Hunters bagged 86,964 deer during Ohio's weeklong gun season that ended Sunday, with areas east of Columbus being the best places to hunt.
Hunters bagged 86,964 deer during Ohio’s weeklong gun season that ended Sunday, with areas east of Columbus being the best places to hunt.
The number of white-tailed deer killed this season dropped 3.7 percent from the 2011 total, which was described as “anticipated” by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.
The top counties in the deer harvest were Coshocton (3,119). Muskingum (2,927). Tuscarawas (2,860). Guernsey (2,620). Harrison (2,370). Licking (2,271). Washington (2,163). Knox (2,159). Belmont (2,127) and Carroll (2,062).
The number of deer killed in central Ohio counties (with the change from 2011 in parentheses): Delaware, 620 (+26); Fairfield, 1,040 (-112); Franklin, 176 (+6); Licking, 2,271 (-407); Madison, 141 (-26); Pickaway, 500 (+34); and Union, 352 (-2).
The deer harvest is down because state wildlife officials have worked to reduce the statewide herd by expanding hunting opportunities, including allowing more does to be taken, said spokesman John Windau.
Another deer-gun weekend is set for Dec. 15-16, while archery season remains open until Feb. 3. The statewide muzzleloader deer season is Jan. 5-8.