Since it’s a no-draw state, your Ohio deer hunting license and permits can be purchased online. All hunters and trappers must complete an education course. Ohio is considered by many hunters to be the best state for whitetail hunting. The Buckeye State has solid deer densities and our hunters consistently take big bucks. There are few negative things that can be said about deer hunting here.

Ohio Deer Hunting

  • Deer tags are available over-the-counter.
  • Affordable tags.
  • Lots of public land.
  • A longer-than-average deer season.
  • It’s even a one-buck state, which promotes solid buck age structures.
  • Your Ohio deer hunting permit is good for an antlered or antlerless deer and is valid statewide.
  • Great trophy quality. Ohio ranks #4 for the number of record book whitetails.
  • Ohio has a statewide bag limit of six deer (only one of which can be antlered).
  • Hunt whitetails with archery, guns or muzzleloaders.
  • Hunters should also consider applying for controlled hunt opportunities. These hunts take place on Ohio Division of Wildlife properties, parks and watercraft areas, natural areas, and some preserves.

Best Deer Hunting in Ohio

Regarding best hunting in Ohio for big bucks, the entire state enjoys good genetics, habitat, and nutrition.

The entire state has high trophy potential, and Booners are taken every single season. That said, based on recent numbers, there are some hot spots. Adams, Butler, Coshocton, Franklin, Highland, Licking, Muskingum, and Summit all shine. You also can’t go wrong with other counties in the southern half of the state.

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