Muzzleloaders get crack at deer starting Saturday

Muzzleloader deer season opens Saturday and continues through Tuesday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters can pursue deer with a muzzleloader or bow during the four-day season. Hunters checked 21,555 deer during the 2013 muzzleloader season.

Muzzleloaders are traditional hunting implements that emphasize accuracy and the value of the first shot. The popularity of muzzleloading rifles for hunting and target shooting continues to grow.

Types of muzzleloaders include flintlock, percussion cap, in-line percussion and muzzleloading shotgun.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset for gun seasons. Small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons also are open during muzzleloader season.

All hunters (except waterfowl hunters) must wear a visible solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange coat, jacket, vest or coveralls.

Bag limits are determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed an individual county bag limit. Hunters may harvest only one antlered deer, regardless of hunting method or season.

More deer hunting information can be found at

Deer-archery season remains open through Feb. 2.