Deer kill still lagging as ‘bonus’ gun season approaches

Athens, Ohio — The 12,000-plus 2017 and 2018 comparable to-date deer kill gap is unchanged just days before Ohio’s two-day so-called “bonus” gun deer hunt.

Raw data released Wednesday by the Ohio Division of Wildlife indicates that the current to-date deer kill total for this season stands at 134,545 animals. The comparable to-date number last year was 146,799 animals. That makes for 12,254 fewer deer for the same period in 2017.

Last week’s comparable to-date difference between 2017 and 2018 was 12,449 animals, or nearly identical to this week’s to-date number and its 2017 figure.

Deer hunters could make up some lost ground this weekend when the statewide two-day bonus season is held. Last year, hunters in Ohio killed 14,115 deer during the two-day bonus season. Another 15,843 deer were taken during the statewide 2017-2018 muzzle-loading season.

Of Ohio’s 88 counties, only five have shown increases in their respective 2018 to-date numbers when compared to their respective 2017 to-date deer kill figures. These are (2017 numbers in parentheses) Clark – 581 (538), Geauga – 1,414 (1,412), Medina – 1,575 (1,505), Portage – 1,832 (1,746), and Summit – 1,067 (1,059).

It may be noteworthy to point out that both Medina and Portage counties have consistently shown week-to-week deer kill increases when compared to their respective 2017 to-date numbers.

As for declines, some of those counties (2017 to-date numbers in parentheses) are Adams – 2,336 (2,625), Ashtabula – 3,884 (3,981), Brown – 1,737 (2,033), Carroll -2,646 (2,969), Champaign -894 (990), Clermont – 1,729 (1,957), Coshocton – 4,788 (5,158), Guernsey – 3,296 (3,682), Hancock – 883 (1,008), Harrison – 2,475 (2,789), Highland – 1,779 (2,135), Holmes – 3,032 (3,277), Jefferson – 1,334 (1,434), Knox – 3,305 (3,697), Lake – 621 (660), Licking -3,477 (3,908), Monroe – 1,816 (2,045), Muskingum – 3,694 (4,182), Ottawa – 351 (352), Shelby – 693 (806), Trumbull – 2,731 (2,820), Tuscarawas – 4,001 (4,402), and Wayne – 1,600 (1,730).

Adams, Ashtabula, Jefferson, Lake, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas counties have all shown week-to-week declines so far this season, and eight counties have recorded deer kills of at least 3,000 animals each. To-date in 2017, that figure was also eight counties. However, to-date in 2017, Ohio had 31 counties with at least 2,000 deer reported as being killed each. This year that figure stands at 26.

Still, to-date this year, Ohio has 35 counties with a reported deer kill of fewer than 1,000 animals each. In 2017, that figure was 32 counties.

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