Muzzleloader kill up over 2012’s figures

Columbus – Successful hunters checked 21,555 white-tailed deer during the 2013 muzzleloader season, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. Muzzleloader season concluded on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The 2013 harvest total represents a 12 percent increase over the 2012 season, when hunters checked 19,251 deer. This season also surpassed that of 2011 when the muzzleloader harvest was 17,375.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the 2013 muzzleloader season include: Guernsey (821), Coshocton (813), Tuscarawas (784), Muskingum (751), Belmont (739), Carroll (683), Harrison (677), Licking (675), Jefferson (619) and Knox (520).

Deer-archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3. More information provided by ODNR Division of Wildlife about Ohio deer hunting can be found in the 2012-2013 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the photo gallery tab online.

Hunters are encouraged to donate any extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. The Division of Wildlife is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate deer are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor. To see which counties are involved in this program, go to

Successful hunters may also send his or her pictures into Ohio Outdoor News for publication. There are forms inside this issue and you may also submit them online at

Editor’s Note: A list of white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2013 muzzleloader hunting season, Jan. 5-8, is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2013, and the 2012 numbers are in parentheses.

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