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People all around are getting geared for hunting

Deer permits range between $12 and $80 this year

Photo submitted by Cody Venham Caleb Venham, 6, of Dart, sets up in the blind for hunting white-tailed deer this past weekend.

Before the sun peaked out over trees surrounding the field, a 6-year-old boy and his father were in the blind in Southeast Ohio this weekend.

“He was excited, he was ready to get up and go,” described the father, beaming with pride. “I just shook him on the shoulder and he got right up, he was out getting dressed even before I told him to get dressed … I think we got up at 5:30 and we were in the woods by 6 a.m.”

Caleb Venham, 6, of Dart, quickly dressed Saturday and Sunday morning, slipping into jeans, boots and his camouflage gear, ready to spend time in the quiet with his dad.

“We went in the woods,” he explained. “I carry the 350.”

It was the first year Caleb could hold a youth deer gun license and a memory that his father hopes he treasures.

“I just hope he remembers it all, I mean, it was fun for me, it was a great time,” said Cody Venham, 31. “Just to see the smile on his face (when) he saw that deer. I hope he remembers that.”

Though the pair didn’t bag a buck or a doe, the days spent together were ones of focus and gratitude.

“He shot his first gun when he was 5 and we’ve been working with him ever since,” explained Cody. “When I first started, I just told him what it was and how it works, told him that it can hurt people and he needs to be extra safe with it. Be careful, always treated like it’s loaded … He listens. He pays attention. It’s not like he’s in the 6-year-old mode when he’s with guns. It’s like he’s 14/15. He really buckles down and pays attention. And that’s why he got (to go hunting) early.”

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife offers three types of hunter certification courses:

¯ Instructor-led training.

¯ Home-study courses for Ohio residents.

¯ Online testing for residents 12-years-old and older.

New hunters also are afforded the option of hunting with an apprentice license before taking a hunter education course.

Deer permits range in cost between $12 and $80 this year depending on residency and age.

Adult hunters are likewise heading out next week, with gun season-opening Monday, Nov. 30, and wrapping up on Dec. 6 in Ohio, with the option for a bonus weekend again just before winter holidays on Dec. 19 and 20, and muzzleloader season Jan. 2-5, 2021.

Washington, Monroe, Belmont, Harrison and Jefferson counties are limited to two-deer bags in the 2020-21 season.

Meigs, Athens, Morgan, Noble and Guernsey are three-deer counties this season.

The statewide bag limit (including those hunters preferring archery) is six deer with only one antlered.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, hunting any wild animal (except waterfowl) from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset during gun and muzzleloader seasons is unlawful “unless the hunter is visibly wearing a vest, coat, jacket or coveralls that are either solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange.”

Deer management permits will not be sold after Sunday.

Fall Wild Turkey Season is also open through Sunday in most Ohio counties, including all of Southeast Ohio, with a valid Ohio hunting license and fall turkey permit required.

The bag limit for turkeys this year is one of either sex.

Bobwhite Quail hunting is open in select counties and wildlife areas through Sunday, too, with a daily limit of two.

Athens, Meigs, Vinton and Jackson counties are the closest available areas for the limited hunt.

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

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