Despite perfect weather, deer gun season off to slow start

Mike MooreHunters checked 22,620 white-tailed deer on Monday, Dec. 2, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife.

The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 8. Hunters are encouraged to take to the field to enjoy the six days remaining in the deer-gun season. Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population.       

Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year’s season. Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2013-2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or atwildohio.com.

So far this season, hunters have harvested 109,932 deer compared to 113,107 at the same point in the season last year, which represents a 3% difference.  

Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer checked in 2013: Coshocton (940), Ashtabula (880), Tuscarawas (853), Muskingum (831), Guernsey (742), Harrison (738), Carroll (698), Knox (645), Columbiana (584) and Licking (572).

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during opening day of the 2013 deer-gun hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2013, and the 2012 numbers are in parentheses.

Adams: 376 (478); Allen: 77 (122); Ashland: 318 (497); Ashtabula: 880 (816); Athens: 529 (602); Auglaize: 99 (107); Belmont: 530 (674); Brown: 262 (334); Butler: 92 (100); Carroll: 698 (776); Champaign: 137 (163); Clark: 56 (61); Clermont: 160 (268); Clinton: 68 (115); Columbiana: 584 (603); Coshocton: 940 (1,199); Crawford: 140 (164); Cuyahoga: 2 (5); Darke: 44 (91); Defiance: 269 (340); Delaware: 100 (175); Erie: 43 (61); Fairfield: 228 (325); Fayette: 24 (35); Franklin: 25 (53); Fulton: 127 (151); Gallia: 382 (523); Geauga: 153 (157); Greene: 66 (98); Guernsey: 742 (858); Hamilton: 42 (59); Hancock: 89 (174); Hardin: 142(148); Harrison: 738 (845); Henry: 112 (123); Highland: 294 (448); Hocking: 382 (664); Holmes: 521 (739); Huron: 338 (381); Jackson: 325 (463); Jefferson: 448 (649); Knox: 645 (830); Lake: 30 (55); Lawrence: 276 (342); Licking: 572 (805); Logan: 186 (234); Lorain: 157 (202); Lucas: 27 (26); Madison: 26 (39); Mahoning: 227 (242); Marion: 76 (111); Medina: 146 (202); Meigs: 435 (527); Mercer: 72 (100); Miami: 53 (54); Monroe: 364 (536); Montgomery: 34 (42); Morgan: 387 (587); Morrow: 176 (280); Muskingum: 831 (1,102); Noble: 402 (568); Ottawa: 25 (24); Paulding: 158 (191); Perry: 419 (587); Pickaway: 102 (168); Pike: 198 (294); Portage: 150 (189); Preble: 73 (82); Putnam: 72 (108); Richland: 314 (471); Ross: 307 (495); Sandusky: 60 (70); Scioto: 264 (303); Seneca: 199 (254); Shelby: 111 (155); Stark: 243 (253); Summit: 23 (43); Trumbull: 482 (471); Tuscarawas: 853 (1,091); Union: 82 (119); Van Wert: 42 (76); Vinton: 397 (544); Warren: 78 (129); Washington: 497 (747); Wayne: 190 (245); Williams: 340 (354); Wood: 59 (67); Wyandot: 178 (239). Total: 22,620 (29,297).

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