Deer kill remains steady as rut winds down

Depending on where one lives in Ohio, either the rut is still in full swing or the bucks’ testosterone levels have begun to ebb.

And many of the state’s deer hunters are taking advantage of the annual mating ritual, with a to-date kill of 54,308 animals based on the end of the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s weekly reporting period through Nov. 13.

That 54,308 figure is, however, 2,367 fewer animals than the 56,675 deer reported taken during the comparable to-date Nov. 14, 2017, reporting period.

Still, the 54,308 number represents an increased kill of 15,982 deer taken during the previous week. Or put another way, the 15,982 figure does represent a small shrinkage from the weekly reported deer kill between the Oct. 30, 2018, and Nov. 6, 2018, periods.

Obviously, there are many ways to look at the weekly deer kill numbers.

Take, for instance, only 21 of Ohio’s 88 counties reported increases in the number of deer taken to-date as of Nov. 13, 2018, when compared to their comparable Nov. 14, 2017, numbers. Last week, increases were noted in 48 of Ohio’s 88 counties. And for the first time this year, Coshocton County saw a decline in its comparable 2017 and 2018 respective to-date numbers.

Only one county – Preble – saw an identical to-date 2017 and 2018 number (349 animals). The rest of the state’s counties saw respective declines.

Among the year-to-year comparison declines (with their respective to-date 2017 numbers in parentheses – and take note of some of the steep fall-offs): Adams – 991 (1,118); Ashtabula – 1,425 (1,546); Brown – 719 (745); Coshocton – 1,981 (2,016); Geauga – 634 (702); Guernsey – 1,161 (1,229); Hamilton – 746 (849); Hocking – 857 (935); Holmes – 1,259 (1,352); Lake – 338 (406); Lorain – 730 (822); Lucas – 321 (355); Muskingum – 1,284 (1,395); Shelby – 286 (328); Trumbull – 1,300 (1,335); Tuscarawas – 1,467 (1,545); and Vinton – 747 (797).

And among the gainers (with their respective to-date 2017 numbers in parentheses): Auglaize – 289 (282); Gallia – 634 (600); Hardin – 346 (343); Jefferson – 454 (444); Media – 746 (707); Ottawa – 165 (162); Portage – 968 (825); Stark – 995 (987); and Wayne – 709 (701).

Also, to-date as of the Nov. 13, 2018, reporting period, there are 10 counties with kills exceeding 1,000 animals each. As for the Nov. 14, 2017, reporting period, there were 12 such counties, including one county – Coshocton – with more than 2,000 animals reportedly taken.

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