Early archery kill sets third straight record

DNR Reports

Columbus — For the third straight year, Ohio bowhunters
set a record harvest during the first six weeks of the state’s
deer-archery season, taking 45,733 whitetails.

According to the DNR Division of Wildlife, this year’s
early archery season harvest is 9 percent higher than last year’s
record of 41,859 deer.

“Bowhunting for deer has become very popular in Ohio,”
said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “The season
started in September for the first time this year as a way to
provide a few more days of hunting. It will continue through Feb.
4, making it Ohio’s longest archery season on record.”

Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer brought
to check stations were Tuscarawas – 1,724; Licking -1,679; Holmes –
1,624; Harrison – 1,140; Clermont -1,107; Knox – 1,085; Ashland and
Coshocton – 1,084; Trumbull- 1,082; and Ashtabula –
1,034.

The statewide deer population was estimated to be
600,000 in early October. Approximately 300,000 bowhunters are
expected to participate in the statewide deer archery hunting
season.

Last year, bowhunters harvested a total of 60,090 deer
during the four-month Ohio archery season.

Licking County led the archery harvest last year in both
crossbow and vertical bow kills with a total of 2,187 deer.
Coshocton County was second in both categories with a total archery
harvest of 2,024.

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