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Goal-Setting Survey Sent to Ohio Deer Hunters

December 7, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH - The first-ever goal-setting survey involving Ohio's adult resident deer hunters was recently mailed from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. The letters went out on November 30, 2105. A similar survey was mailed in September to the state's production landowners.

The letter and survey comes from the office of Michael J. Tonkovich, Ph.D., Deer Program Administrator for the ODNR.

The survey will help determine deer population goals for Ohio. A letter attached to the survey says, "Your participation is vital, as it will help shape the future of Ohio's deer management policies. In the past, surveys of farmers have been used to set deer population goals. Hunters will now also have an opportunity to participate in the goal-setting process.

"We hope that you will take advantage of this important opportunity to get involved with the management of Ohio's deer herd. Returning your survey will ensure that Ohio's hunters have a clear voice in deciding the direction of deer management in Ohio. Rest assured that the information you provide will remain confidential, and only used and presented as a summary of all responses as a whole," the note continues.

The letter outlines a few things about the survey that may be helpful before hunters start. Since the hunting season is already underway, hunters will need to estimate the number of days you've already bowhunted.

Plan to return the survey after the 2-day gun hunt in December with estimates for days hunters plan to hunt in the statewide muzzleloader and late archery seasons.

Previous surveys have shown that most Ohio hunters are reluctant to support changes to public land regulations. However, comments from hunters about poor deer numbers and crowded conditions on public lands are numerous.

For additional information, visit the ODNR's website:



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