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CLEVELAND (WJW) – Deer gun hunting season kicked off last weekend in Ohio with youth hunters.

Monday, Nov. 29 begins the 2021 gun season for everyone.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife expects about 300,000 hunters to make their way out to the state’s forests and fields.

Gun season lasts through Nov. 5 and then holds an additional weekend on Dec. 18 and 19.

Hunters can only take one antlered deer. Legal hunting equipment for all deer gun seasons includes specific shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns, straight-walled cartridge rifles and archery equipment.

Check the 2021-22 Ohio hunting regulations booklet for county-specific bag limits and updates on hunting permits.

According to ODNR, hunters harvested 92,310 deer during the 2020 seasons.

“Ohio is a deer-rich state that has built a national reputation for quality deer hunting based on sound long-term wildlife management of this important resource,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Deer are far and away Ohio’s most important game animal. The deer harvest produces approximately 10 million pounds of venison each year for people to enjoy.”

For more information, visit the ODNR’s website.