Deer hunters took to the fields today on Ohio's first day of gun season.
Our hope for each hunter is simple. First, it would be nice if everyone had a successful outing and brings some trophy home. Second, we really hope everyone remains safe while hunting and while going to and from home.
Ohio's Department of Natural Resources has all the answers:
Know the rules. Be sure you have the necessary permit. Also, know where you can and can't hunt. Know when you can hunt: sunrise to sunset Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, and Dec. 15 and 16.
Hunters also don't have to transport their deer to a checking station. They can use the state's automated game check process. License agents will process game check transactions, but will not visually inspect or permanently tag deer on behalf of hunters. For deer, the hunter must complete the automated game check and permanent tagging process by noon the day after the kill or 11:30 p.m. the last day of the season.
As for safety, be sure you're healthy enough to get your catch out of the field. If not, be sure you have help in getting your deer.
Some other safety tips we hope hunters follow:
We know, all these tips get repeated each year. But there's a reason why. We hate to see anyone get hurt while out enjoying a special time in Ohio, or West Virginia, where hunting season started a week earlier.
Just be safe and stay safe.