COLUMBUS — State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) discussed important information for outdoor enthusiasts regarding the 2018-2019 deer hunting season. Notable changes include an updated deer bag limit in Jefferson County, a new public land antlerless deer limit and additional license options.

Rep. Cera noted that in order to stabilize the deer population, the deer bag limit in Jefferson County has been lowered to two. Belmont and Monroe counties will retain their three bag limit.

In addition, hunters statewide will be limited to one antlerless deer harvested on public lands for the 2018-2019 season.

"When changes are made to hunting and trapping regulations, the goal is always to ensure that the next generation of sportsmen and sportswomen have the same sporting opportunities that we enjoy," said Cera. "I’m looking forward to another successful hunting season."

Rep. Cera also noted that new options are on the horizon for hunting licenses in Ohio. Recently passed legislation, which takes effect in late September, allows the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to create multi-year and even lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. The department expects such offerings will be made available later this year.

Deer hunting season dates include:

Deer archery: Sept. 29, 2018 – Feb. 3, 2019

Youth deer gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018

Deer gun: Nov. 26 – December 2, 2018; Dec. 15-16, 2018

Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 5-8. 2019

Rep. Cera, who co-chairs the Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, worked closely alongside ODNR, interested parties and members of the General Assembly during the development of the new licensing options.

Further information on the 2018-2019 hunting and trapping seasons can be found at www.wildohio.gov.