Ohio allows straight wall hunting of whitetail deer.
Ohioans are jumping for joy and are eager to get into the woods. The population of America's heartland, waiting for the chance to hunt deer with a rifle, will finally be rewarded.
From Dec. 1-7, people in Ohio can hunt whitetail deer with rifles for the first time. This is a step toward large caliber deer hunting in the state while its neighbor, Kentucky, has had rifle hunting seasons for years. Yet, rifle hunting in Ohio is still limited to "straight wall cartridges."
Ohio's new law is a step in the right direction toward being able to hunt with popular rifle calibers like .270, .30-06, .308, and 30-30, but it's not quite there.
The new law allows for the use of these calibers: .357 Magnum, .357 maximum. 38 special, .375 super Magnum, .375 Winchester, .38-55, 41 Colt, .41 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .444 Marlin, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .45 Winchester Magnum, .45 Smith & Wesson, .454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .45-70 Government, .45-90, .45-110, 475 Linebaugh, .50-70, .50-90, .50-100, .50-110, and .500 Smith & Wesson.
What all of this means is that Ohio hunters can only hunt with rifles and handguns that have straight wall cartridges. The ideology behind it is that straight wall cartridges are just as effective as classic rifle calibers, but they don't have the same range. A .45-70 Government is one of the oldest and best hunting calibers for 200 yards.
Ohio lawmakers have been hesitant to allow loads other than shotguns and black powder due to the high population density of the state. Straight wall is a way to allow rifle ballistics, but without the danger of over reaching.