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Ohio archers see lower deer harvest during early season

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Ohio bow hunters killed 49,384 deer during the first six weeks of the state's archery season, 8 percent lower than last year's 53,959 deer.

Pursuing deer with a bow continues to grow in popularity among Ohio hunters. The season began Sept. 25 and continues through Feb. 6.

Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer brought to check stations were Tuscarawas - 1,897; Licking - 1,779; Holmes - 1,537; Coshocton - 1,352; Harrison - 1,274; Ashtabula - 1,247; Clermont - 1,196; Trumbull - 1,074; Guernsey - 1,029; and Stark - 1,027.
 
"A big acorn year has led to varied hunting success throughout the state," said Mike Tonkovich, ODNR deer biologist. "I expect that any deficits we see now will be made up by the close of gun season when the acorns are nearly gone."

The statewide deer population was estimated to be 750,000 in early October. Approximately 345,000 bow hunters are expected to participate in the statewide deer archery hunting season.

Bow hunters harvested a total of 91,546 deer during last year's four month archery season.

Current county totals with 2009 numbers in parentheses include: Adams - 805 (785); Allen - 276 (463); Ashland - 962 (1,139); Ashtabula - 1,247 (1,348); Athens - 823 (845); Auglaize - 193 (243); Belmont - 462 (619); Brown - 471 (614); Butler - 531 (623); Carroll - 462 (570); Champaign - 342 (526); Clark - 390 (434); Clermont - 1,197 (1,007); Clinton - 297 (283); Columbiana - 799 (975);

Coshocton - 1,352 (1,451) ; Crawford - 428 (490); Cuyahoga - 417 (362); Darke - 140 (165); Defiance - 384 (383); Delaware - 460 (509); Erie - 243 (359); Fairfield - 1,020(1,142); Fayette - 63 (90); Franklin - 398 (451); Fulton - 294 (208); Gallia - 352 (362); Geauga - 727 (767); Greene - 206 (232); Guernsey - 1,029 (1,134); Hamilton - 835 (802); Hancock - 288 (294); Hardin - 246 (197); Harrison - 1,274 (1,278); Henry -138 (124); Highland - 772 (802); Hocking - 689 (731);

Holmes - 1,537 (1,969); Huron - 529 (598); Jackson - 808 (848); Jefferson - 554 (682); Knox - 916 (1,175); Lake - 390 (504); Lawrence - 550 (389); Licking - 1,779 (2,334); Logan - 612 (552); Lorain - 763 (774); Lucas - 221 (412); Madison - 115 (116); Mahoning - 630 (601); Marion - 155 (196); Medina - 519 (666); Meigs - 568 (585); Mercer - 184 (191); Miami - 170 (126); Monroe - 400 (330); Montgomery - 351 (354); Morgan - 416 (393); Morrow - 482 (554);

Muskingum - 692 (1,052); Noble - 642 (621); Ottawa - 91 (60); Paulding - 413 (223); Perry - 517 (584); Pickaway - 208 (285); Pike - 283 (322); Portage - 542 (767); Preble - 210 (258); Putnam - 469 (386); Richland - 671 (814); Ross - 858 (857); Sandusky - 165 (216); Scioto - 594 (491); Seneca - 622 (547); Shelby - 449 (415); Stark - 1,027 (1,204); Summit - 569 (774); Trumbull - 1,074(1,251); Tuscarawas - 1,897 (1,770); Union - 334 (374); Van Wert - 224 (158); Vinton - 457 (449); Warren - 584 (687); Washington - 649 (760); Wayne - 455 (410); Williams - 521 (492); Wood - 278 (311); Wyandot - 229 (265); Total - 49,384 (53,959). 

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