Ohio Deer Population:  About 670,000 deer in 2017.  An estimated 660,000 deer in 2015, up from about 640,000 in 2014.  Hunting data indicates little change in 2016, a modest increase in 2017, forecasted to be stable to slightly higher for 2018.  The state has been trying to slowly increase the population.  Estimated at about 725,000 prior to the hunting season in 2013 and 2012.  A recent peak population of about 800,000 deer in the early 2000s.  Herd analysis at right.   Historical Ohio deer hunting data and news archive.

Ohio Deer News

... On the first day of white-tail deer gun-hunting season, a total of 15,501 deer were taken by Buckeye State hunters, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife. That’s up more than 13 percent from last year ...

Bow hunting making dent in Ohio deer gun season December 2, 2019 Ohio, Cincinnati Enquirer
... In 1981, only one of every three gun hunters also bow hunted. In 2018, two-thirds of gun hunters also hunted during archery season.  The shift is due in part to increasing interest and accessibility to archery hunting ... archers accounted for almost half of last season’s entire deer harvest ...

South Euclid, Public shares thoughts on South Euclid’s deer population November 26, 2019 Ohio, Cleveland.com
...  There were those who believed the city should cull deer, while several others said they enjoyed having the animals around. Still others thought that the deer population needs to be managed, but that it should be done in a humane way that does not involve sharpshooters or bow hunters...

Highland Heights conduct infrared deer count; online and mail deer surveys also scheduled November 13, 2019 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... the U.S. Department of Agriculture will undertake a deer count utilizing infrared technology... going to drive up and down every street in the city detecting heat and counting how many deer each street has ... also planning to begin Dec. 1 a residents survey, both in online and paper mail forms... 

... the statewide bag limit is six deer with only one Buck allowed. There are also restrictions on the types of weapons ...

  Volunteers, wildlife officials save stuck buck November 7, 2019 Ohio, Cleveland
... the third day in a row that they spent trying to free the tenacious buck. The deer, which appears to have fallen in the cavernous pit at some point over the weekend, had no way to escape because it was far too deep...

... If asked to choose between using lethal or non-lethal means to control the deer population, 62.4 percent would choose non-lethal methods, compared to 37.7 percent favoring lethal means ... 604 people took part in the survey -- far more than in any other survey the city has conducted... using non-lethal methods (contraception and/or sterilization) was the top choice of 48.8 percent of respondents, while another 28 percent “somewhat” supported this method...

How to determine a deer’s mood by its tail October 29, 2019 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
... A wagging tail ... deer is at ease ... Lifting its tail halfway, so that it sticks straight out, is the first sign that a deer senses danger... By raising its tail vertically, also called flagging, a deer exposes the white fur of its tail and backside to alert others in its herd of danger ...

... The vote was 7 to 0 in favor of the contract with Precision Wildlife LLC for an amount not to exceed $68,000 for deer culling ...

Deer-vehicle collisions increase each autumn on Ohio September 27, 2019 Richland Source
... According to ODPS, 18,309 deer-vehicle (D-V) crashes were reported statewide last year, down by just 117 deer crashes from the 2017 total...

... An ODNR informational booklet on managing urban white-tailed deer that was given to council members at the meeting notes that different people have different feelings about deer. While some are annoyed by deer in their yards, others find the animals cute, enjoyable and a pleasant bit of nature right outside their back door.  The ODNR booklet states that, because people feel differently about deer, finding a consensus solution is “nearly impossible." ...

... After reviewing the results of 350+ resident responses to a questionnaire distributed by the City, the Task Force finalized its report and recommended that the City undertake a culling program on City-owned land...

  Mansfield firefighters rescue albino deer September 10, 2019 Ohio, NBC4i
... Video shows the albino deer caught in some type of netting, when firefighters slowly approach...  able to free the animal and it runs back into the woods...

Avon Lake residents weigh in on city’s deer population September 2, 2019 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... Of the respondents, 30.8 percent said increasing and 30.8 percent said decreasing. The rest indicated stable or no answer... Over the last month, how many total deer have you seen on your property?  Less than one per day, showing a decrease from the answer of slightly more than one per day in 2016, when a survey was last taken...

... Siberian musk deer are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species due to habitat fragmentation and illegal hunting. The Columbus Zoo is one of only four AZA-accredited facilities that house Siberian musk deer...

New bill raises fishing, hunting license fees July 26, 2019 Ohio, LimaOhio.com
...  either-sex permits rise to $16 from $12 for youth residents and non-residents. An adult resident permit increases to $31.20 from $24. A non-resident adult permit and senior resident permit remain unchanged at $76.96 and $12...

Akron Zoo welcomes newborn Siberian musk deer Little Bucky June 21, 2019 Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal
... Siberian musk deer are currently vulnerable to extinction due to poachers hunting them for their musk glands to use in perfumes and traditional medicine...

... Ward and other city officials received protests and criticism in 2016 when the city implemented a trap-and-bolt method of deer culling ... next deer season, Lyndhurst will be employing sharpshooters...

Ohio's white-tailed deer season dates approved April 25, 2019 Farm and Dairy
... Deer bag limits remain the same for all counties. The statewide bag limit remains at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit...

Deer-hunting tweaks head new state hunting regs April 11, 2019 Ohio, Outdoornews
... Deer bag limits remain the same for all counties. The statewide bag limit remains at six deer, only one of which may be antlered ...

Mentor sees climb in car-deer crashes April 5, 2019 Ohio, The News-Herald
... the total of deer taken ... 1,588 during six years of management... staff estimated that the deer population was fewer than 15 deer per square mile, as of January 2018 ...

... there were 172,040 deer harvested in the state. That figured represented a significant decline from the 186,247 deer that were checked in by hunters in the 2017-18 season... “The restrictions on public land likely had some impact, but most of our deer are taken on private land, and the private land harvest was only down about four percent,” ..,

 Residents rally to pull deer from Lake Erie March 14, 2019 Ohio, Chronicle Telegram
... able to tie a rope around it and the two men dragged it onto the boat. That’s when they noticed it had suffered a badly broken front leg...  the Ohio Department of Natural Resources doesn’t allow people to have deer as pets, so the only option was to euthanize it...

... “We allow archery hunting in the city with elevated stands. And, they have to go through a process. He kind of side-stepped the issue where he didn't exactly follow the rules." ...

... Said Councilman-at-Large Jason Russell: "I've never been a fan of deer culling. I don't think we should be killing the deer because they ate our hosta or evergreens."  Ward 4 Councilwoman Jane Goodman does not support culling. She said that if people respect deer, particularly during mating season, there is no danger...

The number of buck and antlerless deer tags available is always a complex balance in herd management, and this experienced deer biologist sheds some light on many of the factors involved. - February 21, 2019 Ohio


Ohio Wildlife Council Receives 2019-2020 Deer Hunting Proposals February 14, 2019 Ohio Department of Natural Resources
... Deer bag limits were proposed to remain the same for all counties. The statewide bag limit was proposed to remain at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit...

... The ranger was part of a team working in Hampton Hills Metro Park the evening of Jan. 24 to reduce the deer population ... Walton declined to share details about the incident ... The bullet that hit the ranger came from the weapon of another Summit Metro Parks employee who also was participating in the deer culling ... This year’s deer culling program has been suspended “out of an abundance of caution” ...

Fewest deer harvested in many years February 10, 2019 Ohio, New Philadelphia Times Reporter
... This rivals the 2014-15 season when only 175,745 deer were tagged. We have broken the 188,000 threshhold just once in the last five years. We took over 200,000 deer virtually every year from 2003 to 2014, with the high water mark of 261,314 occurring in the 2009-10 season.  Since then it’s been a steady decline ..,

Deer hunting season comes to quiet end February 8, 2019 Ohio, The Lima News
... weather had an effect on the deer harvest, which wound up being more than 14,000 fewer than a year ago... According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW), deer hunting regulations over the past four seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state... DOW projected the harvest to be up slightly this year...,

... Hunters checked 172,040 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2018-2019 deer season ... details

Gallia, Meigs deer harvest numbers February 4, 2019 Ohio, Daily Sentinel
... Deer hunting regulations over the past four seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state. Herd growth is achieved by reducing harvest and protecting female deer..,

No Kill Deer Hunt a success February 3, 2019 Ohio, Portsmouth Daily Times 
... The No Kill idea was started by local deer farm owner Todd Dunn, who said he needed to tranquilize his herd and remove the horns from his bucks and give them immunization shots...

ODNR closes largest case in history February 3, 2019 Ohio, Zanesville Times Recorder
...  state wildlife investigators seized items including 96 deer and turkey mounts, 35 sets of antlers, more than 200 pounds of filleted sportfish and 400 pounds of de-boned venison and processed deer meat. Nine defendants ...

Two-day deer season numbers way down December 22, 2018 Ohio,
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
... only 9,625 deer were tagged in over the two-day “extra” gun season ... Last year, more than 14,000 deer ... even during the brief stretches of decent weather there wasn’t much shooting going on... the fewest deer that I’ve seen in years...

Holmes County deer hunter fined $28,000 December 21, 2018 Ohio, The Times-Reporter
... pleaded no contest to five charges of illegally shooting a trophy 26-point whitetail buck in Coshocton County ...

Deer numbers plummet during special season December 18, 2018 Ohio, Morning Journal
... Ohio’s hunters checked 9,625 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2018 two-day deer-gun hunting season ... last year’s two-day December deer-gun season, 14,115 deer  ... rainy conditions ...

Parma police rescue deer from icy pond December 10, 2018 Ohio, Cleveland 19 News
...  help a scared deer that had been stranded on the ice for an “extended period of time.”  Eventually they were able to pull the poor thing to safety...

...  Despite enduring some poor weather, hunters in Ohio checked 60,557 white-tailed deer during the 2018 weeklong deer-gun season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Last year, hunters checked 72,814 deer over the same period...

Opening day numbers down for deer November 27, 2018 Ohio, The Lima News
... Statewide, hunters checked in 13,614 deer on Monday, a sharp drop of 8,752 deer, or 39 percent, from last year’s opening day harvest of 22,366...

... Hopefully ... that will turn into in an increase in hunting licenses, which have been declining in Ohio since the 1950s. The annual budget of the Division of Wildlife within the state Department of Natural Resources is largely generated by sales of fishing and hunting licenses and permits...

Shaker council proceeds with Precision on deer management program November 14, 2018 Ohio, The Plain Dealer 
... approved a $55,000 contract allowing a now-retired police officer and his new company to continue the city's deer management program ... Resident Sara Schiavoni continues to question the validity of the city's survey, which she feels is flawed ...

Hunters urged to monitor Ohio deer for disease November 8, 2018 19 Action News 
... Since the disease was detected in January 2018, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is requiring hunters who harvest a deer within the 2018-19 Disease Surveillance Area ... to bring the carcass in to an inspection station during Ohio’s gun s or DSA, easons...

Blue Ash, Ohio - October 25, 2018


...  former Shaker Heights police Lt. James Mariano ... Since his retirement last winter, Mariano has started Precision Wildlife Management LLC. He has submitted an "all-inclusive" [cull] proposal of $55,000, after being talked down from an initial $65,000 offer...

Tama County white, second deer, die as result of their antlers interlocked in battle October 24, 2018 Ohio, Tama News-Herald - Toledo Chronicle
...   The cause of the white deer's death was immediately apparent because its antlers were interlocked with the antlers of another whitetail's... the white deer had been dead for days and the survivor had tried unsuccessfully for days to free himself ...

Milu deer fighting its way out of extinction October 15, 2018 Ohio, USA Today
... known as Père David's deer ... With hooves like a cow and a tail like a donkey ... ... Native to China, the species went extinct [in the wild] in the early 1900's... The largest known population of the Père David's deer in the United States lives at the Wilds, a non-profit safari park and conservation center in rural Ohio...

Archery season kicks off October 4, 2018 Ohio, Marietta Times
... “In 1977, 92 percent of the deer harvest was taken during gun season and only 8 percent was taken during archery season over four months,” he noted. “But 45 to 50 percent of the harvest this year will be taken by archers and only 35 percent will be taken during the seven-day firearm season.”...Mike Tonkovich, the deer program administrator ...

Recent trends indicate 'great' deer season September 22, 2018 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... Barring unforeseen conditions such as bad weather, the numbers should be similar or higher than a year ago... The statewide bag limit remains six ... Only one deer may be antlered..,

Deer ‘stakeholders’ group does due diligence September 21, 2018 Ohio, Outdoornews
... a sea-change from political-boundary management, county by county, to habitat management, or deer-management units. DMUs are the way to go, enlightened, and take deer management out of the Dark Ages. The proposed DMUs can be viewed in a chart in the Stakeholders report ...

  Ohio police rescue deer lodged in between two fences  September 3, 2018 RTV6 Indianapolis
... they were able to move the fence and the deer fled the area ...

ODNR Takes New Action to Monitor Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio's Deer Herd August 31, 2018 ODNR News
As of Aug. 1, portions of Holmes and Tuscarawas counties have been declared a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to monitor Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This designation was made after a deer at a captive white-tailed deer facility in Holmes County tested positive for CWD. In addition, the state has established new carcass rules for hunters who hunt wild deer, elk, caribou and moose in other states...

... sticking out of its head ... Officials believe the arrow went through the deer's left eye and throat area ...

... "You need an ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) permit. And, what needs to be done before anything else is a community survey."  The survey, he said, would tell the city if residents want to proceed with culling, and why, and where deer are gathering ...

... The Ohio Division of Wildlife has officially designated (as of Aug. 1) five townships in Holmes County and two in Tuscarawas County as part of a Disease Surveillance Area after it was found that three deer from a whitetail deer breeding facility in the Sugarcreek area tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease last winter...

... "Siberian musk deer are native to the forests and mountains of Russia and northern Asia," the Akron Zoo says. "Musk deer are small, weighing from 15 to 35 pounds ...

... hunters may enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket for $5... a continuing effort to control deer populations ...

NASA Announces Dates for Plum Brook Deer Hunts July 26, 2018 Ohio, Space Ref (press release)
... “These deer hunts serve several purposes: promoting the health of the herd itself by avoiding overpopulation, insuring the health of those who work at Plum Brook Station and providing a source of recreation to hunters and often, a source of meat for the less fortunate,” ...

... the young female deer first showed up in her backyard with the zip tie a few weeks ago... deer's ribs were visible and she appeared to be foaming at the mouth ...

Siberian musk deer fawn born at the Akron Zoo July 13, 2018 Ohio, Canton Repository
... Siberian musk deer are native to the forests and mountains of Russia and northern ... get their name from the musk that they secrete during mating season... kangaroo-like faces and the “fangs” (large canine teeth) on the males...

... deer climbed through a gate opening, and with barbed wire above the walls, it isn't finding a way out... the DNR ... declined to come out and tranquilize the deer and move it elsewhere ...

Baby deer rescued from West Chester pool June 19, 2018 Ohio, WLWT Cincinnati
... it appeared the mother had brought her baby to the pool for a drink ...

... For Jefferson County, there will now be a reduction in the bag limit -- from three deer per county to two deer per county.  All other county bag limits remain the same and the statewide bag limit remains at six deer...

... Two years ago, more than 50 protestors held signs outside City Hall, then attended City Council meetings in which they let their anti-culling feelings be known. Many of those who protested were upset by the trap-and-bolt method the city was using... looking into the possibility of using a different method ...

Multi-state poaching investigation nets seven indictments March 21, 2018 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
... indictment of seven individuals who allegedly participated in a poaching enterprise of illegally killing deer and wild turkeys that occurred from the years of 2006-2017...

Deer, river otter and bobcat dominate wildlife proposals February 19, 2018 Ohio, Xenia Gazette
... harvest rates of about 34 percent for private land hunters and 14 percent for public land hunters based on deer check data. This lead to a proposed change on public lands to permit hunters to harvest only one antlerless deer from public hunting areas per license year..,

Time to speak up on Ohio wildlife February 17, 2018 MyDaytonDailyNews
... the proposed changes are minimal. Bag limits will remain the same for all counties except Jefferson, which will be lowered from 3 to 2 because EHD significantly reduced the herd ...

Ohio hunters' deer take up February 10, 2018 MyDaytonDailyNews
... Deer hunting regulations over the past three seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state. Herd growth is achieved by reducing harvest and protecting female deer... For the counties in southwest Ohio, McCoy said hunters averaged 5 to 10 percent more deer killed than the three-year average..,

Ohio Wildlife Council receives 2018-19 deer hunting proposals February 8, 2018 Record Herald
... Deer bag limits were proposed to remain the same for all but one county. A reduction in the bag limit from three deer to two deer was proposed for Jefferson County...

Statewide deer harvest numbers increase February 6, 2018 Ohio, New Philadelphia Times Reporter
...  deer hunters checked 186,247 deer throughout the 2017-18 deer seasons. That’s an increase from the 182,169 tagged during the 2016-17 seasons... 

A history lesson on early hunters February 5, 2018 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
... Ohio was mostly heavy forest, but there were prairies here and there with rich grasses and reeds that deer, buffalo, and elk loved, and the Indians burned them frequently to remove growing seedlings and saplings of brush and trees and fertilize new growth of prairie grasses...

Ohio hunters on pace to harvest 188,000 deer February 1, 2018 Outdoor News
... Overall, the current weekly deer kill – as of Jan. 30 – stands at 184,951 animals. That’s 5,072 more deer than were taken for last year’s comparable weekly reporting period (179,879)...

ODNR wildlife division adds K-9 unit January 20, 2018 Ohio, Lima Ohio
...  three K-9 units set to begin work after finishing their 10-week training program in Columbus... rained to recognize and respond to five different scents — deer and turkey, water fowl, certain fish species, ginseng and gun powder...

Chronic Wasting Disease found, but not in wild deer January 20, 2018 Ohio, MyDaytonDailyNews
... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a whitetail buck in a contained hunting preserve in Guernsey County... The animal was transferred from a captive breeding facility in Holmes County just days before it was harvested... The good news is there are no — and never have been — reports of CWD in the state’s wild deer population ..,

CWD case confirmed with ties to Holmes County January 16, 2018 Ohio, Times Reporter
... Just when the mandatory Deer Surveillance Area for parts of Wayne and Holmes counties was set to expire for whitetail hunters, a new case of chronic wasting disease has been discovered out of a Holmes County breeding facility... Since October of 2014, when we first identified CWD in a captive herd in Ohio, over 80 escaped cervids have come into our possession ..,

Toledo, Some question the need for deer cull January 14, 2018 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... “I was seeing herds of deer 15 or 20 years ago, and it’s just not that way anymore,” he said while voicing his objection to the deer culls planned for Side Cut and other Metroparks properties. “All of my neighbors say the same thing. We don’t see that many deer, so it’s hard for me to understand why we need this cull.” ...

Chronic Wasting Disease found in Ohio captive deer January 13, 2018 Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
... The positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Guernsey County ... The animal was transferred from a captive breeding facility in Holmes County just days before it was harvested. Both the hunting preserve and the breeding farm are under quarantine ..,

... South Euclid was among the other suburbs that made up the EWMP, which also included Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Cleveland Heights and University Heights, that each were found to have eight to 15 deer per square mile.  The report lists as an overabundance of deer 10-20 per square mile...

Ohio 2016 Hunt, Top outdoor news for sportsmen from 2017 December 30, 2017
Sandusky Register
...  The 2016-17 final deer hunting tally was 182,169, statistically similar to the previous season take of 188,329. With the statewide muzzleloader season scheduled for Jan. 6-9 and the archery season ending on Feb. 4, hunters have killed almost 164,000 so far this season..,

A full-scale rescue of a deer stranded on the Scioto River this morning ended with the deer being put down. - December 29, 2017 Ohio


Bowling Green, Winter brings prime deer-spotting time December 26,2017 Ohio, Sentinel-Tribune
... "Our deer population in Bowling Green is not at such a level that it's creating anything more than inconvenience issues," like coming into neighborhoods in search of food. Residents can lose some of their plant material in their landscaping due to deer... there are very few deer-car collisions ...

North Canton's unofficial deer park December 18, 2017 Ohio, Canton Repository
... herd of deer call the field between Kmart and Stratavon Drive  ... The Stark County Department of Health hasn’t had any complaints from the city or residents about the deer since July... Not only are people feeding deer, they’re supplying an excessive amount of food...

Bonus deer hunting this weekend December 17, 2017 Ohio, The Star Beacon
... the deer count for Ashtabula County is up slightly. He said the season days were not “apples to apples” this year so the deer harvested was about 150 more than last year but over a longer time period...

No Kill Deer Hunt celebrates 2017 season December 17, 2017 Ohio, Portsmouth Daily Times
 ...What would normally be a routine procedure of providing the animal with annual vaccinations and tending to their antlers, has been adapted and utilized to give a special experience to those who are unable to hunt under regular circumstances.  By using a dart gun ... [Dunn Whitetail Deer Farm]

... Reindeer are just a part of the business model at Jungle Island Zoo, which stays busy year-round renting out its critters for petting zoos, pony rides, and other animal encounters...

Hunting Report December 14, 2017 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... hunters in the Buckeye State have harvested 146,799 white-tailed deer in the state ... 63,966 antlered deer and 82,833 antlerless deer..,

Deer season harvest numbers up so far December 13, 2017 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
... gun-deer season ... hunters reported 72,814 deer killed ... top that of last year when 66,758 deer were reported, by nearly 10 percent..,

 Deer numbers take upward turn December 9, 2017 Ohio, MyDaytonDailyNews
... “Last year the weather was terrible. Opening day was a washout. And when there is a bad opening day, the week usually isn’t very good. ... Yes, we had a good gun week this year, but it was not better than the year before last (73,399)... Dr. Tonkovich, deer project lead biologist ..,

... deer can hear the whistles ... [study by Dr. Peter Scheifele] ... No university study has ever proven whistles prevent deer accidents...

Ohio rescuers working to free deer from plastic pumpkin December 5, 2017 UPI.com
...  the black strap that the kids would hold the trick or treat pumpkin with is wrapped around its ear or its head ... Ohio Department of Wildlife said the deer can't be tranquilized because it's currently deer season and tranquilizing could taint the animal's meat...

Harvest numbers for deer gun season December 4, 2017 Ohio, Gallipolis Daily Tribune
... Across Ohio 72,814 deer were harvested, up significantly from 66,758 in the previous year in the week long gun season... You don’t see the big groups of people anymore, it’s more stand hunters ...

... Hunters checked 22,366 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 27, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)..,

Metroparks receives approval to kill up to 285 deer November 28, 2017 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture specializing in working to resolve wildlife conflicts — is to be paid $28,014...I n the deer kill conducted last January and February, 150 were taken in Oak Openings and 50 were removed from Swan Creek...

... "After a couple of years of tighter restrictions designed to boost the deer population, we've increased the season bag limit in 21 counties for 2017-2018," ... hunters have bagged 37,861 deer, a bit less than the 42,268 taken a year ago when the season total was 188,239...

Metroparks commissioners approve contract for deer kill November 15, 2017 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... again bring in expert marksmen in early 2018 to cull deer ... U .S. Department of Agriculture ... is to be paid $28,014...

Acorn amounts anticipate wildlife conditions October 14, 2017 Ohio, The Courier
... The 2017 acorn mast survey conducted on 37 Ohio wildlife areas indicates a below-average year for white oaks and above-average red-oak acorn production... 29 percent of white oaks and 57 percent of red oaks bore fruit this year... full report 
... "I came around the corner, and the guy came around the corner thinking that I was a deer, and he had his bow drawn on me," said Tomaro..."We're just opening the doors again wide open to strangers, and the possibility of break-ins again." said Maizitis...

Watch for deer this fall October 10, 2017 Ohio, Fairborn Daily Herald
... from Oct.1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, there were 8,839 deer related crashes statewide ...  November saw the most crashes with 4,256 ...

Devastating disease killing deer in droves throughout Middleburg, Berea October 5, 2017 Ohio, cleveland.com
Epizootic (i.e. within its own species) hemorrhagic disease ... killing the deer within two days. The last EHD outbreak in Ohio was in 2012... "It's just as catastrophic right now (in Berea) as in the (Cleveland) Metroparks and, I'm sure, in surrounding cities," ..,

ODNR Continues Plan to Monitor Ohio's Deer Herd for Chronic Wasting Disease October 3, 2017 Ohio Department of Natural Resources
... In 2014 and 2015, 19 captive white-tailed deer tested positive for CWD at a shooting preserve and a breeding facility in Holmes County... Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties will retain their designation as a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) 2015-01 as part of the state’s ongoing surveillance efforts for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)..,

  Police rescue deer with antlers caught in soccer net September 27, 2017 Ohio, United Press International
... The frightened deer ran away multiple times, but officers never gave up. 

EHD, Disease already killed hundreds of deer in Youngstown area September 25, 2017 Ohio, WKBN.com
... Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) ... threatening to wipe out deer across Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania...

Ohio archery season opening amid concerns of EHD September 24, 2017 Sandusky Register
... As of Sept. 18, 11 counties in Ohio have tested positive for EHD, but multiple dead deer have been reported in 29 Ohio counties, including Sandusky County locally... first discovered and identified after being determined to be the cause of the deaths of hundreds of white-tailed deer in Michigan and New Jersey in 1955...

2017 Ohio Deer Forecast September 19, 2017 Game & Fish
... the state this year has a higher population of whitetails compared to a year ago, and predict a rise in harvest rates... When antlerless deer comprise 61 percent of the harvest or less, the deer herd grows. Antlerless harvest that is 61 to 62 percent of the total results in relative stability..,

EHD latest challenge facing deer in Ohio September 16, 2017 Ohio, Times Reporter
... Lorain, Columbiana and Jefferson counties all have had confirmed cases of the disease {epizootic hemorrhagic disease] have been recently confirmed, either in deer or cattle. Rumors about the Jefferson County deer herd being hit hard are flying, but remain unsubstantiated at this point...

EHD, Avon Lake Deer Dies By Strange Disease — Blame The Midges September 11, 2017 Ohio, Patch.com
...  epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) ... The infected deer in Lorain County is the only deer confirmed to have been killed by EHD this year. However, unexplained deer deaths have occurred in Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Ross ...

Deadly disease remains threat to deer population September 9, 2017 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... Since being identified in the fall of 2014 among whitetail deer in a captive herd on a preserve in Holmes County, the fatal disease [chronic wasting disease, CWD] has not been found in Ohio deer, captive or wild..,

...  In late August, the first case of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) was confirmed in both whitetail deer and cattle, for Ohio... EHD cannot be passed from deer to deer..,

Silver Lake to allow bow hunting to reduce deer population September 7, 2017 Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal
... council approved the legislation by a 5-2 vote ... opponents said the deer problem was overblown and that the village should explore options other than killing them... Silver Lake resident Vicky Marimon questioned the need for the deer culling when she hasn’t seen a single deer in her wooded lot for months ...

EHD Confirmed in Two Ohio Counties  August 29, 2017 The Mount Vernon Grapevine
EHD has been confirmed in two Ohio counties – a wild deer in Lorain and a dairy cow in Jefferson – as well as in the neighboring states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia... 

Deer disease EHD hitting local herds August 27, 2017 Ohio, Review
... Wildlife officials from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have confirmed several cases of what appears to be EHD. Some deer have been tested and officials from all three states reported last week that EHD is present...  dead deer found ... with blood coming from its mouth and nostrils, it’s a pretty good bet that the cause of death is from EHD...

EHD Virus confirmed in Ohio Deer and Cattle August 23, 2017 Ohio, Daily Advocate
... The first confirmed case of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) was recently confirmed in both white-tailed deer and cattle ... significant disease outbreaks in Ohio have occurred every five years, the last in 2012... 

Strongsville lowers minimum deer-hunting area from 5 to 3 acres August 1, 2017 Ohio, cleveland.com
... "Three acres will be safe," Police Chief Mark Fender said in an email to cleveland.com. "All parcels that are going to be hunted are inspected by a representative of the chief of police ...

North Canton herd draws attention, concerns July 24, 2017 Ohio, Suburbanite
... The lot is fenced in but the deer are not trapped and can venture outside of the property. That misconception may have driven visitors to begin feeding the animals... “It’s being treated like a petting zoo by some folks,”  ...

Is there a way to control the deer population without killing them? This group hopes so. The Clifton Deer Fertility Control Pilot Program is Cincinnati's first non-lethal deer control program. Volunteers at the non-profit tranquilize and sterilize female deer. Then, deer are given a long-acting pain medication and returned to an area close to where they were captured. - June 29, 2017 Ohio


Ottawa Hills, Deer kill is returning with double the limit June 27, 2017 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Their goal is to kill twice as many as they did last year ... Ottawa Hills Mayor Kevin Gilmore said this year’s count is back up, which is why the village will allow hunters to bag 60 total...

Parma council moves closer to lowering deer control permit fee June 20, 2017 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... council read on second reading an ordinance to lower the deer control permit application fee. It was introduced by Ward 8 Councilman Dennis Kish...

Ohio Data:   About  670,000 deer in 2017 up from abou 640,000 in 2016, 660,000 deer in 2015, and 640,000 in 2014.  Estimated from harvest data and deer-vehicle collisions.   A decline in the 2018 deer hunt partially attributed to weather and restrictions on public land.  A stable trend for the population in 2016 and stable to a slight increase for 2017 and 2018. The ODNR population goal from 2014 to 2017 has been to allow moderate growth,  but below average acorn production was a negative in 2016. To boost the population there was a significant reduction in antlerless permits and reduced deer limits, contributing to the decline in the 2016 hunt results.  Hunting regulations in the four seasons prior to 2018-19 were designed to allow for moderate herd growth given the downward trend since 2009-10.
     About 20 deer per square mile in 2016. The hunting limit in 2016 was six deer total, one buck.  A lower than average mast crop, early harvest of farm crops, and good weather contributed to the increase in the 2015 deer kill. Ohio issued fewer deer permits in 2015 and 2014 as hunters complained that deer have been over harvested.  A 2018 survey put the hunter success rate at about 34 percent for private land hunters and 14 percent for public land hunters.
     The Ohio deer population was estimated at 700,000 to 750,000 prior to the hunting season in 2013 and 2012.  About 515,000 resident deer hunters.  Although ODNR no longer makes a formal estimate, they agree that the deer population declined into 2014 as a result of a hard winter, following a general decline since about 2008.  Coyote predation is also becoming an issue.  About 800,000 deer in 2001. Hunters requested reduced bag limits after the Ohio deer harvest fell by 12.5% in 2013.   The eastern and southeastern forests have matured, reducing deer habitat.  Read the ODNR analysis of deer trends.  About 25,000 captive white-tail deer in over 500 deer breeding farms, 2016.
     Peak of the rut is November 11 to November 17.  Protection of white deer:  Since 1987, when there was a public uproar over a white deer being killed, a deer more than 50 percent white cannot be legally harvested.  10,000 years ago reindeer/caribou lived in what became Ohio.
      Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  The state has been testing for CWD since 2002, the first positive case discovered in a Holmes County hunting preserve in 2014.  When the owner violated a quarantine order by moving deer from the facility, ODA ordered that all 300 deer should be destroyed.  A second deer from the hunting preserve, Wold Class Whitetails, tested positive in March, 2015.   A buck tested positive on a hunting preserve in 2017.
      Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).   Confirmed in August, 2017, in a wild whitetail buck from Lorain County and spreading with intensity to Middleburg and Berea.  Previous outbreak in 2012.  
      History.  White-tail deer were plentiful when Ohio became a state in 1803, but were nearly wiped out by 1904 as a result of uncontrolled hunting and clearing of forests for farmland.  In 1857 Ohio’s government set a season lasting about a month, but without bag limits. Deer were declared extinct in 1909. From 1897 until 1942, there was no deer season in Ohio.  Restocking efforts in the 1920s and 1930s brought deer back to 28 counties by 1937. Hunting resumed in 1943 when 164 bucks were killed.  The deer population was estimated at 17,000 in the early 1970's. By the early 1990's, the herd was thought to be too large so hunting limits were increased, resulting in "fewer deer than we thought" by 1997 when hunting limits were reduced. The herd expanded into the early 2000's reaching about 750,000.  One estimate puts the peak population at 800,000 in 2006. Restrictions were lifted again beginning in 2007, the population has been declining since.  Population estimated at 650,000 in 2005, down from 700,000 in 2004. In 2014 the state moved to a more. county based management.  Around 1980, shotgun hunters took about 90 percent of the deer.  In 2014 about half were taken by bow hunters, including crossbows.  
     Elk  The last Elk in Ohio was reportedly killed in 1840 in Ashtabula County.
     Coyotes first arrived in 1919.
     Bobcats a small breeding population mostly in the southeast.

Other useful links: 
SolonDeer: information about deer management in the city of Solon
AvonLakeDeer.com: information about deer management in the city of Avon Lake
- An Update on the Status of Ohio's Deer Herd
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Division of Wildlife

Ohio Deer Management Strategy: " The goal of Ohio's deer program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunity including viewing, photographing, and hunting while minimizing conflicts with agriculture, motor travel, and other areas of human endeavor. This has been our goal for over 40 years."