Ohio Muzzleloader Hunters Bag 16k+ Deer

Dead dear and the frozen stiffs who killed them (courtesy ammoland.com)

According to timeanddate.com, it was -7 degrees Fahrenheit on January 6 in Columbus, Ohio. Add in the wind chill factor and you might even say it was colder than a witch’s mammary. Luckily, that didn’t daunt muzzle loading Buckeye Staters dead set on reducing Ohio’s deer population by sixteen thousand-plus animals (one at a time). For those who believe in the PETA principle, ohioinsurance.org reports “20,683 deer-vehicle crashes reported in Ohio during 2012, down from the 2011 figure of 22,690.” While the insurance folks don’t tell us how many of those rangiferine collisions were fatal (for humans), imagine the toll if hunters didn’t thin deer numbers on a regular basis. Not to mention all the tasty venison that wouldn’t get eaten. Make the jump for the exact deer death stats . . .

COLUMBUS, OH –-(Ammoland.com)- Ohio hunters braved record-setting cold temperatures and howling winds to harvest 16,464 white-tailed deer during the state’s four-day muzzleloader season, Jan. 4-7 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The extreme cold that moved across the state during the final two days of the season did not deter some hunters as more than 3,800 deer were checked on Monday and Tuesday.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the 2014 muzzleloader season include: Guernsey (652), Coshocton (630), Muskingum (593), Tuscarawas (592), Belmont (561), Harrison (513), Licking (511), Athens (485), Jefferson (472) and Carroll (458).

Muzzleloaders are traditional hunting implements that emphasize accuracy and the value of the first shot. The popularity of muzzleloading rifles for hunting and target shooting continues to grow. Types of muzzleloaders include flintlock, percussion cap, in-line percussion and muzzleloading shotgun. Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. Hunters have harvested more than 185,000 deer so far in the 2013-2014 hunting seasons. Ohio’s deer-archery season is open through Sunday, Feb. 2.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists. This ensures that Ohio’s deer herd is maintained at a level that is both acceptable to most, and biologically sound.

Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were well above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward their goal. Once a county’s deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population near that goal.

More information about Ohio deer hunting can be found in the 2013-2014 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.com.

Hunters who received a 2013-2014 Ohio deer hunter effort and harvest survey are encouraged to complete it when the season ends. This survey is an important tool in Ohio’s deer management program, and information provided in the survey is vital for establishing deer hunting regulations. The survey is conducted with a random sampling of hunters to help eliminate bias.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov

Editor’s Note: A list of white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2014 muzzleloader hunting season, Jan. 4-7, is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2014, and the 2013 numbers are in parentheses.

Adams: 296 (347); Allen: 46 (88); Ashland: 283 (310); Ashtabula: 313 (422); Athens: 485 (510); Auglaize: 41 (51); Belmont: 561 (739); Brown: 233 (305); Butler: 104 (110); Carroll: 458 (683); Champaign: 83 (118); Clark: 55 (61); Clermont: 153 (212); Clinton: 52 (78); Columbiana: 379 (441); Coshocton: 630 (813); Crawford: 53 (95); Cuyahoga: 1 (6); Darke: 22 (62); Defiance: 74 (107); Delaware: 101 (152); Erie: 27 (56); Fairfield: 192 (211); Fayette: 27 (27); Franklin: 31 (44); Fulton: 30 (50); Gallia: 283 (337); Geauga: 96 (126); Greene: 58 (95); Guernsey: 652 (821); Hamilton: 60 (79); Hancock: 42 (102); Hardin: 80 (110); Harrison: 513 (677); Henry: 16 (34); Highland: 254 (318); Hocking: 362 (445); Holmes: 336 (406); Huron: 150 (177); Jackson: 265 (361); Jefferson: 472 (619); Knox: 391 (520); Lake: 20 (59); Lawrence: 229 (230); Licking: 511 (675); Logan: 130 (182); Lorain: 142 (197); Lucas: 16 (41); Madison: 27 (35); Mahoning: 162 (197); Marion: 42 (54); Medina: 137 (159); Meigs: 425 (482); Mercer: 28 (48); Miami: 45 (65); Monroe: 278 (511); Montgomery: 24 (57); Morgan: 361 (460); Morrow: 90 (150); Muskingum: 593 (751); Noble: 341 (444); Ottawa: 17 (40); Paulding: 51 (83); Perry: 294 (375); Pickaway: 47 (83); Pike: 187 (217); Portage: 109 (158); Preble: 100 (131); Putnam: 22 (30); Richland: 227 (360); Ross: 287 (362); Sandusky: 43 (66); Scioto: 196 (268); Seneca: 98 (149); Shelby: 82 (101); Stark: 202 (268); Summit: 48 (56); Trumbull: 222 (321); Tuscarawas: 592 (784); Union: 57 (94); Van Wert: 25 (41); Vinton: 392 (392); Warren: 91 (142); Washington: 402 (442); Wayne: 140 (177); Williams: 69 (110); Wood: 34 (57) and Wyandot: 69 (126). Total: 16,464 (21,555).



  1. avatar Jeff says:

    Well personally I’m pretty annoyed with muzzleloaders myself, but only because here in WA state they get a substantially better-timed and longer season than modern firearm hunters. With the capabilities of a modern muzzleloader rifle, there’s really not a whole lot of reason to have separate seasons any longer.

    1. avatar JaxD says:

      Get yourself a muzzle loader, problem solved.

  2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:



  3. avatar mike says:

    That’s a lot of jerky…

  4. avatar RaynBama says:

    Political correctness does not have to have a “reason” .

  5. avatar Steven Patrick Morrissey says:

    Hurray! I regret I was not there to participate in this endeavor. The culling of herds not only protects the species, but provides a valuable food source to many less fortunate.

  6. avatar Mark N. says:

    That’s a lot of deer.

    1. avatar JT says:

      Hunters take on average over 200,000 deer in Ohio each year.

      1. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

        Yikes! Those things must breed like rabbits…

  7. avatar Tim says:

    Too bad it was so damn cold that week. Would’ve been a lot more.

  8. avatar Duke of Sharon says:

    Just so I can fully qualify for my “radical extremist” badge, I’ll share the following:

    I am troubled by muzzleloading and archery. I could see them becoming State approved methods of hunting and put forward as one more reason that we don’t need modern rifles.

    In my dream Libertarian state (in which I would be governor) I would only allow (yes, I get the irony) hunting with military style weapons–ARs, bolt action sniper rifles, and auto or pump shotguns, so as to ensure that my militia (men capable of fighting) was well regulated (skilled.)

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      And well fed.

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