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Ohio Deer Hunters Have Successful Muzzle Hunting Season

ByMary M. Ward

Jan 17, 2022
ODNR

COLUMBUS – Hunters in Ohio ended the 2022 muzzleloading season with 12,141 deer checked from Saturday, Jan. 8 through Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Wildlife Division. . Over the past three years, an average of 11,501 deer have been captured with a muzzleloader over the same four-day period.

Deer standing in field.Caption: Ohio’s muzzle hunting season ended on Tuesday January 11th.

The top 10 counties for deer harvested in the 2022 muzzleloader season include: Coshocton (467), Tuscarawas (455), Guernsey (386), Ashtabula (363), Muskingum (356), Knox (344) , Meigs (338), Carroll (322), Lick (316) and Harrison (301). Coshocton County led the state in the 2021 muzzleloading season with 367 deer checked, while hunters captured 9,708 deer statewide.

“Ohio offers plenty of opportunities for deer hunters to get into the field, and that includes the recently ended muzzleloading season,” said Kendra Wecker, wildlife division chief. “It has been a successful season for many hunters. All deer harvested in Ohio must be registered in the Division of Wildlife’s Game Control System. The data collected in the system is used to manage the Ohio deer herd for sustainable populations in the future.

Harvest records show that during the 2022 muzzleloading season, hunters took 3,333 bucks (27% of deer taken), 7,239 does (60%) and 1,282 button bucks (11%) . Bucks with fallen antlers and bucks with antlers less than 3 inches long accounted for 287 deer or 2% of the harvest.

During the nine days of gun hunting, 79,805 deer were captured. Additionally, young hunters harvested 7,634 deer during the two-day youngster shooting season. With about a month left to hunt with archery equipment, hunters in Ohio checked 186,426 deer in all seasons. Ohio’s archery season is open through Sunday, February 6.

Deer hunting is taking place in all 88 counties and hunters in Ohio have purchased 394,059 deer hunting licenses through Tuesday, January 11. Deer hunting hotspots are found primarily in the eastern regions including Ashtabula, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Muskingum, Guernsey and Knox counties.

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting generates more than $853 million in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging, and more, according to the National Shooting publication Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation. Sports Foundations.

Deer hunters are reminded to download the HuntFish OH mobile app, which allows hunters to record their deer in the field, even without a Wi-Fi connection. When a hunter checks game without a clear signal, the information entered are recorded and stored until the hunter moves to a location with better reception. Users can also purchase licenses and permits and view wildlife area maps through the app. HuntFish OH is free and available for Android and iOS users through the App Store.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio Hunting Regulations 2021-22 booklet, available at wildohio.gov and on the HuntFish OH mobile app. Summaries of previous seasons and updated weekly reports are available on the Deer Harvest Summary page.

The mission of the Wildlife Division is to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and enjoyment by all. Visit wildohio.gov to learn more.

The ODNR ensures a balance between the rational use and the protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Note: A county list of all white-tailed deer harvested with a muzzleloader during the 2022 muzzleloader hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county name indicates the harvest count for 2022, and the three-year average of deer harvested in 2019, 2020, 2021 is in parentheses. A three-year average provides a better overall comparison to this year’s harvest numbers, eliminating year-to-year variations due to weather, misaligned season dates, harvests and other factors. inevitable. The harvest figures below are raw data and subject to change.

Adam: 213 (206); Allen: 46 (48); Ashland: 227 (223); Ashtabula: 363 (258); Athens: 259 (276); Increase: 60 (47); Belmont: 257 (240); Brown: 189 (195); Butler: 76 (86); Carroll: 322 (292); Champagne: 62 (85); Clark: 51 (42); Clermont: 123 (144); Clinton: 37 (48); Colombian: 249 (199); Cochocton: 467 (415); Crawford: 62 (66); Cuyahoga: 1 (3); Dark: 45 (42); Challenge: 93 (101); Delaware: 72 (67); Erie: 40 (40); Fairfield: 130 (112); Fayettes: 18 (22); Franklin: 37 (32); Fulton: 38 (35); Gallia: 193 (158); Geauga: 126 (85); Green: 53 (46); Guernsey: 386 (335); Hamilton: 41 (31); Hancock: 57 (61); Hardin: 49 (89); Harrisson: 301 (266); Henry: 31 (32); Highlands: 177 (184); Hocking: 212 (208); Holmes: 301 (270); Hurons: 130 (126); Jackson: 218 (201); Jefferson: 201 (144); Knox: 344 (307); Lake: 33 (24); Lawrence: 88 (103); Licking: 316 (342); Logan: 101 (125); Lorraine: 115 (116); Lucas: 17 (15); Madison: 28 (35); Mahoning: 116 (105); Mario: 46 (45); Medina: 132 (139); Meigs: 338 (293); Mercier: 26 (37); Miami: 47 (32); Monroe: 215 (195); Montgomery: 28 (28); Morgana: 282 (237); Tomorrow: 89 (100); Muskingum: 356 (350); Nobles: 245 (216); Ottawa: 31 (26); Pauling: 52 (62); Perry: 189 (191); Pickaway: 43 (53); Pike: 131 (136); Carry: 106 (98); Preble: 48 (62); Putnam: 31 (26); Richlands: 214 (218); Ross: 226 (209); Sandusky: 55 (54); Scioto: 130 (127); Seneca: 85 (104); Shelby: 48 (60); Stark: 187 (173); Peak: 40 (29); Trumbull: 188 (146); Tuscarawa: 455 (373); Union: 52 (52); Van Wert: 24 (20); Vinton: 184 (178); Warren: 59 (61); Washington: 237 (277); Wayne: 117 (139); Williams: 111 (92); Wood: 43 (49); Wyandot: 80 (82).

Total 2022: 12,141.
Three-year average: (11,501).