Ohio muzzleloader deer season wrapped up, and the totals are in.
Ohio’s 2015 muzzleloader season produced 13,726 whitetail deer harvested. The Ohio season was three days total between January 2nd and January 5th.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, these are the 10 top ranking Ohio counties for muzzleloader harvest this year:
Coshocton (553), Muskingum (445), Meigs (404), Guernsey (395), Belmont (393), Licking (390), Tuscarawas (363), Carroll (341), Washington (340) and Athens (335)
So far, deer harvest numbers are down compared to this time last year. Over all 2014-15 seasons, 167,013 deer have been checked. The 2014 Ohio muzzleloader season yielded a harvest of 16,464 deer, compared to 182,861 at the same point last year.
The ODNR points to positive management practices, which would have naturally brought the overall numbers down. Since bag limits were decreased in 46 counties prior to the 2014-2015 deer hunting season, and antlerless permits were eliminated in 29 counties, there was reason to believe the numbers of total deer checked would decrease.
Like the ODNR says, “Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population.”