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Final numbers in for Ohio 2011-12 white-tailed deer season

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Ohio hunters took 219,698 deer during the state’s 2011-12 hunting season, compared to 239,379 in the 2010-11 season. The top three counties with the highest number of deer taken this season were, with 2010-11 numbers shown in parentheses, Coshocton – 7,969 (8,837) , Licking – 7,275 (7,818), and Tuscarawas – 6,950 (8,158).

Hunters supported two new methods of game reporting made available this year. Since deer season began in late September, 44 percent of hunters called in their numbers, 36 percent reported their numbers online and 20 percent traveled to a license agent’s location to report their game.

Ohio’s first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties, and hunters reported 168 deer. In 1956, deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties, and hunters harvested 3,911 deer during a one-week season.

The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio and is frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks eighth nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.

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