From Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- Ohio bow hunters harvested 51,620 deer during the first six weeks of the state's archery season. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, this year's early archery season harvest is 4 percent lower than last year's record of 53,982 deer.
The season started Sept. 27 and will carry on through Feb. 1, 2009.
Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer brought to check stations were: Licking-2,046; Tuscarawas-1,991; Holmes-1,593; Ashtabula-1,434; Coshocton-1,391; Trumbull-1,302; Harrison-1,286; Ashland-1,235; Guernsey-1,145; and Stark-1,082.
The statewide deer population was estimated to be 700,000 in early October. Approximately 300,000 bow hunters are expected to participate in the statewide deer-archery hunting season.
Bow hunters harvested a total of 78,639 deer during last year's four-month Ohio archery season.
A detailed listing of deer-hunting rules can be found in the 2008-2009 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest that is available wherever licenses are sold, and online at http://wildohio.com.