NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – Deer season in the western suburbs will begin near the end of September. Landowners who want to make available their land for longbow/crossbow hunting need to register soon. The rules and regulations for deer season are very specific.
According to North Ridgeville’s information, if your land is approved for deer longbow/crossbow hunting, all persons you allow to hunt on your property during the season must carry the following:
· A current State of Ohio hunting license (when required by the state)
· An Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) land permission slip signed by the landowner.
It is also the landowner’s responsibility to make sure those who hunt on their private property are aware and follow all ODNR and local ordinances. If the rules and/or ordinances are not followed, the landowner may be held responsible. Even worse, if violations are repeated, the registration permit might be revoked.
Some specific parameters for deer hunting season include the following:
· All hunters under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older.
· All longbow and crossbow hunting of deer on registered sites must be carried out from an elevated platform or tree stand that is a minimum of eight feet off the ground. No longbow or crossbow shot(s) may be taken on the ground.
· Hunting deer with any weapon other than a longbow or crossbow is prohibited.
· Longbow/crossbow season begins September 26, 2020 and ends February 7, 2021.
· Hours to hunt deer with longbow/crossbow are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
· Total bag limit is determined and regulated by ODNR.
To register land to allow deer hunting, visit the lobby of the North Ridgeville police station or visit https://www.nridgeville.org/deerhunting.aspx for the necessary forms.
For questions or additional information contact the North Ridgeville Police Department at (440) 327-2191 or ODNR Wildlife District Three Office at 330-644-2293.