From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- Ohio hunters took 104,442 white-tailed deer during the state's popular, week-long deer gun season Nov. 29 through Dec. 5. In 2009, hunters killed a preliminary total of 114,633 deer during the same time period.
A weekend of deer-gun hunting Dec. 18 and 19 remains, as well as nine weeks of archery hunting. Archery season remains open until Feb. 6. The statewide muzzleloader deer season is Jan. 8 to 11.
Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer brought to Ohio check stations last week included Tuscarawas-5,513, Harrison-3,721, Guernsey-3,455, Licking-3,351, Coshocton-3,320, Washington-2, 935, Knox-2, 843, Holmes-2,800, Muskingum-2,447 and Athens-2,395.
A total of 163,362 deer were harvested so far this season when combining the adult and youth gun seasons, early muzzleloader season, and the first six weeks of the archery season. That compares to a total of 178,397 taken last year during the same time period. Hunters took a record total of 261,314 deer during all of last year's hunting seasons.
Prior to the start of the hunting season, the statewide deer population was estimated to be 750,000 in late September. Approximately 420,000 hunters were expected to participate in the statewide deer-gun season.
The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks 8th nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has a $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.
Ohio's first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties, when hunters harvested 168 deer. In 1956, deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties and hunters killed 3,911 deer during that one-week season.
A detailed listing of deer-hunting rules is contained in the 2010-2011 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are sold. It may also be viewed online at www.wildohio.com.