Muzzleloader hunters took 474 deer during last week's early muzzleloader deer hunt according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Hunters took 271 deer at Salt Fork Wildlife Area, 159 deer at Wildcat Hollow and 44 deer at Shawnee State Forest. During last year's early muzzleloader hunt, hunters took a total of 568 deer for the season; 315 deer at Salt Fork Wildlife Area, 162 deer at Wildcat Hollow and 91 deer at Shawnee State Forest.
The early muzzleloader season was open October 19 through October 24. The season allows for the harvest of antlered and antlerless deer, with the $15 antlerless deer permits valid for use.
Ohio's various deer hunting seasons coupled with a healthy population gives hunters a good opportunity for success. Archery season opened September 26 and runs through February 7, 2010. Youth deer gun season is November 21 and 22. Deer gun season will open November 30 and extend through December 6, and be open for a weekend hunt on December 19 and 20. The statewide muzzleloader season is January 9 through 12, 2010.
Hunters interested in donating venison to food banks are reminded that the ODNR 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 2009-2010 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations. Information is also available online at www.wildohio.com