Deer Hunting in Ohio

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  • 750,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 400,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $43

    Resident hunting license is $19 and a deer permit is $24.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $257.92

    Non-resident hunting license is $180.96 and a deer permit is $76.96.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 201 1/8"

    Taken by Bradley S. Jerman in Warren County in 2004, ranks No. 11 of all time.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 591

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 328 2/8"

    The top-scoring non-typical was picked up in Portage County in 1940 and is the second-highest scoring non-typical of all time. Ohio's top-scoring non-typical taken by a hunter was killed in 2006 by Jonathan R. Schmucker and scores 295 3/8 inches, which ranks No. 8 all-time.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 385

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Ohio has recently come onto the scene as a big buck factory. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Payette)

Season Dates (2019):

Bow season opens September 28 and runs through February 2. Youth gun season runs November 23-24. Gun season is December 2-8 and December 21-22. Muzzleloader season opens January 4-7. These are the dates set when published, please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: A

Ohio is likely the best state on this list. It offers a good number of deer, mature bucks, relatively low-cost, over-the-counter tags, and enough public land to move around on. Not only that but it also has one of the longest deer seasons in the Midwest, ending in February. If that all isn't enough, Ohio is a one-buck state, which certainly helps with age structure.

The state doesn't receive a ton of pressure, but finding a place to hunt isn't as easy as it once was. There's still plenty of public land to go around but you better be in shape. This is hilly, rugged, mountainous terrain. I don't recommend those who identify as "flat-landers" to hunt this state.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Ohio continues to crank out Booners. The southern half of the state seems to offer the best hunting. Any of the counties close to or bordering the Ohio River are likely the cream of the crop. Try those areas for the best success.

Ohio Harvests

  • Eric Link

    Tuscarawas, Ohio

  • Tristin Hursey

    Fayette County, Ohio

From the Realtree Trophy Den