Fur takers in Ohio can begin hunting and trapping animals such as raccoons and weasels this weekend.
The state's Department of Natural Resources says hunters and trappers are expected to encounter good populations of fur-bearing animals when the season begins Sunday.
Ohio is among the nation's leading producers of raw furs.
The state says 22,520 fur taker permits were sold in Ohio last year. The state currently has 69 licensed fur dealers.
Fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel hunting and trapping seasons are open Sunday through the end of January. Mink and muskrat trapping seasons are open Sunday through February.
Other information about the season and permit requirements can be found at wildohio.com.