For the first time, Ohio hunters will be able to go after deer with rifles when the gun season opens on Dec. 1. But only rifles that shoot straight-wall cartridges will be legal. So now you can use shotguns, handguns, straight-wall cartridge rifles, muzzleloaders and archery to kill deer in the Buckeye state.
Proposals have been made and are now under consideration at Cowan and Acton Lakes in southwest Ohio to increase horsepower limits. At Cowan, the decision has been made to keep the 10 hp limit for another year while it is under further study. At Acton, a decision could be handed down in May. If hp limits are raised only idle speed will be allowed.