Ohio Deer Hunting Season 2014-2015

Photo courtesy Jerry Keenan, license: CC BY 2.0

Buck, not photographed by me

Large mammals including deer and predators such as wolves and bear were wiped out in Ohio during the nineteenth century by hunting and deforestation. By 1904, there were no deer in Ohio. White-tailed deer were reintroduced to Ohio via a government stocking program in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Since their re-introduction to Ohio, deer have been very successful. They are found in every county in Ohio, both deep in the state forests, in local parks, and suburban fields and groves. Today, the deer population in Ohio exceeds 750,000.

Growth of the deer population has created problems and opportunities. Natural predators of deer have been eliminated from the state allowing deer populations to grow unchecked. Large deer herds in parks have demolished plants and small trees. Deer damage local farm crops and are involved in over 23,000 deer / car crashes each year. In 1943 a limited hunting program was established. Ohio hunters take over 200 thousand deer each year and generate more than $10 million in deer permit revenue for the state.

Deer hunting is permitted on certain public lands on limited dates with a proper permit. This includes parts of Wayne National Forest, most state forests, select parts of select state parks, most state wildlife areas, and select county parks.

The ODNR occasionally has limited hunts at state parks and nature preserves to control deer population – small numbers of permits are issued usually by lottery.

In our TrekOhio Guide to Parks & Preserves (see menu tabs on top of page), we have listed parks by county and we indicate which parks allow hunting. Please see the park web site for specific limitations. Hunters must comply with all state and local hunting regulations.

ODNR Open House – Saturday March 7, 2015 – Comment on hunting / trapping regulations – see further info here.

Here are the dates for Ohio 2014 / 2015 White-tailed Deer Season

  • Archery – Sept 27, 2014 – Feb 1, 2015
  • Muzzle-loader (antler-less deer only) – Oct 11-12, 2014
  • Youth Gun – Nov 22-23, 2014
  • Gun – Dec 1-7, 2014
  • Muzzle-loader – Jan 2-5, 2015

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for all deer seasons.

Note: Lyme Disease

The tick that carries Lyme disease has become established in much of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources would like to get the word out that this tick continues to be active throughout the winter and poses a risk to hunters. For more information, check out our post entitled Bad tick-related news for Ohio.

Update: According to ODNR, 65,485 deer were checked in during the entirety of Ohio’s gun hunting season, Dec. 1-7, 2014. This was about 10,000 deer less than were taken in the previous year’s gun hunting season when 75,408 were harvested. Below is a breakdown sorted by the number of deer killed in 2014 per county.

Update Using public ODNR seasonal deer harvest data, I created a geographic visualization of the deer harvest by county for the 2011-2012 through 2014-2015 deer seasons.

2014 County 2013
2308 Coshocton 2658
2084 Muskingum 2604
2074 Tuscarawas 2604
1788 Guernsey 2401
1730 Ashtabula 2334
1727 Knox 1966
1655 Licking 1887
1491 Harrison 2133
1477 Carroll 2019
1428 Belmont 1851
1409 Washington 1606
1360 Athens 1745
1349 Holmes 1494
1270 Meigs 1482
1245 Columbiana 1726
1220 Gallia 1420
1207 Morgan 1445
1195 Hocking 1456
1160 Ashland 1162
1160 Perry 1362
1159 Richland 1182
1134 Adams 1343
1120 Jefferson 1494
1106 Ross 1167
1056 Monroe 1337
1032 Vinton 1424
1031 Noble 1454
1004 Highland 1041
983 Trumbull 1298
968 Jackson 1156
940 Brown 932
921 Huron 1029
871 Defiance 744
831 Williams 838
779 Lawrence 1002
761 Scioto 1099
759 Stark 883
749 Wyandot 690
710 Seneca 747
708 Fairfield 827
701 Pike 818
685 Clermont 667
672 Logan 653
671 Morrow 640
646 Lorain 678
639 Wayne 724
567 Medina 555
555 Mahoning 750
515 Crawford 528
509 Paulding 499
487 Hardin 544
470 Geauga 509
451 Portage 568
443 Hancock 338
434 Champaign 414
422 Delaware 393
397 Shelby 371
389 Wood 213
348 Allen 380
340 Marion 348
336 Fulton 341
334 Henry 326
330 Pickaway 343
321 Warren 285
315 Putnam 255
313 Union 301
308 Butler 312
285 Clinton 250
283 Van Wert 214
278 Auglaize 299
272 Preble 274
261 Sandusky 208
250 Miami 211
241 Darke 170
219 Erie 176
213 Greene 224
206 Mercer 219
195 Clark 198
165 Hamilton 202
154 Madison 127
142 Fayette 103
138 Lake 126
130 Montgomery 109
124 Franklin 113
122 Summit 140
121 Ottawa 88
105 Lucas 131
24 Cuyahoga 31


Deer Season Information / Regulations

Hunter Education / Target Ranges

Additional Information

© Deborah Platt, Robert Platt and TrekOhio.com 2014

13 Responses to Ohio Deer Hunting Season 2014-2015

  1. pat says:

    I’d like to see 450 bushmaster rifle caliber added to the acceptable cartridge list for deer gun season. What steps are needed to add?

  2. j.b. says:

    The early muzzaloader season is a joke. It puts too much pressure on the deer before the rut. I never hunted that weekend. The bag limit should be dropped back to three deer. This years deer harvest proves it.

  3. John says:

    Unfortunately, the deer “herd” in Washington county does not exist anymore. Under ODNR management from the 1950’s and 1960’s it peaked in 2006. Since then, in just under 8 years, the current ODNR has returned the deer numbers in both the woods and harvest to numbers that can only be found prior to 1989. This years numbers will be down nearly 50 percent from those recorded for 2006-2007. The current ODNR is making excuses for the numbers and poor decisions for Ohio’s deer count. Take a look at the Buckeye Big Buck website numbers for 2006, each year until 2013. When we have less deer, we have less big deer.

  4. mike steer says:

    mary yes u can use bow in youth season as long as you wear the required amount of florescent orange clothing

  5. mike steer says:

    i have been an avid bow hunter since 1983 a genesis 25 pound bow is a target bow designed for youth beginners it would kill a deer with sharp broad head and proper shot placement but i would not recomend it because theres not enough kinetic energy ohio law is 40 lbs but i wouldnt use less than 50 lbs and always use sharp broad heads and practice through out the year and know the anatomy of the deer so you know exactly where to shoot the deer double lung or heart shots is the best

  6. Need to talk to somebody about hunting in Ohio,just got a address in Indiana 2 weeks ago .Can I still hunt in Ohio? Indiana says that I have to have a address before I can hunt here in Indiana for 60 days before I can get a license.

  7. mary says:

    Can we still hunt with our bow during youth weekend if we don’t have youths hunting with us?

  8. Sabrina says:

    I don’t like the fact that we have an early muzzleloader season in October before the rut. I also disagree with the bag limit . Six deer is to many ! The population has gone way down in the last few years , they need to drop it back down to 3 deer .

  9. Mike c says:

    Im new to hunting and was just wondering were can i legally hunt thata close i live on Cleveland’s west side please help im really interested in this sport

  10. Baylen adams says:

    Can I use me 25 pound Mathews genesis compound bow to hunt deer at 10-15 yards ?

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