Ohio's deer muzzleloader season is set to kick off on January 5 and will last until January 8. State officials anticipate that production levels during the weekend will be similar to last year when 19,459 deer were harvested, the Mansfield News Journal reported.
During Ohio's deer-gun weekend in 2012, hunters harvested more than 14,000 deer, down 14.3 percent from 2011. According to the Ohio Department of Natural resources Division of Wildlife, the state's hunters have harvested 188,853 so far this 2012-2013 season. Coshocton County leads the harvest numbers in Ohio so far, followed by Licking, Tuscarawas, Muskingum and Guernsey.
“The overall size of the herd is smaller, and the harvest is aligned with that decrease,” said Mike Tonkavich, ODNR project leader. “We anticipated that the 2012-13 deer season harvest would be down 5 to 10 percent from last year.”
Those heading out for the muzzleloader hunting weekend are reminded to equip their trucks HuskyLiners® mud flaps.
Harvest numbers are also down in Tennessee as the state's Wildlife Resources agency indicated that 162,750 deer were harvested through New Year's Day. While officials expect this year's harvest numbers to exceed last years 167,814, they do not anticipate it will be the record 2006 year when 182,093 deer were harvested.