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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES REMINDS ARCHERY HUNTERS THEY CAN CONTINUE HUNTING DEER DURING DEER GUN SEASON

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 27 ~PRNewswire~ -- Archery hunters can enjoy an extended hunting opportunity as longbows and crossbows have been added to the list of legal weapons for the statewide deer firearms season Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, according to the Division of Wildlife. All hunters, including archery hunters, must visibly wear a hat, cap, jacket, or vest colored hunter orange while hunting during the firearms season and the statewide primitive season in January.
 The Division of Wildlife earlier this year recommended to the Wildlife Council that archery hunters should be allowed to hunt during the firearms deer season. In past years, longbows and crossbows were not permitted for use during the statewide deer firearms season. The Wildlife Council agreed and adopted the recommendation this year so that archery hunters can participate in next week's deer firearms season.
 Archery hunters account for about 14 percent of the year's total deer harvest. It is estimated the number of deer harvested during the firearms season by archery hunters will be insignificant compared to the number of deer harvested with the use of firearms, which include certain types of handguns and muzzleloading rifles of .38 calibre or larger.
 The Division of Wildlife estimates 98,000 deer will be taken during the firearms season. Ohio's total estimated deer population ranges from 230,000 to 325,000.
 But unlike the deer archery season, which continues through Jan. 30, archery hunters must wear hunter orange during the firearms season. "This simply ensures the safety of all hunters in the field and is in compliance with the existing law which has in the past applied to firearms deer hunters," said Division of Wildlife Chief Richard Pierce.
 During the 1991-92 deer hunting season, 9,401 deer were harvested with a crossbow and 7,708 with a longbow. The total deer harvest last year was a record 119,215. It is unlawful to possess more than one hunting implement while hunting deer.
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 ~CONTACT: John Wisse, Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 614-265-6539~


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