Youth deer harvest jumps nearly 2,000

DNR Reports

Columbus – Young hunters across Ohio again enjoyed success
during the fifth annual youth deer gun season on Nov. 17-18. 

Hunters age 17 and younger killed 10,515 deer during the special
two-day season this year. Last year’s youth hunt saw a harvest of
8,811.

The DNR Division of Wildlife estimated that 40,000 young hunters
took to the state’s fields and forests during the two-day season.
Counties reporting the greatest number of deer killed were
Tuscarawas (420), Holmes (413), Ashland (387), Athens (368),
Guernsey (366), Washington (330), Harrison (322), Knox and Licking
(284) each, and Ross (271).   

The youth deer gun season was open in all 88 counties. Young
hunters could take one deer of either sex, in accordance with
existing bag and deer zone limits. Shotguns, muzzleloaders,
handguns, and bows were legal. All participants were required to
wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio hunting license and
special deer permit, and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

This recent hunt is one of four special youth-only dates
designed to promote hunting among young Ohioans.  Special days are
also set aside for upland game, wild turkey, and waterfowl hunting
opportunities.

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