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Ohio's Young Deer Hunters Harvest Over 10,000 Deer During Two-Day Hunt

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Young hunters across Ohio again enjoyed success during the Fifth Annual Youth Deer-Gun Season, held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18. Hunters age 17 and under harvested 10,515 deer during the special two-day season. 

Last year's youth hunt saw a deer harvest of 8,811.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife estimated 40,000 young hunters took to the state's fields and forests during the two-day season.

Counties reporting the greatest number of deer killed were Tuscarawas- 420, Holmes- 413, Ashland-387, Athens-368, Guernsey-366, Washington-330, Harrison-322, Knox and Licking-284 each, and Ross-271.  

The youth deer-gun season was open in all 88 counties. Young hunters could take one deer of either sex, in accordance with existing bag and deer-zone limits. Shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns, and bows were legal. All participants were required to wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio hunting license and special deer permit, and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

This recent hunt is one of four special youth-only dates designed to promote hunting among young Ohioans. Special days are also set aside for upland game, wild turkey, and waterfowl hunting opportunities.

Details on youth hunting opportunities and all Ohio deer hunting seasons can be found in the 2007-2008 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are sold. It can also be viewed online at

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