Coshocton County Leads Ohio in Weekend Deer-Gun Harvest Numbers

80 percent of Ohio’s Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Internet
for Checking Game

Columbus, OH- Hunters harvested an additional 16,766 deer during
the extra weekend of gun hunting, December 17-18, according to the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of
Wildlife.

The extra weekend was first offered in 2006 in response to
hunters’ request for an increase in the amount of weekend days to
pursue white-tailed deer, the state’s number one big game animal.
In 2010, hunters took 20,916 deer during the additional two
days.

Counties leading the state in deer killed over the weekend
included: Coshocton – 593; Tuscarawas – 541; Muskingum – 499;
Licking – 483; Harrison – 477; Guernsey – 446; Carroll – 442;
Belmont – 416; Ashtabula – 387; and Knox – 373.

Hunters must still report their deer harvest, but are no longer
required to take their deer to a check station for physical
inspection. Instead, hunters have three options to complete the new
automated game check:

On the Internet at wildohio.com.

By telephone at 1-877-TAG-ITOH (1-877-824-4864). This option is
only available to those who are required to have a deer permit to
hunt deer.

At all license agents. A list of these agents can be found at
wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

Hunters are showing support for all three game-check methods. Since
the beginning of deer season, 44 percent of hunters have used the
phone method, another 36 percent are reporting their harvests over
the Internet, and the final 20 percent are traveling to a license
agent’s location to check their game.

The Division of Wildlife is collaborating with Farmers and
Hunters Feeding the Hungry to help pay the processing fees of
donated venison. Donations of extra deer will be accepted
throughout the entire deer season. Hunters who donate their deer to
a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as
the deer are taken to a participating processor and while funding
for the effort is available. Counties being served by this program
can be found online at www.fhfh.org.

Hunters who wish to share their success can submit a photo of
themselves and the deer they killed this year to wildohio.com.

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.

A detailed listing of deer-hunting rules is contained in the
2011-2012 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are
sold. It may also be viewed online at wildohio.com.

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EDITORS NOTE: Following is a list of deer killed by hunters during
the deer-gun hunting weekend, December 17-18. Numbers in
parentheses are 2010 figures.

Adams – 323 (302); Allen – 122 (104); Ashland – 252 (367);
Ashtabula – 387 (579); Athens – 332 (352); Auglaize – 82 (57);
Belmont – 416 (529); Brown – 261 (319); Butler – 102 (96); Carroll
– 442 (585); Champaign – 128 (147); Clark – 76 (77); Clermont – 226
(300); Clinton – 84 (110); Columbiana – 324 (429); Coshocton – 593
(931); Crawford – 91 (99); Cuyahoga – 2 (3); Darke – 71 (81);
Defiance – 174 (182); Delaware – 143 (162); Erie – 31 (82);
Fairfield – 180 (318); Fayette – 23 (29); Franklin – 47 (55);
Fulton – 85 (98); Gallia – 233 (304); Geauga – 160 (133); Greene –
74 (73); Guernsey – 446 (620); Hamilton – 91 (85); Hancock – 147
(102); Hardin – 103 (116); Harrison – 477 (693); Henry – 95(70);
Highland – 267 (300); Hocking – 281 (332); Holmes – 303 (466);
Huron – 198 (256); Jackson – 215 (208); Jefferson – 369 (427); Knox
– 373 (543); Lake – 46 (57); Lawrence – 205 (235); Licking – 483
(615); Logan – 200 (188); Lorain – 173 (255); Lucas – 30 (36);
Madison – 50 (62); Mahoning – 181 (176); Marion – 80 (107); Medina
– 157 (203); Meigs – 269 (358); Mercer – 57 (51); Miami – 70 (59);
Monroe – 281 (367); Montgomery – 18 (23); Morgan – 242 (317);
Morrow – 130 (201); Muskingum – 499 (596); Noble – 272 (430);
Ottawa – 33 (51); Paulding – 124 (140); Perry – 228 (372); Pickaway
– 93 (105); Pike – 161 (179); Portage – 167 (162); Preble – 72
(88); Putnam – 77 (66); Richland – 290 (403); Ross – 265 (344);
Sandusky – 60 (82); Scioto – 224 (256); Seneca – 159 (200); Shelby
– 97 (97); Stark – 175 (212); Summit – 44 (40); Trumbull – 242
(329); Tuscarawas – 541 (740); Union – 73 (86); Van Wert – 86 (85);
Vinton – 231 (219); Warren – 110 (137); Washington – 330 (439);
Wayne – 184 (204); Williams – 197 (184); Wood – 76 (71); Wyandot –
160 (163); Total – 16,766 (20,916)

 

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