Deer Forecast-Midwest

Muskingum County

Muskingum County leads Buckeye Big Buck Club entries from 1958 to the present. Everyone has an opportunity to hunt here, because the county contains reclaimed mining areas open to the public. Some options to consider are the 15,000-acre Tri-Valley Wildlife Area and the 4,500-acre Dillon Wildlife Area. Although they may not get a buck like the 252-inch non-typical Bobby Willis killed in 1999 or the record-breaking 3046/8-inch non-typical archer Mike Beatty shot in Greene County last fall, Ohio hunters can expect good hunting and plenty of mature bucks in 2001. Wildlife managers are anticipating a harvest of 160,000 deer, up from 150,000 last year. The state has roughly a half-million deer, and the highest populations are in the southeastern hill country. Wildlife biologist Mike Tonkovich says 65 percent of Ohio's whitetails are in that quarter of the state.