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OHIO Home to the 328 2/8-inch "Hole in the Horn" buck, the world's No. 2 non-typical of all time, the Buckeye State is legendary for its huge whitetails. But Ohio offers more than just great trophy potential. It also has varied terrain and habitat, generous opportunities for bow, crossbow, muzzleloader and gun hunters and reasonably priced over-the-counter tags. As a result, Ohio is a prime destination for out-of-staters, with many giant bucks shot annually.

While record-book deer come from virtually every corner, the state has fairly distinct geographic zones, each of which has something different to offer the hunter. Known as the central lowlands, the middle and western counties are dominated by glaciated plains, fertile soil, gently rolling hills and substantial agriculture. The southeastern quadrant of the state, part of the Appalachian Plateau, features unglaciated hills, rugged terrain and big woods.

There also are a number of fertile river valleys, including the Ohio, Muskingum and Scioto. Historically, pockets of outstanding trophy potential exist in and around Licking, Muskingum, Highland, Athens and Adams counties. But big deer turn up all over the state.

Bowhunters benefit from a season that generally runs from late September through January. Gun hunters (no centerfire rifles allowed) get a weeklong season opening after Thanksgiving weekend. Muzzleloader hunters normally have a 2-day early antlerless season in October and a 4-day either-sex season in early January.

The U.S. Depai Ltiient of Agriculture reports an average Ohio farm real estate value of approximately $5,550 per acre in 2014, up 8.8 percent from 2013. Cropland is averaging $5,650 per acre in 2014, up 8.9 percent. Pastureland now is valued at an average of $3,100 per acre.

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Author:Hogan, Patrick
Publication:North American Whitetail
Geographic Code:1U3OH
Date:Dec 1, 2014
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