Miserable weather again cuts down on deer gun kill
It was deja vu all over again during Ohio’s bonus firearm season for deer on Dec. 15-16.
Poor weather across much of the state in the form of heavy rain served to again curtail the kill. Wet weather during much of the traditional firearms week after Thanksgiving did much the same.
In any event, Ohio’s hunters checked 9,625 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2018 two-day deer-gun hunting season, Dec. 15-16, according to the Ohio DNR. During last year’s two-day December deer-gun season, 14,115 deer were harvested.
Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter. Muzzleloader season is Jan. 5-8, 2019, and archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.
Past year’s harvest summaries and weekly updated harvest reports can be found at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.
For the first time this year, Ohio resident hunters can purchase multiyear and lifetime licenses at wildohio.gov and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state. License buyers can choose from 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and lifetime hunting or fishing licenses. All money generated from the sale of multiyear and lifetime licenses is deposited into the Wildlife Fund, where it will be used to protect and enhance Ohio’s wildlife populations.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.