Monday was the final day of Ohio’s week-long deer gun season and unfortunately for area hunters, the deer may have won this year.
Dillon Falls Store which operates as a check-in station reported 200 deer were checked in this past week. The numbers are still much lower than what the store is used to seeing. Hunters around Muskingum County have blamed the weather for their poor luck this year, as deer are scarce when the temperatures are higher.
"The colder the weather and the deer are up and moving when it’s warm they tend to lay down so you really have to go run them up, make them get up and move, so they want colder weather," said owner, Kathy McCann.
This is the second year in a row the warm weather has affected hunting season, and with rain continuing to fall, chances were slim on getting a deer on this final day. All hope isn’t lost though, gun hunters will have a chance again the weekend of December 15th and 16th.
"A lot of them gave up for today and they’re going to wait till then. And some of them have got to take their chances and get their deer now because they’re not going to be able to go on the fifteenth and sixteenth," said McCann.
While gun season is over, archers still have until February to fill their tags.