Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
During last year’s muzzleloader season, 13,268 white-tailed deer were checked.
Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.
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.
Coshocton County led the state with 485 deer killed last weekend, followed by Tuscarawas (467), Muskingum (455), Guernsey (434) and Licking (416) counties.