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Ohio remains top deer hunting state

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Deer-archery season ended Feb. 2, bringing all seasons to a close, during which Ohio’s hunters checked 191,459 white-tailed deer during the 2013-2014 hunting seasons.

Hunters checked 218,910 deer during the 2012-2103 hunting season. The expected decline followed several years of liberal bag limits and deer regulations, which helped bring Ohio’s white-tailed deer population closer to target levels.

“This year’s white-tailed deer harvest indicates we are on target to maintain a high-quality deer herd,” said Ohio Division of Wildlife Chief Scott Zody. “Ohio remains one of the best deer hunting states in the nation.”

Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were above target numbers.  In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward their goal. Once a county’s deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population near that goal.

The Ohio counties reporting most checked deer for all implements during the 2013-2014 season are Coshocton (6,270), Tuscarawas (5,774), Licking (5,711), Muskingum (5,547), Guernsey (5,307), Ashtabula (4,981), Harrison (4,533), Knox (4,529), Carroll (4,203) and Athens (4,053). Coshocton County also reported the most deer harvested in 2012-2013 (7,413).

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