Athens, Ohio – Muzzleloader hunters took 568 deer during the
weeklong, October early muzzleloader deer hunt, according to the
DNR Division of Wildlife.
Hunters took 315 deer at Salt Fork Wildlife Area, 162 deer at
Wildcat Hollow, and 91 deer at Shawnee State Forest. During last
year’s early muzzleloader hunt, hunters took a total of 273 deer
for the season; 137 deer at Salt Fork Wildlife Area, 98 deer at
Wildcat Hollow, and 38 deer at Shawnee State Forest.
“The increase in harvest is encouraging,” said Division of
Wildlife deer biologist Mike Tonkovich. “As we saw last year,
weather – inclement or otherwise – can have a significant impact on
the harvest, however.”
The early muzzleloader season was open Oct. 20 through Oct. 25.
This year, hunters did not have to apply for a controlled hunt
permit to participate in the hunt as has been required in the past.
The season allows for the harvest of antlered and antlerless deer,
and this year the $15 antlerless deer permits were valid for
Ohio’s various deer hunting seasons coupled with a healthy
population gives hunters a good opportunity for success. Archery
season opened Sept. 27 and runs through Feb. 1, 2009. Deer gun
season will open Dec. 1 and extend through Dec. 7, and be open for
a weekend hunt on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. The statewide muzzleloader
season is Dec. 27 through Dec. 30.
Hunters interested in donating venison to food banks are
reminded that the Division of Wildlife has collaborated with
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the
processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate their deer to a
food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as
funding for the effort lasts. More information about this program
can be found online at www.fhfh.org
For additional information on all of Ohio’s deer hunting seasons
and requirements, hunters are advised to review the 2008-2009 Ohio
Hunting and Trapping Regulations. Information is also available
online at www.wildohio.com