Deer kill numbers tumble as inclement weather greets Ohio gun hunters on opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio hunters checked 10,904 white-tailed deer during a snowy and rainy opening day of the gun hunting week, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Over the last three years, hunters took an average of 17,145 deer on opening day. Last year, there were 15,513 deer taken during the gun opener. The deer-gun season is open until Sunday, Dec. 6, and again Dec. 19-20.

The top 10 counties for deer harvest on the opening day of the gun season include: Coshocton (356), Tuscarawas (352), Knox (336), Muskingum (328), Licking (308), Ashtabula (289), Carroll (279), Holmes (278), Guernsey (277), and Harrison (258). In 2019, Coshocton County also led the state on opening day with 664 deer taken.

Ohio archery hunters have taken 78,607 deer through Monday, Nov. 30. Plus, Ohio’s young hunters checked 5,909 white-tailed deer during the 2020 two-day youth gun season, Nov. 21-22.

Ohio offers more opportunities for hunters to pursue deer. Deer-muzzleloader season is Saturday, Jan. 2, through Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Deer-archery season is open now through Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

A county list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during opening day of the 2020 deer-gun hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for opening day 2020, and the three-year average of deer harvested on opening day in 2017, 2018, 2019 is in parentheses. A three-year average provides a better overall comparison to this year’s harvest numbers, eliminating year-to-year variation because of weather, misaligned season dates, timing of the crop harvest, and other unavoidable factors. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change. These numbers may include controlled hunts:

Adams: 166 (249); Allen: 48 (74); Ashland: 218 (353); Ashtabula: 289 (637); Athens: 180 (357); Auglaize: 69 (76); Belmont: 184 (286); Brown: 181 (208); Butler: 64 (57); Carroll: 279 (430); Champaign: 76 (93); Clark: 23 (39); Clermont: 122 (118); Clinton: 38 (60); Columbiana: 215 (349); Coshocton: 356 (723); Crawford: 98 (137); Cuyahoga: 7 (12); Darke: 61 (65); Defiance: 209 (204); Delaware: 73 (102); Erie: 26 (54); Fairfield: 129 (154); Fayette: 18 (23); Franklin: 33 (32); Fulton: 79 (91); Gallia: 152 (282); Geauga: 77 (121); Greene: 26 (41); Guernsey: 277 (495); Hamilton: 12 (24); Hancock: 57 (101); Hardin: 109 (122); Harrison: 258 (389); Henry: 82 (96); Highland: 206 (230); Hocking: 179 (328); Holmes: 278 (485); Huron: 161 (282); Jackson: 132 (270); Jefferson: 141 (198); Knox: 336 (558); Lake: 18 (39); Lawrence: 103 (174); Licking: 308 (457); Logan: 135 (170); Lorain: 73 (150); Lucas: 27 (23); Madison: 25 (31); Mahoning: 88 (160); Marion: 57 (100); Medina: 64 (125); Meigs: 166 (295); Mercer: 63 (72); Miami: 29 (46); Monroe: 185 (285); Montgomery: 26 (29); Morgan: 181 (340); Morrow: 129 (156); Muskingum: 328 (592); Noble: 216 (325); Ottawa: 15 (26); Paulding: 136 (119); Perry: 170 (279); Pickaway: 27 (75); Pike: 98 (150); Portage: 88 (121); Preble: 39 (52); Putnam: 65 (76); Richland: 253 (325); Ross: 157 (233); Sandusky: 39 (53); Scioto: 89 (145); Seneca: 126 (189); Shelby: 55 (87); Stark: 119 (200); Summit: 13 (23); Trumbull: 213 (371); Tuscarawas: 352 (612); Union: 67 (72); Van Wert: 55 (45); Vinton: 97 (233); Warren: 51 (49); Washington: 171 (386); Wayne: 112 (208); Williams: 166 (203); Wood: 53 (62); Wyandot: 133 (180).
2020 Total: 10,904
Three-Year Average Total: (17,145)

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