rifles are the same caliber and use the same straight-walled cartridges that are legal for use in handguns. Rifles that used straight-wall cartridges have reduced recoil compared to larger shotguns and are more accurate than the same caliber handgun.
The regulation states shotguns and straight-walled cartridge rifles used for deer hunting be loaded with no more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined. A shotgun must be plugged to limit it to holding no more than three shells.
Legal deer hunting rifles are chambered for the following calibers:
- .357 Magnum
- .357 Maximum
- .38 Special
- .375 Super Magnum
- .375 Winchester
- .41 Long Colt
- .41 Magnum
- .44 Special
- .44 Magnum
- .444 Marlin
- .45 ACP
- .45 Colt
- .45 Long Colt
- .45 Winchester Magnum
- .45 Smith & Wesson
- .454 Casull
- .460 Smith & Wesson
- .45-70, .45-90, .45-110, .475 Linebaugh
- .50-70, .50-90, .50-100, .50-110 and .500 Smith & Wesson.
New next year, youth hunters can bag up to two wild turkeys during the 2015 two-day youth season (one per day). The bag limit remains one wild turkey for the two-day 2014 youth wild turkey hunting season.
In other action Wednesday, the Council approved changes to Ohio’s list of endangered and threatened species.
The bobcat, previously threatened, was removed from the list, although it remains a protected species in Ohio with no hunting or trapping season.
The snowshoe hare was changed to “a species of concern” and smooth greensnakes were changed to endangered.
The Bewick’s wren was listed as extirpated, meaning it no longer can be found in Ohio.
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations.