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OH: Firearms hunt takes a slight dip in harvest

Youth season, deer gun season completed

Columbus – Ohio hunters took 104,442 white-tailed deer during
the state’s weeklong deer-gun season, which ran Nov. 29 through
Dec. 5, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife.

In 2009, hunters killed a total of 114,633 deer during the same
time period.

The biggest decline in harvest came in District 4 in the
southeast, down more than 17 percent, followed by central Ohio’s
District 1, down more than 10 percent. Northwest Ohio’s kill was up
nearly 2 percent, but the northeast’s District 3 harvest was off
nearly the same percentage. The southwest region’s District 5 was
down overall more than 2 percent.

Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer brought to Ohio
check stations last week included Tuscarawas-5,513, Harrison-3,721,
Guernsey-3,455, Licking-3,351, Coshocton-3,320, Washington-2,935,
Knox-2,843, Holmes-2,800, Muskingum-2,447 and Athens-2,395.

Young hunters across Ohio again enjoyed success during the
seventh annual youth deer gun season, held Nov. 20-21, according to
the Division of Wildlife.

Hunters, aged 17 and under, harvested 9,024 deer during the
special two-day season, as compared to 9,331 last year.

Counties reporting the greatest number of deer killed were
Tuscarawas-434, Knox-416, Holmes-337, Washington-274, Licking-267,
Guernsey and Harrison-265, Belmont-222, and Ashland and
Coshocton-196.

A total of 163,362 deer have been harvested so far this season
when combining the adult and youth gun seasons, early muzzleloader
season, and the first six weeks of the archery season. That
compares to a total of 178,397 killed last year during the same
time period. Hunters took a record total of 261,314 deer during all
of last year’s hunting seasons.

The statewide deer population was estimated to be 750,000 in
late September, prior to the start of the hunting season.
Approximately 420,000 hunters were expected to participate in the
statewide deer-gun season.

Hunters still have a weekend of deer gun hunting, Dec. 18-19,
and nine weeks of archery hunting in Ohio. Archery season remains
open until Feb. 6, 2011. The statewide muzzleloader deer hunting
season will be held Jan. 8 -11, 2011.

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.

Ohio hunters had near ideal weather for the opening day of deer
gun season. Hunters took 37,805 white-tailed deer on Nov. 29,
according to the Division of Wildlife.

The preliminary figures from deer check stations throughout the
state showed an increase of 12.5 percent from last year’s opening
day total of 33,607.

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