Special Area Muzzleloader Season Results

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Muzzleloader hunters harvested 201 deer during a special area muzzleloader deer season held on the Salt Fork and Wildcat Hollow wildlife areas and Shawnee State Forest last week. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, the six-day deer harvest was up by 16 from the 2003 harvest of 185.

The season opened October 25 and closed October 30 with hunters limited to harvesting antlered deer only.

This year a total of 112 deer were harvested at Salt Fork, 69 were taken at Wildcat Hollow, and 20 at Shawnee . In 2003, hunters took 85 from Salt Fork, 72 from Wildcat Hollow and 28 from Shawnee .

Only one antlered deer may be harvested in Ohio per license year. Antlered deer are those having antlers longer than three inches. Hunters who harvested an antlered deer are eligible, with the proper license and permit, to take an antlerless deer during any of the other deer seasons.