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Ohio's Young Hunters Harvest Nearly 6,000 Deer

November 21, 2016
ODNR

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio's young hunters braved less than ideal weather conditions over the weekend and checked 5,930 white-tailed deer during the two-day youth gun season, November 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year's youth gun season, 7,223 white-tailed deer were checked.

Youth hunters could pursue deer with a legal shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun or specific straight-walled cartridge rifle and were required to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult during the two-day season. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a dedicated hunting experience for young hunters. Youth hunting seasons are also available for small game, wild turkey and waterfowl.

Ohio offers many more opportunities for hunters of all ages to pursue deer. The deer-gun season is Nov. 28, through Dec. 4, and Dec. 17-18. Deer-muzzleloader season is Jan. 7, through Jan. 10, 2017. Deer-archery season is open now through Feb. 5, 2017. Find complete details in the 2016-2017 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations at wildohio.gov.

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Connor Mayle harvested this doe in Columbiana County on opening day of 2016 Ohio youth gun season.

Youth hunters can commemorate their hunt with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.gov. Participants can upload a photo and type in their information to personalize the certificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.

For summaries of past deer seasons, visit wildohio.gov/deerharvest.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio's deer populations. The goal of Ohio's Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

A county list of all white-tailed deer checked by youth hunters using a shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun or straight-walled cartridge rifle during the 2016 youth deer-gun hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county's name shows the harvest numbers for 2016, and the 2015 numbers are in parentheses. The youth deer-gun numbers may include controlled hunts. The list by county: Adams: 139 (170); Allen: 37 (44); Ashland: 111 (149); Ashtabula: 108 (147); Athens: 106 (169); Auglaize: 35 (52); Belmont: 147 (167); Brown: 70 (100); Butler: 19 (25); Carroll: 127 (140); Champaign: 36 (47); Clark: 11 (20); Clermont: 56 (65); Clinton: 25 (37); Columbiana: 117 (122); Coshocton: 222 (258); Crawford: 34 (37); Cuyahoga: 0 (0); Darke: 22 (21); Defiance: 63 (75); Delaware: 26 (42); Erie: 72 (17); Fairfield: 53 (79); Fayette: 18 (18); Franklin: 6 (8); Fulton: 20 (30); Gallia: 114 (124); Geauga: 41 (39); Greene: 21 (18); Guernsey: 197 (188); Hamilton: 18 (13); Hancock: 40 (50); Hardin: 48 (58); Harrison: 116 (183); Henry: 25 (20); Highland: 96 (132); Hocking: 73 (125); Holmes: 145 (203); Huron: 80 (85); Jackson: 108 (135); Jefferson: 98 (117); Knox: 144 (182); Lake: 6 (8); Lawrence: 84 (69); Licking: 138 (182); Logan: 74 (82); Lorain: 62 (56); Lucas: 6 (15); Madison: 21 (19); Mahoning: 38 (65); Marion: 36 (31); Medina: 42 (38); Meigs: 152 (171); Mercer: 32 (47); Miami: 25 (29); Monroe: 112 (128); Montgomery: 4 (7); Morgan: 121 (143); Morrow: 38 (52); Muskingum: 162 (200); Noble: 118 (114); Ottawa: 20 (18); Paulding: 44 (49); Perry: 101 (128); Pickaway: 27 (41); Pike: 85 (83); Portage: 32 (104); Preble: 22 (43); Putnam: 34 (38); Richland: 99 (116); Ross: 128 (162); Sandusky: 29 (15); Scioto: 72 (127); Seneca: 75 (95); Shelby: 47 (67); Stark: 62 (64); Summit: 6 (9); Trumbull: 79 (81); Tuscarawas: 178 (226); Union: 31 (36); Van Wert: 19 (38); Vinton: 87 (102); Warren: 26 (35); Washington: 126 (145); Wayne: 72 (79); Williams: 32 (48); Wood: 30 (28); Wyandot: 52 (79).

Total: 5,930 (7,223).

 
 

 

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