Ohio wildlife officials OK regulations for hunters

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio wildlife officials have signed off on new hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, including decreased deer bag limits in many counties.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the Ohio Wildlife Council also approved a rule letting hunters use straight-walled cartridge rifles during the 2014 season's gun week.

Biologists with the state prepared the deer hunting proposals. The natural resources department says the new bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties, as the number approaches target levels.

Bag limits were trimmed in half of Ohio's counties. The limits increased in five, while staying the same in 39 counties.

The council also voted to remove bobcats from Ohio's list of threatened species, though they are still considered a protected species.

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Division of Wildlife: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/