Record books show Ohio’s hunting history

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Happy New Year, the day when most Ohio deer hunters resolve to kill a giant, a whitetail buck that merits a spot in the Ohio record book. Listed here are the top 15 “typical” bucks and the top 15 non-typical bucks as listed in the record books kept by the Ohio Big Bucks Club, an elite club indeed considering a hunter has to tag a real trophy to make the minimum grade.

How big is big? Consider this, antler scores are reached by exact measurements of mass, tine length, and spread. A really large eight point buck is never large enough. A really, really big eight point buck might make it but don’t bet the farm on it.

Antlers are never scored until they dry for several days to allow for shrinkage. The Ohio Big Buck Club record books are now online and can be searched in many ways.

15 typical deer in Ohio chart

15 non-typical bucks in Ohio chart

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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.

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