Ohio deer hunters find archery season success; Ottawa County hunters tally 262 bucks, does

Nov 21, 2023 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

An avid hunter, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted recently harvested an eight-point whitetail buck in Morrow County with a TenPoint Crossbow made in Ohio.

Bowhunters in Ohio checked 4,621 white-tailed deer on Saturday, Nov. 11, the highest single-day total so far this deer hunting season. In Ottawa County, 262 bucks and does have been checked in so far this season, an increase from last year’s early total of 209 deer.

Bowhunters across Ohio have harvested 69,897 deer through Sunday, Nov. 12, reported the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

The three-year average for deer harvested through the second weekend of November is 66,355. Last year, hunters checked 65,146 deer through the corresponding date. The statewide archery season began Sept. 30 and continues until Feb. 4.

With the rut, or breeding season, continuing for several more weeks, hunters have ample opportunity to harvest a deer, including with a firearm. The youth weekend is upcoming on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19. The gun season is Monday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 3, and again Dec. 16-17. Deer muzzleloader season is Jan. 6-9, 2023.

Find complete details in the 2023-24 Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

“I love crossbow hunting during the fall,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who recently harvested an eight-point whitetail buck in Morrow County with a TenPoint Crossbow made in Ohio.

“The weather is mild, the trees are beautiful, the harvesting of crops is active,” said Husted, an avid hunter. “The aroma in the air is refreshing, and there is so much activity in the outdoors with the animals in the forest actively preparing for winter. It’s peaceful and wonderful.”

Ohio’s deer hunters are increasingly using longbows and crossbows to take advantage of tremendous deer hunting in October and November. The archery season lines up with the peak of the rut, or deer breeding season. Deer are traveling more often and further this time of year as bucks pursue does, making these months an exciting time to be hunting.

The weather has been conducive for deer hunters all around the state this season. Based on historic harvest records, bowhunters can expect some terrific hunting in the coming weeks. Ohio’s top 10 counties for deer harvested during the first seven weeks of the 2023 deer season include: Coshocton (2,610), Tuscarawas (2,194), Holmes (2,016), Ashtabula (1,973), Licking (1,900), Trumbull (1,803), Knox (1,774), Muskingum (1,766), Guernsey (1,657), and Carroll (1,492) counties.

If you join the ranks of successful deer hunters, use the free HuntFish OH app to game check your harvest, even without a Wi-Fi connection. Hunters can also use the app to view public hunting area maps, buy hunting licenses and deer permits and check county big limits. Beyond the app, hunters can check game by visiting ohiogamecheck.com, calling 1-877-TAG-IT-OH (1-877-824-4864), visiting a license sales agent, or calling 1-866-703-1298 (landowner operator-assisted; fees apply).

If you’re interested in learning more about deer hunting, check out the Wild Ohio Harvest Community for online learning modules, resources, and recipes for after the harvest. Visit wildohio.gov to get started.

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