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Ohio Hunters Challenged by Weather

November 29, 2011
ODNR

COLUMBUS, OH Hunters took 23,600 white-tailed deer on a rain-soaked Monday, the first day of the 2011 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, December 4 then reopens for two days on December 17-18.

The preliminary figures show a decrease of 39 percent from last year's opening day total of 39,071. "Last year's opening day harvest was exceptionally high. Even with ideal weather conditions, I'm sure this year's harvest would have fallen short of the 2010 season simply because last year was an atypical season," said Mike Tonkovich, ODNR, Division of Wildlife deer project leader." He noted that the weather conditions on opening day in 2007 were so poor that the harvest was down an unprecedented 51%.

Tonkovich said that bow hunting continues to grow in popularity and has had an impact on the gun season harvest. Ohio has one of the most liberal bow-hunting seasons in the country, which allows hunters to take advantage of the good weather earlier in the fall.

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Garrett Buzzard took this 10-pt buck on 11/19/2011 in Warsaw, Ohio.

Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer checked on Monday included: Coshocton-1,197, Muskingun-964, Tuscarawas-896, Harrison-882, Guernsey-816, Knox-719, Belmont-629, Carroll-620, Holmes-617, and Licking-616.

Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in the statewide deer-gun season. Ohio's deer population was estimated to be 750,000 prior to the start of the fall hunting seasons.

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 an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.

Fact Box

The Ohio deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, December 4, then reopens for two days on December 17-18.

The Division of Wildlife challenges all deer hunters to make this year special for Ohio's hungry by donating a deer to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH). Last year, hunters showed they cared by donating nearly 500,600 meals to Ohioans in need.

Hunters who give their deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor and funding for the effort lasts. Counties being served by this program can be found at www.fhfh.org.

The 2011-2012 licenses will not be printed on weatherproof paper. Sportsmen and women should protect their licenses and permits from the elements by carrying them in a protective pouch or wallet.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Website at www.ohiodnr.com.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE NUMBER OF DEER CHECKED AND TAGGED BY HUNTERS DURING THE FIRST DAY OF DEER-GUN HUNTING SEASON. THE NUMBER TAKEN DURING THE 2010 SEASON IS MARKED IN ( ): 2011(2010)

Adams 395(538); Allen 67(144); Ashland 330(563); Ashtabula 609(1,057); Athens 505(779); Auglaize 50(81); Belmont 629(971); Brown 244(479); Butler 31(136); Carroll 620(1,042); Champaign 112 (210); Clark 43(97); Clermont 150(414); Clinton 61(129); Columbiana 485(833); Coshocton 1,197(1,923); Crawford 118(186); Cuyahoga 4(5); Darke 37(88); Defiance 261(402); Delaware 120(233); Erie 24(53); Fairfield 298(432); Fayette 21(37); Franklin 35(43); Fulton 109(169); Gallia 465(703); Geauga 153(265); Greene 40(88); Guernsey 816(1,260); Hamilton 18(75); Hancock 105(184); Hardin 104(191); Harrison 882 (1,365); Henry 78(242); Highland 299(552); Hocking 602(803); Holmes 617(1,087); Huron 284(409); Jackson 402(671); Jefferson 546(900); Knox 719(1,315); Lake 38(54); Lawrence 382(494); Licking 616(1,117); Logan 162(316); Lorain 167(268); Lucas 34(53); Madison 35(68); Mahoning 101(239); Marion 66(132); Medina 110(171); Meigs 499(733); Mercer 51(99); Miami 22(53); Monroe 532(726); Montgomery 16(46); Morgan 458(769); Morrow 178 (356); Muskingum 964(1,523); Noble 584(825); Ottawa 18(23); Paulding 128(247); Perry 477(750); Pickaway 124(216); Pike 246(407); Portage 144(229); Preble 46(64); Putnam 46(139); Richland 434(750); Ross 385(579); Sandusky 58(59); Scioto 278(402); Seneca 148(329); Shelby 87(139); Stark 153(220); Summit 22(44); Trumbull 315(554); Tuscarawas 896(1,494); Union 76(128); Van Wert 45(104); Vinton 468(674); Warren 66(143); Washington 503(979); Wayne 167(304); Williams 299(485); Wood 47(89); Wyandot 224(324); TOTAL:23,600 (39,071).

 
 

 

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