December 12, 2006
Ohio – On Saturday, December 9, 2006 in Xenia, Ohio at the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife’s
Headquarters, history was made when the formal announcement of
Johnathan Schmucker’s 34-point non-typical white-tailed deer score
was 291 2/8 Boone and Crockett and 305 7/8 World Classics.
The Schmucker Buck is the fourth largest nontypical white-tailed
deer harvested in the world according to the Boone and Crockett
Club. It is also the second largest nontypical deer harvested in
Ohio according to the Ohio Big Bucks.
Schmucker took the record setting whitetail with a crossbow in the
late afternoon hours on opening day of archery season. “I had been
watching him over the course of three years,” said Schmucker. “On
opening day I went out to my tree stand at three in the afternoon
and had taken the deer by six.”
“Ohio deer hunting is world class because of our excellent deer
management program. We have a very conservative buck or antlered
deer harvest and allow for an ample doe harvest,” explained Haines.
“This allows for the population to remain balanced while also
putting in place the conditions necessary to produce record setting
The Beatty Buck, harvested in Greene County in the fall of 2000,
holds the record for nontypical at 304 6/8 and currently ranks as
the number one nontypical buck in Ohio, the largest nontypical
whitetail deer ever taken by a bow hunter. A typical white-tailed
deer killed in 2004 in Warren County, known as the Jerman Buck,
became an Ohio record with a score of 201 1/8.
“By repeatedly setting records on non-typical and typical whitetails
harvested Ohio is starting to see an increase in the number of deer
hunters,” said Haines. “That translates directly into a boost in
Ohio’s economy. Just the one-week of deer gun season generates about
266 million dollars in business for supplies such as food, lodging,
fuel, and gear as well as supporting thousands of jobs.”
Deer hunters are encouraged to take advantage of the extra weekend
of deer-gun hunting, December 16-17, and nine weeks of archery
hunting in Ohio. Archery season remains open until February 4. The
statewide muzzleloader deer-hunting season will be held December
Ohio’s first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three
counties, where hunters harvested 168 deer. In 1956, deer hunting
was allowed in all 88 counties and hunters killed 3,911 deer during
that one-week season.
Venison is delicious and nutritious meat, low in fat and cholesterol
(venison recipes). It is the number one wild game served by hunters
in Ohio. Deer hunters also contribute thousands of pounds of venison
to organizations that help feed less-fortunate Ohio residents
through special programs.