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Final numbers in for Ohio whitetail season

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Final results are in for Ohio's 2010-11 white-tailed deer season. A total of 239,260 deer were killed, a number that falls below the record 2009-10 total of 261,260.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the season were Coshocton-8,837;  Tuscarawas-8,164; Licking-7,819; Muskingum-7,130; Guernsey-6,990; Harrison-6,965; Knox-6,335; Carroll-5,721; Holmes-5,635; and Ashtabula-5,333.  

Open houses will be held March 5 in each of the state's five wildlife districts to provide the public a chance to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Call (800) 945-3543 or visit http://wildohio.com for driving directions to the open house locations.

A statewide hearing on all the proposed rules will be March 10 at 9 a.m.at the Division of Wildlife District One office at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus. The Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on proposed rules and season dates April 6.

Hunters were encouraged to take more does this season and donate extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. The Division of Wildlife collaborated with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to pay for processing donated venison. Hunters who gave their deer to food banks were not required to pay for processing as long as deer were taken to participating processors. Counties served by this program can be found online.  

The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio. The state ranks 8th 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.
 
Ohio's first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties; hunters harvested 168 deer. In 1956, deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties and hunters killed 3,911 deer during a one-week season.

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