COLUMBUS, OH – If you haven't yet shot your buck this year, there's still time with a firearm.
Ohio’s white-tailed deer muzzleloader hunting season opens Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, according to the Ohio DNR. Deer-muzzleloader hunting season runs through Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
Hunters can pursue deer in Ohio with a muzzleloader or bow during this four-day season. Hunters checked 16,464 deer during the 2014 four-day muzzleloader season.
Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Ohio's small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons are also open during the muzzleloader season. All hunters (except waterfowl hunters) must wear a visible solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange coat, jacket, vest or coveralls during the muzzleloader season.
Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. Hunters have harvested more than 151,000 deer so far in the 2014 hunting seasons. Deer-archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. During the 2013-2014 seasons, Ohio hunters checked 191,459 deer.
Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.