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I really need to hunt Ohio!
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Mule Power 10-Nov-22
RonP 10-Nov-22
DanaC 10-Nov-22
Scoot 10-Nov-22
DanaC 10-Nov-22
Bwhnt 10-Nov-22
WV Mountaineer 10-Nov-22
Supernaut 10-Nov-22
fdp 10-Nov-22
orionsbrother 10-Nov-22
Chief 419 10-Nov-22
Rickm 10-Nov-22
Bowboy 10-Nov-22
bigeasygator 10-Nov-22
Rut Nut 10-Nov-22
Mule Power 10-Nov-22
Mule Power 10-Nov-22
DonVathome 10-Nov-22
CTBobcat 10-Nov-22
Bou'bound 10-Nov-22
drycreek 10-Nov-22
WV Mountaineer 10-Nov-22
Zbone 10-Nov-22
BUCKeye 10-Nov-22
Pat Lefemine 10-Nov-22
Zbone 10-Nov-22
Mule Power 10-Nov-22
Jeff Holchin 11-Nov-22
mattandersen 11-Nov-22
Mule Power 11-Nov-22
SteveB 12-Nov-22
Bwhnt 12-Nov-22
LOSTNwoods 12-Nov-22
ToomanybowsBob 13-Nov-22
Bou'bound 19-Nov-22
From: Mule Power
10-Nov-22

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A guy a guy became friends with lives in Columbiana county Ohio. He hunts maybe 3 days a year all on his own property. Last year he put a trail cam out for the first time ever. In 2 days he had pics of several monster bucks. 16 point non typical, a couple other big non typicals, and some giant 8 and 10 points.

Two days ago he sent me this picture. He was going to hunt but his wife said let’s just take a walk and this buck popped up. So he decided to hunt one day this bow season! It’s 1.5 hours from my house. I’ve known the guy for 4 years. I’m welcome to hunt and I’ve never made it there. Jesus I gotta get over there!

From: RonP
10-Nov-22
yes, you do need to get over there! what a beautiful buck.

From: DanaC
10-Nov-22
Joe, you need to make your peace with the high cost of travel and GO! Like, tomorrow!

From: Scoot
10-Nov-22
Sounds like you need me to join you so you have a hunting partner.

From: DanaC
10-Nov-22
Heck, I'll rent a Cadillac, pick ya up and drive us there ;-)

From: Bwhnt
10-Nov-22
Has he had success? Sounds like a damn good spot

10-Nov-22
What a brute.

From: Supernaut
10-Nov-22
I hope you hit the road for Ohio right after you typed this post!

I was working near Barnesville, Ohio about 7 years ago. It was in October and November and I was staying out there through the week. I have never seen so many big racked bucks or big bodied deer in general. Every morning and evening to and from the job site brought at least one giant sighting and usually multiple.

I was told that their is a genetic line that stretches from Albeta down into parts of Ohio and that's why they are so big. Even the doe were heavy haulers. I don't know if that's true but it makes sense to me.

From: fdp
10-Nov-22
I worked for the state of Ohio for a number of years and hunted Pike, Scioto, Ross, Highland, and Adams counties a lot. I really enjoyed it and miss it. Great deer hunting in many areas.

10-Nov-22
Enjoy the hunting Joe! I’m with Scoot. I think you need some camaraderie. Shoot us some directions.

From: Chief 419
10-Nov-22
Hey uncle Joe, It’s me, your long lost nephew. You promised to take me hunting with you.

From: Rickm
10-Nov-22
Mule

Ohio is totally different from PA. I'd be happy to show you all the Ohio tactics. Stand placements, calling styles, heck I'll even shoot the first couple of monsters so you can learn the difference ??. Get your but over there. They are on the move right now.

From: Bowboy
10-Nov-22
Why are you posting get in a tree :)

From: bigeasygator
10-Nov-22
Our family farm that I grew up hunting is just across the border from Columbiana County on the PA side. Before the antler restrictions, you were lucky to see anything older than a 1.5 year old. Definitely seeing bigger deer on the PA side nowadays but there's still something mystical and magical about the deer in Ohio.

From: Rut Nut
10-Nov-22
I have an Uncle that lives near where the Beatty buck was killed. I always think I should visit him for a week in November sometime! ;-)

From: Mule Power
10-Nov-22

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These are his cam pictures from last year. There are more. The camera was out for 1 day!

From: Mule Power
10-Nov-22

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From: DonVathome
10-Nov-22
My dad shot a nontypical that was 135# and 3.5 years old. He had several inches of broken antler. It was very close the where the hole in the horn buck was found dead a long time ago. His deer scored 185. That deer had world class potential. He was a young deer and had broken tines.

From: CTBobcat
10-Nov-22
Nice selfies. If you can't go, I will pay to go!

From: Bou'bound
10-Nov-22
Can I hunt where you’re hunting now because it’s gotta be a damn good spot for you not to be where your friend is inviting you to

From: drycreek
10-Nov-22
Just don’t get on Pat’s ground, the Amish might get pissed ! ;-)

10-Nov-22
I keep coming back and looking at that deer in the original post. That’s my dream buck. What an absolute stud. Go kill him Joe!!!

From: Zbone
10-Nov-22
There are no deer in Ohio...8^)

From: BUCKeye
10-Nov-22
Apparently I'm hunting the wrong parts of Ohio...

From: Pat Lefemine
10-Nov-22

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Ohio is amazing, but he’s obviously got a special place there. You’re making it sound like there’s booners on every property, there is not.

My county borders Columbiana, there’s pockets that hold giants in every Ohio county. Without a doubt Ohio is definitely an exceptionally well run deer program. I wish the NE states would replicate their regs.

Buying a farm here was one of the best moves I’ve ever made. Love this state, both for deer hunting and for the politics!

From: Zbone
10-Nov-22
Dang Pat, that one looks like a possible Booner?

From: Mule Power
10-Nov-22
I know better than that Pat. I’ve hunted Ohio before. Numbers were low where I was. That was in the southeast part of the state. I also hunted way west near Bellefontaine. Much bigger bucks and better numbers. From what I’ve seen the monsters ate unpredictable. Lots of them are killed by kids and little old ladies. They are definitely there. The quality of bucks is better than Pa but hunting the big bucks seems more like playing the lottery than hunting. But as the lottery people say… ya gotta play to win.

From: Jeff Holchin
11-Nov-22
Mule, you can’t pass up a special opportunity like that! Get on over there now!

You sure made the right decision with your place, Pat. Still hoping for a Bowsite rut hunt there for all Members who been with ya for more than 10 years….or end of January doe shoot?

I moved to Ohio in ‘96 specifically for the whitetail hunting that Roger Rothhaar described in his two great books, and man did I experience it/learn a lot! While I saw and got to hunt some great bucks, I learned that they were on a higher level than me and I never did tag a great one there, but had fun trying. Left in ‘02 for work and often regret that, but I get to return every fall for a bit. Love that state!

From: mattandersen
11-Nov-22
I was lucky enough to gain permission to hunt 184 amazing acres in Tuscarawas county from 2014-2021. Property was sold in July to the local boy scout camp through a grant from the state. Even though it says right in their by laws, "no hunting without permission" they gave me a hard no...I had gotten permission to blood trail a few over the years so we had a relationship but still a hard no...I had shot a few P&Y's in NJ and PA prior but man did my big buck count go way up once I had some good ground in OH! My first buck on the ground was a 153" 12 pt in 2015. The next year was a 163" 10 pt. Couple amazing years! I shot another 156" back in 2020. A few 130s in the mix also. As Pat said, I truly believe every county in OH holds monsters and quite a few. Finding good unpressured land in OH is key. I have really been struggling this year. I found a few pieces of private but nothing like what I had. Ohio is simply amazing for big buck.

From: Mule Power
11-Nov-22
And then there was Kelly Harris’s lease. 1000 acres in Vinton county. Nice!

From: SteveB
12-Nov-22

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On our small Ohio place Columbiana County line. 210 3/8 gross. My son took him gun season. I had him at 42 yds with my bow at dusk and held off as it was early season. Never had another chance. Pat is right, Ohio is awesome but these bucks are rare. Must be intensely managed, or a very unique parcel setup…..or VERY lucky.

From: Bwhnt
12-Nov-22
They wouldn't be special if they weren't rare...congrats on that one!

From: LOSTNwoods
12-Nov-22
Congrats

13-Nov-22

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Yeah, you do! TMBB

From: Bou'bound
19-Nov-22
Can I hunt where you’re hunting now because it’s gotta be a damn good spot for you not to be where your friend is inviting you to

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