Columbus – A total of 261,314 deer were killed during Ohio’s
2009-10 hunting season, according to the DNR Division of
This season’s total surpasses the 2008-09 record total of
“Ohio deer hunters had another great year and continue to play a
vital role in managing Ohio’s deer herd,”said David M. Graham,
chief of the Division of Wildlife. “They’ve embraced regulation
changes, which increased the harvest of antlerless deer and they’ve
donated a significant amount of venison to feed the less fortunate
in Ohio through the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the
season were: Coshocton-9,635, Tuscarawas-9,009, Licking-8,571,
Guernsey-8,289, Harrison-8,043, Muskingum-7,864, Knox-7,174,
Holmes-6,211, Belmont-6,160, and Jefferson-5,888.
The deer-gun season resulted in the greatest portion of the
overall harvest with 114,281 deer taken. Archery hunters took a
total of 91,521 deer. Deer killed during the early muzzleloader
season (491), at controlled hunts (690), youth-gun season (9,270),
the extra deer-gun weekend (20,054), and the statewide muzzleloader
season (25,007) added to the overall total.
The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio,
frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks 8th
nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number
of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year,
hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the
sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.
Ohio’s first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three
counties, when 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.
Hunters were encouraged to kill more does this season and donate
extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. The
Division of Wildlife collaborated with Farmers and Hunters Feeding
the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated
venison. Hunters who gave their deer to food banks were not
required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer were taken
to participating processors. Counties being served by this program
can be found online at http://fhfh.org/. Anyone interested in
forming a chapter in an area not served should contact FHFH
After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will
vote on the proposed rules and season dates for the 2010-2011 deer
season during its April 7 meeting.