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Ohio Youth Hunters

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Ohio youth hunters checked 9,178 white-tailed deer during the two-day youth gun season, Nov. 17-18.

The harvest total represents a 5.7 percent increase from 2011 (8,681) and is the highest total since 2009 (9,269). Youth hunters have checked at least 8,300 deer every year since 2005.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked: Tuscarawas (317), Coshocton (295), Muskingum (280), Licking (262), Knox (247), Holmes (235), Belmont (234), Guernsey (232), Harrison (225) and Washington (196). These were also the top 10 counties in 2011, although the order was different.

Ohio’s youth deer-gun season was open in all 88 counties. All participants were required to wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license and youth deer permit and also be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

Youth hunters may commemorate their achievement with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.com. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a safe and early hunting experience for young hunters. Special seasons are also set aside for upland game, wild turkey and waterfowl hunting.

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