From Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- Muzzleloader hunters took 420 deer during last week's early muzzleloader deer season.
Hunters took 161 deer at Salt Fork Wildlife Area, 154 deer in the Wildcat Hollow region, and 42 deer at Shawnee State Forest. The season opened Oct. 17 and closed Oct. 22.
During last year's early muzzleloader hunt, hunters took a total of 516 deer for the season; 254 deer at Salt Fork Wildlife Area, 176 deer at Wildcat Hollow, and 86 deer at Shawnee State Forest.
Archery season opened Sept. 24 and runs through February 5, 2012. Youth deer gun season is Nov. 19 and 20. Deer gun season opens Nov. 28 and extends through Dec. 4, and be open for a weekend hunt on Dec.17 and 18. The statewide muzzleloader season is Jan. 7 through 10.
Hunters interested in donating venison to food banks are reminded that the ODNR Division of Wildlife has partnered with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate their deer to a participating food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort lasts. More information about this program can be found online at www.fhfh.org.
For additional information on all of Ohio's deer hunting seasons and requirements, hunters are advised to review the 2011-2012 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations.