Has anyone hunted the Wildcat Hollow Primitive weapon area? According to the map, the Wayne is within this area. Is this trad only?
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I dont want to jump outside the lines here but, I have been hunting public land in southern ohio for years now. Every year there seems to be more and more out of state hunters. I will still hunt public land in Ohio. But it is not the same as it was 10 years ago. Its hard to find that out of the way place, way back in were nobdy used to go. Now that place, you have to share with a few people. Just the way it is on pulic land.
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To second what Buck-eye posted, and with no ill will intended as half the group I hunt with are Vermonters, the number of out of state hunters is getting a little uncomfortable in many areas.
Good hunting can still be found for now, but it is getting really crowded in spots. The first and second weeks of November in Nelsonville and you would think it was gun season, just that half the traffic is from out of state. There simply never used to be the kind of pressure that is here now. Lot of folks (probably not the Trad folks on this site)think that theres a Beatty buck behind every tree and are coming here mostly for all the trophy hunting our state DNR and the cable channels are promoting.
That being said, there are still some good opportunities here to be had. Some of the trad guys I know, including myself, like to hunt the "big woods" in Ohio to get away from the crowds, and that can be a little tougher than in the past. If that doesnt bother you there are still some good numbers and bucks here.
Autumnarcher, Ive been hunting the Wildcat area for years now. The early muzzleloader season (which now allows for buck to be shot) has infinitely increased the amount of pressure virtually every public area accessible by road in that zone gets. This season is just a week and a half or so before our rut really starts going good. They have had that hunt for years, but it used to only be for does, now the area is getting Hammered with gun hunters. That coupled with very poor masts in the forest the past couple of seasons appears to have taken a noticeable toll in the areas that we hunt in. The number of good bucks seen and their sign has appreciably decreased over the past two seasons.
I did have an acquaintance whose group saw a good number of bucks hunting outside of Zaleski and carbondale area, but he too found that several of the areas he had previously had to himself were congested.
You've got the right approach to start out early. Call up the ODNR division of wildlife, their secretaries are usually always helpful if you just tell em what you are lookin to do. If you can find the right spot it can still be great hunting for the money. Errr.. I mean somebody already said it, theres no deer in Ohio....! Good luck- Swank
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