Hunting The 2016 Ohio Deer Gun Season

Posted: November 26, 2016 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

The Rut is pretty much over here in NE Ohio,saw 3 bucks walking together yesterday.

This year’s whitetail rut was a strange one,we had a lot of warm weather,then got a cold snap. Much of the rut activity took place-as it always does at night. The warm weather led to fewer deer moving during daylight. Once the colder weather hit,daytime deer movement picked up.

From what I observed of this year’s rut activity-the secondary rut/pickup breeding should start around Nov. 28th-the first day of gun season.

What I know from past experience is that attempting to rattle in bucks is pointless,estrous doe bleats can be effective,a grunt tube- used sparingly-can also be effective,as can doe in estrous scent wicks,or the Tink’s brand orange bottles that you can re-seal and re-use.

I’ve been using the Tink’s bottles for 4 or 5 years now and I feel they are more effective than using scent wicks-bonus is you use much less doe in estrous urine.

If you hunt the same private property every year,you should be putting out mineral blocks year ’round. The brand doesn’t matter-the mineral content does. I use a lot of the pink colored”stockman’s blocks” that Tractor Supply sells for around 3 bucks.

During this year’s gun season,if you are hunting private land-where it’s legal to use mineral blocks-use the acorn flavored blocks-as we had a very,very light acorn drop due to the 17 year cicadas. The cicadas lay their eggs in the ends of branches-where acorns form-which kills the ends of the branches. There’s 2-4′ oak branches all over the property I hunt. I’ve put out 3 acorn flavored mineral blocks in the past 3 weeks-the first is long gone,there’s a couple small pieces of the second,I just put the third out yesterday.

I put out a pink stockman’s block out last week-it’s barely been touched-while the acorn flavored blocks have been pawed,licked,and kicked around.

Deer will be moving during first and last light,and due to the number of hunters in the woods. Best to pick your spot-and stay there from long before first light,and to walk out after legal shooting light if you haven’t shot a deer yet.

As long as you use natural cover and camo,stay put without making noise,and use the wind to your advantage-you should have no problem getting a deer this year.

Let all the other hunters walking the woods work to your advantage-it’s worked for me for years.

It looks like this year’s deer harvest is about the same as last year’s-most counties are within less than 25 deer of the number taken to date. ODNR Posts the numbers,and updates totals county by county every Wed. ’till the end of the season-HERE

The county I hunt the most-(Ashland)- is up over last year by more than a couple dozen,one buck that I know of weighed-on a certified scale-230# after field dressing.

That’s a big deer-about 300# live weight,probably more just before the rut. That deer was taken last Fri,Nov. 18th,which was around the peak of this year’s rut.

Save yourself the aggravation-and fines+court costs-know the Ohio deer hunting regs…

“Hunting any wild animal (except waterfowl) from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset during the youth deer gun season, deer gun season, the deer muzzleloader season is unlawful unless the hunter is visibly wearing a vest, coat, jacket, or coveralls that are either solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange. This requirement applies statewide on both public and private land.”

“It is only legal to hunt deer 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.”

Remember-you have to go by the ODNR sunrise/sunset tables-not a guess,not an app on your smart phone.

ODNR Sunrise Sunset tables and deer hunting regs  HERE

(Scroll down the page,click on deer hunting hours).

Good luck to everyone hunting next week in Ohio-remember deer still have to eat and drink water-set up near a food or water source with signs of recent use-get there before sunrise,and stay ’till after sunset. Other than the deer spooked by other hunters,almost all deer movement is at first and last light,as the deer are now mostly nocturnal.



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