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Old 01-16-2009, 12:43 PM
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ohio wildlife areas--- hunting any good?

my brother,dad and i have been kicking the idea of going to ohio next year for deer. muzzleloader,archery and shotgun/slugs. i am researching wildlife areas and state parks just north and south of 1-70 coming from pennsylvania stopping at zanesville. anysuggestions,experiences. dense hardwoods?farm fields? terain?hunting pressure?etc thanks jason

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Old 01-16-2009, 02:26 PM
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Re: ohio wildlife areas--- hunting any good?

If you wish to shoot does and small bucks in Maryland, south of Gettysburg I can send you a Google earth map of where I passed on about three easy shots and one moderately difficult shot one day during muzzle loader season. I just can't get up any excitement shooting does and fawns at 40 yards with a scoped muzzleloader. But I do like being out in the woods with a gun so I often go. If I saw a big buck I would probably shoot it but I don't see them very often being as they seem to be smarter than me.

I doubt that I will ever hunt that spot again so it doesn't matter to me. I know of one guy who hunts there and he manages to get some small bucks. The area is not easy to get to which is why I saw so many deer, so you would need to be able to climb hard for half an hour. After that you are on easy street. I believe the bag limitg is 10 does and 2 bucks

A non resident license in Maryland is based upon what it would cost a resident to get a license in the other state. It costs me about $120 or so.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:41 AM
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Re: ohio wildlife areas--- hunting any good?

thanks buffalobob,
we hunted the green ridge sf a few years ago in muzzleloader season. saw some deer, i took a small basket racked 5 point. sure send me the info. i can be to the state line in an hour. close out of state hunt. we are still looking at ohio. much better pecentage chance of seeing some bucks over 100". thats our goal. i have 2 bucks from nortcentral pa that are in the 110-115" range. looking for thier bigger cousin. i will send you a pm with my email adress. thanks again. jason
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:30 AM
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Re: ohio wildlife areas--- hunting any good?

Go south to Adams county or Scioto county. Prime hunting and big bucks.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:51 AM
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Re: ohio wildlife areas--- hunting any good?

A lot of big deer in the zainesville, newark, coshocton, mount vernon area of ohio. as far as public land Im not to sure about, but acces to private land is pretty easy as there is a lot of deer and a lot of crop damage. Just this year I saw 8 bucks over 120 while bicycle riding in knox county ohio. I go to school here, have never got the chance to hunt yet tho.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:22 PM
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Re: ohio wildlife areas--- hunting any good?

boca, welcome to LRH, this is the place to learn this stuff!
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:57 PM
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Re: ohio wildlife areas--- hunting any good?

Haven't hunted Ohio in 30 years but my guess would be its more crowded on public lands now than it was back then. I only hunted it once, down south on Ohio Power Co. land that was open to public hunting. Went out months before the season to scout, saw lots of big bucks, picked me out a spot and come opening morning I was sitting there an hour before the sun came up. Started watching vehicle lights driving in shortly after and when the sun came up and I could see around me - ORANGE EVERYWHERE, behind every tree, on every hillside, etc. I left by noon, right after I heard an ambulance coming. Come to find out somebody had shot a guy in the stomach with a 54 calibur muzzleloader. That was enough for me, I never went back.

On the flip side of that catastrophe, one of my most memorable hunts in my lifetime was hunting the Ravenna Arsenal. Not sure if they still do it but its a draw hunt they used to hold. Its a late season hunt and they pick 100 guys to hunt on every Saturday for six straight weekends. Success is like 98%+, alot of big bucks and it was a TON OF FUN. Never seen so many deer in all my life. You might check and see if they're still putting on that hunt.
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