Ohio Deer News
Muskingum County sees deer bag limit drop April 16, 2014 Ohio, Zanesville Times Recorder
... the increased number of deer in heavily populated areas is not a good indicator of the number of deer in the wild. He said it’s merely a sign that deer are finding ways to avoid prey... The natural resources department said the new bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties ...

Medina County’s bagging limit reduced for deer season April 14, 2014 Ohio, The Medina-Gazette
... Natural Resources Department officials said the new deer bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties, as the number approaches target levels... The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations...

Spencer, Injured deer apparently makes way back into woods April 11, 2014 Ohio, The Medina-Gazette 
... “We’re just assuming it went back into the woods,” ...
Spencer, Injured doe awaits her fate in Spencer Twp. yard April 9, 2014 Ohio, The Medina-Gazette ·
... she tried for almost two hours to get help for the injured animal, but four calls went unanswered or directed elsewhere.... she called Spencer police, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  "She’s obviously been hit by a car..."

'Canned hunts' call for better regulation April 4, 2014 Ohio, Lancaster Eagle Gazette
... There are 518 such high-fence hunting areas in the state, ranking Ohio fourth in the country for them... At a time when the captive-deer industry is pulling down regulations, it’s time to create common standards to ensure they play by the rules and make sure they are doing all they can to stop disease from spreading...

Willoughby Hills couple keeps track of rare white deer April 4, 2014 Ohio, The News-Herald
... the white deer ... they’ve named Snowflake ... She may be a piebald deer, the color of which is an inherited genetic trait that can produce a slight amount of white hair to almost totally white coats.   Piebald deer are rare, typically occurring in less than 1 percent of the population...

Trophy deer industry means big bucks in Ohio March 30, 2014 Ohio, Chillico Gazette 
... An Indianapolis Star investigation has discovered the industry costs taxpayers millions of dollars, compromises long-standing wildlife laws, endangers wild deer and undermines the government’s multibillion-dollar effort to protect livestock and the food supply...

Local deer bred for hunting ranches March 30, 2014 Ohio, Zanesville Times Recorder 
... the deer business can be lucrative. Fawns sired in 2014 from an in-demand buck, Sudden Impact, sell for $25,000, making them the most expensive fawns on the farm... “We treat them like livestock, but they are still wild,” ...

Deer farming enjoyable for La Rue man March 30, 2014 Ohio, Marion Star
... Allen started Rush Creek Whitetails in 2005, and since then, he has invested time and money into breeding bucks with good genetics and huge antlers. He will sell them to hunting preserves in Holmes County or in southern Ohio...

Local deer farmers raise trophy animals for hunting preserves March 29, 2014 Ohio, Lancaster Eagle Gazette 
... Hutchison has names for his deer and can recognize each one. They come right up to him but run from strangers.  “I can feed him out of my hand,” Hutchison said of one deer. “The bigger the pen, the wilder he gets. You put him in 200-acre preserve today, you might not see him for a month...  “Chronic wasting disease, we don’t see a lot of that here in Ohio.” ...

Other state's deer totals March 24, 2014 Ohio, The Daily Record
... In Indiana, this year's deer harvest was down 8 percent, with just 125,635 deer killed. In Illinois, the harvest was down a whopping 32,000, from 180,811 in 2012-13 to 148,635 in 2013-14.  And although Michigan totals haven't been posted yet, the gun harvest was expected to be off 15-20 percent....  Ohio's hunting is 191,451 deer harvested in 2013-14, down 9 percent from last year ...

Proposal would halt antlerless deer permits in SE Ohio March 18, 2014 Ohio, Marion Star 
... “As evidenced over the past six years of very liberal regulations, the incentive has worked very well,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Scott Zody. “Many of our counties are either at goal or very near it.” ...

Changes made in 2014-15 deer hunting regulations March 17, 2014 Ohio, Limaohio ·
...  The updated bag limit proposal would lower limits in Trumbull County to three deer and Mercer County to two deer. The antler less permit was proposed to be removed from Hardin, Knox and Lawrence counties, where the bag limit remains three deer. Hunters may harvest only one antlered deer in Ohio ...

Florida father, son indicted for Lacey Act violations in Ohio March 14, 2014 Ohio, thegunwriter.blogs.heraldtribune.com 
... The indictment stated the Wainwrights knowingly and willfully conspired and agreed to: engage in conduct that involved the sale and purchase of, the offer for sale and purchase of, and the intent to sell and purchase white-tailed deer, with a market value greater than $350, by transporting, selling, receiving, acquiring, and/or purchasing the wildlife in violation of state and federal laws ...

... They didn't want to kill more bucks or does. In fact, they wanted to cut the season deer limit from four to three, erasing a perception deer were plentiful in Trumbull County because of its higher bag limit....

... "The bag limits might sound OK, but we're seeing fewer deer every season," said Usselman. "A local fellow who owns a farm likes to feed deer. He usually has about 50 or 60 deer come in. This past year, that shrunk to about 30 deer. ...

Helicopter survey identifies 173 deer in Avon Lake March 11, 2014 Ohio, The Morning Journal
... Last year’s aerial deer count came back with an initial count of 153 deer and an overall estimate of 195 to 225 deer. Based on initial results being higher than last year, Zilka said it’s reasonable to assume that there are even more deer inhabiting the city this year...

Coyotes affect deer numbers March 9, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... no studies have been conducted in Ohio on the impact of coyotes, McCoy said research conducted in South Carolina shows a decided impact on fawn survival, though an uneven one.  Fawn survival rates in one part of South Carolina were about 20 percent, “which was poor,” McCoy said. “About 80 percent of the mortality was attributed to coyotes.” ... [in Ohio] it’s been the opportunistic human predator more than the canine version that has reduced the deer population...

2 Ohioans charged with fraud over deer March 7, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... ederal charges that they bred potentially diseased white-tailed deer with other animals across the United States... illegally transported deer from Ohio to Florida and Georgia in 2010. In 2012, he allowed deer hunting at an unlicensed facility in Ohio...

Deer complaints keep wildlife officers busy February 21, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... a hunting without permission complaint ... The deer’s entrails were discovered on the complainant’s property concealed with vegetation. The officers conducted remote surveillance and observed two individuals retrieve the deer the following day...

... Ohio deer hunters and other interested parties are invited to share their comments regarding the proposed 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons and regulations at open houses on Saturday, March 1, from 12-3 p.m., and online at wildohio.com through Sunday, March 2.... Directions to the open houses can be found at wildohio.com or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543)...

ODNR Division of Wildlife announces proposed deer regulations February 15, 2014 Ohio, Xenia Daily Gazette 
... “Last year we moved away from what might be described as “zone management” to a process more closely resembling county-based management. We have reviewed harvest and permit data by county, paying particularly close attention to those counties at or very near goal. We are recommending that the antlerless permit not be valid in these counties...

Deer management, bag limits on table at open houses February 14, 2014 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
... a concerted effort to reduce the size of the burgeoning deer herd that took place from 1993-97 was likely a bit too successful, so by 1997 the state “probably had fewer deer than we thought... The bag limit proposals the council will review reflect the reduction in the deer population that many Ohio counties have experienced ... Ohio deer hunters and other interested parties can also comment online at the at wildohio.com Web site through March 2...

Mayfield, Park-goers find blood at North Chagrin Reservation after deer culling February 14, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer
... As many moms, kids and other park-goers enjoyed 30-degree temperatures Thursday, the snow was stained with what appeared to be blood in several spots near the playground, public restroom and shelter. Animal prints, tire tracks and footprints weaved through the open field to the woods ... "Everybody knows their annual, ugly campaign of killing deer is going on here ...

... the lower deer kill more reflects the number of deer available, rather than the number of hunters. He said the estimated number of deer hunters was 400,000, about the same as in previous years... they have proposed some significant changes for next season... comment at wildohio.com through March 2...

Weather factor in drop in deer kill February 9, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch 
... “We had two significant weather events that occurred during gun seasons,” ...  the season harvest fell to 191,459, a decline of 27,451, or about 12.5 percent, from the 218,910 deer taken in 2012-13... The decline took the total season kill to a number not reached since 2001, when hunters checked 165,124 deer. Since then, the only season in which the harvest finished below 200,000 deer was 2003, when hunters took 197,790 whitetails....

Wildlife officials propose reduced deer hunting for most of Ohio February 8, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch 
... officials are proposing hunting policies for 2014 that would reduce the bag limit in 44 counties, increase them in five counties and keep them the same in 39 counties.  The increases are in northwestern Ohio counties, where the limits were low, but the decreases would affect some of the counties most popular with hunters and those with the highest deer kills in the state ... numbers have declined steadily each of the past several years: ...

... The Ohio deer harvest last season was 191,459 bucks and does, off almost 13 percent from 2012-13 and a big decline of almost 70,000 deer from the 261,260 killed during the 2009-10 season. A smaller deer herd and bitter winter weather shared the blame... The amount of land open to public hunting by coal and timber companies has been in decline for decades...

Avon Lake will mull allowing landowners to have deer killed February 7, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...   The city is considering letting landowners allow deer to be killed on their property.  The proposal, advanced by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, is expected to spark spirited debate among residents ... “If you can show that deer damaged your rose garden, you will be able to apply to the division and get a tag to kill the deer...

Deer-hunting rules proposed February 6, 2014 Ohio, Seneca County Advertiser-Tribune
... Deer hunters and other interested parties are invited to share comments regarding the proposed regulations at open houses noon-3 p.m. March 1 and online at www.wildohio.com through March 2... proposals for deer season dates, changes to deer bag limits and the possibility of allowing some straight-walled rifle cartridges for deer hunting ...

Avon Lake deer control in state’s hands February 6, 2014 Ohio,  chronicle.northcoastnow.com
... the police chief could not find a single parcel of land that met the mandated five-acre requirement, along with permission of the landowner, for the purpose of deer culling... Because of the difficulties finding a solution, city officials agreed to leave deer management to the Ohio Division of Wildlife... A deer census completed in March recorded 153 deer in the city.

...  seasons ended Feb. 2, with hunters checking 191,459 bucks and does over the four-month campaign. It was a major decline from the 218,910 deer killed in 2012-13. ... The Ohio counties with the largest deer harvest tis season were: Coshocton (6,270), Tuscarawas (5,774), Licking (5,711), ...

Ohio deer season closes with more than 191,000 deer harvested February 3, 2014 circlevilletoday.com 
... Ohio hunters checked 191,459 white-tailed deer during the 2013-2014 hunting season for all implements...218,910 deer during the 2012-2103 hunting season ... decline in the deer hunter harvest comes following several years of liberal bag limits and deer regulations, which helped bring Ohio’s white-tailed deer population closer to target levels...

...  the city has been unable to take immediate action toward the deer because the areas where the majority of the deer congregate ... are off-limits to culling... because of the culling portion of city legislation, Zilka said the city also has been rejected for a contraceptive study by Tufts University... 

...  The wily coyote has infiltrated all of Ohio’s 88 counties since its arrival in the Buckeye State in 1919... Gehrt confirmed that coyotes do feast on Ohio’s popular white-tailed deer, but generally only at specific times of the year. The deer-hunting season is a bonus for them, providing dead and wounded deer and gut piles left by hunters....

Dates for deer culling shouldn’t be secret January 27, 2014 Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal 
... Akron attorney Robert Glass believes that, in some cases, proximity to a park could be fatal...  “deer management,” also known as “killing deer with guns to keep the population down.” ... When Glass called the park system to complain, he was told no advance notice is necessary because safety is not a problem... the culling is done after dark, in freezing temperatures, when there are few people who want to be in the Metro Parks ...

Ohio Considers Increase in Nonresident deer permits January 26, 2014  The Daily Record
... The increase is aimed at non-resident deer hunters only, with the proposal upping the hunting license to $149 and either sex deer permit to $99 for a total cost of $248. That's a total increase of $101.  The amount is still under similar trophy deer hunting states, including Illinois, Iowa and Kansas...

Solon deer culling program hasn't seen complaints this year January 23, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Though deer culling objections have surfaced in Parma and Broadview Heights this week, Solon’s once-controversial deer culling program hasn’t seen complaints this season. ... Opponents of deer killing created the Solon Deer Preservation Act, which was put on the 2011 ballot. The measure lost by 62 percent...

... In 2010, the majority of the city voted to not allow hunting... Since there have been rumors that the issue might be put back on the ballot, the Broadview Deer participants who attended the meeting voiced their concerns....

Cleveland Metroparks beginning region-wide deer culling January 20, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Since its inception in 1998, the program has been a lightning rod for the strong opinions of supporters and opponents ...  teams use noise suppression devices [hunting with silencers over bait] ... since 1998 ... the program has taken 4,849 deer... Lucy McKernan of Seven Hills, an outspoken opponent of lethal culling, said Friday that contraception is blocked by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources because licensed hunting is a revenue source for the state...

Deer numbers down from last year January 18, 2014 Ohio, Courier 
... Until recently, deer populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were well above their target numbers... many hunters say they have spotted fewer deer during their hunts.
 They’re right, according to the Division of Wildlife...

... The Cleveland Metroparks are beginning to use sharp shooters to kill deer in the West Creek Reservation for the first time... The park system has been culling deer at its facilities since 1998, and in 2012 rangers killed 319 deer ... 

... Hershberger's book, "Chainsaws and Big Bucks" ... "It is important to have a variety of trees that range in size and age. The right mixture, mainly oaks but also maples and other hardwoods, will give the best cover and bedding for the deer." ...

Four-day deer muzzleloader harvest lowest since 1999 January 12, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch 
...  the 2014 total fell 23.6 percent from a year ago, when 21,555 whitetails were checked. The kill was 19,251 in 2012 and 17,375 in 2011...

Man Rescues Deer from Frozen River January 11, 2014 Ohio, Fox8.com
... I noticed that there was a deer that broke through the ice, and it was struggling to get out of the water,” Maitino said... The video from Jared’s camera shows him making a lasso with the ratchet straps...

Over 16,400 deer shot in Ohio muzzleloader season January 10, 2014 Akron Beacon Journal 
... The state says more than 185,000 deer have been bagged so far during the 2013-2014 hunting seasons. Deer-archery season is open until Feb. 2....

Ohio deer-hunting season coming to a close January 4, 2014 Ohio, WLWT 5 
... Hunters have harvested more than 167,000 deer so far in the 2013 hunting seasons, including the weeklong gun season in December...

Mentor deer management program expanding December 31, 2013 Ohio, News-Herald.com
... An infrared flyover count in the city’s northeast quadrant three years ago revealed 33 deer per square mile. The citywide goal is 10 to 15 deer per square mile. [recommended deer densities] ... City staff is tracking deer-vehicle crashes in the target areas.  “The numbers for the deer deterrent areas are still too new to draw any conclusions,” Mikash said. “We have 10 years of deer/vehicle accident data, but only two months of deer deter data for comparison.... It cost the city about $100,000 ...

$27,000 deer case not over December 31, 2013 Ohio, Sandusky Register
... State game officials said the buck was worth $27,851 because of its unusually large rack of horns and pressed Risner to pay the bill, saying he’d lose his hunting and fishing license until he paid up... Appeals judges ... writing that nothing in the law prevents ODNR from seeking the restitution...

Facts, figures and foolishness surround Ohio deer season December 27, 2013 Ohio, Piqua Daily Call
... 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... About two-thirds of Ohio’s deer hunters come up empty in a given year... 

Ohio hunters bagging fewer deer December 26, 2013 Marion Star
... The numbers of deer killed during Ohio’s week-long gun season decreased again this year, continuing a trend that began in 2008 ... Fewer deer to harvest and fewer deer hunters ... The Division of Wildlife has been systematically reducing deer numbers in counties with high populations... 

Settlement assures Ohio woman's wild pets will be home for the holidays December 24, 2013 National Catholic Reporter 
... the settlement prohibits her from rescuing more wild animals, it means Deyo’s beloved friends -- Trooper and Patch, fawns she nursed back to health from serious injuries in the wild a few years ago; and the four abandoned baby raccoons she adopted -- will remain at her home under her care...

Hunters Harvest Nearly 219,000 White-Tailed Deer in Ohio in 2012-2013 December 23, 2013 Ohio, thevillagereporter.com 
... Hunters harvested 218,910 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2012-2013 hunting seasons for all implements, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters checked 219,748 deer in 2011-2012 ... 

Local history: Great Hinckley Hunt of 1818 was a slaughter like no other December 20, 2013 Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal 
... Nearly 600 “able-bodied men and large boys ...  form a continuous line on the four sides of the township, and, at a given signal, advance toward its center, killing, shooting and slaughtering all game that came within reach.” ... Hunters climbed up into the branches and fired down into a stream bed where the last remaining beasts had taken refuge... killed 21 bears, 17 wolves, 300 deer and untold numbers of turkeys, foxes and raccoons... [December 24, 1818]

Ohio’s game checking system baffling some hunters December 21, 2013 Ohio, Gallipolis Daily Tribune
...  Check the game by calling 1-877-TAGITOH, or going online at wildohio.com and following the links on the Wild Ohio Customer Center, or by visiting an authorized license sales agent. You’ll have to do that by noon the following day or by 11:30 p.m. on the last day of a season. You’ll also have to provide some information to access the site and check your game...

Deal allows Knox County woman to keep pet deer, raccoons December 18, 2013 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch 
... Carol Deyo lived for nearly a year with the fear that the state would seize and destroy the two deer she saved from serious injury and raised from fawns.  On Monday, the state unexpectedly agreed to drop its two counts of possessing wild animals ... “I took the attitude that we had to win this some way or other,” said Deyo ... “We have to teach children compassion...

... For the third year, the city has entered into a sharpshooting contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... a record 602 deer being killed by private sharpshooters with White Buffalo Inc. in the winter of 2005, at a cost of about $207,000, followed by 400 deer taken in 2006, at a cost of about $191,000...

Deer Santa: Hunter shares his passion in Christmas lights December 17, 2013 Ohio, Chillicothe Gazette
... a lighted Santa Claus in a tree in front of his home, only the jolly Christmas character appears to be holding a compound bow instead of a bag filled with presents.  A string of moving lights leads from Santa’s bow to a lighted deer on the front lawn, the implication being Santa is shooting an arrow at the deer ...

... Habitat loss and unregulated hunting in the early 1900s had essentially eliminated deer from the state... By about a decade ago, the Ohio deer herd was likely pushing close to 800,000... Tonkovitch said that in many parts of Ohio, the deer populations are still in excess of the management goals ...“We make decisions based on what is going on across hundreds of square miles,” ...

Trooper the deer is safe December 17, 2013 Ohio, examiner.com 
... For almost a year, the fight was on to allow Carol Deyo to keep Trooper, the deer she had cared for since his leg was sliced off by a hay cutter... on Monday Saving Trooper announced the good news on their Facebook page ... All charges are to be dropped and Carol gets to keep the animals...

Smaller deer herd angers some hunters December 15, 2013 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch 
... Counting all hunting seasons ... some 205,000 to 220,000 deer will be removed from the landscape by Feb. 2, the final day of the archery hunt, the Ohio Division of Wildlife has forecasted. The lower end of that forecast would represent a decline from the two previous seasons. The season harvest was 218,910 a year ago and 219,748 in 2011-12.  The high point in harvest came during the 2008-09 season when 261,260 whitetails were tagged. It’s been downhill since ...

18 state workers sought pay while deer hunting, report says December 13, 2013 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... employees of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife got paid for hunting deer, an investigation released today charges... Some of the wildlife officers harvested as many as three deer on state time in the period covered by the probe, 2009 to early 2011...

County-by-county deer gun season results show 13 percent decline December 12, 2013 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Hunters have harvested 162,720 deer so far in the 2013 hunting seasons, compared to 171,867 at the same point last year, a 5 percent difference.  Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were well above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward their goal...

Van Wert, Deer-gun season totals down December 11, 2013 Ohio, Times-Bulletin 
... Van Wert County... Only 214 deer were harvested locally, compared to 290 deer in the 2012 deer-gun season. That was the trend across the state ... Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio's counties were well above their target numbers...

... Delaware County hunters checked 393 white-tailed deer from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, a nearly 37 percent decline from the 2012 haul during the first week of gun season....

Deer harvest down in season December 10, 2013 Ohio, Newark Advocate
... Ohio hunters shot 75,408 deer during deer-gun season, 11,556 fewer than last year ... Deer yields have declined every year since 2008, when more than 116,000 were checked during gun season...

... the on-going effort to seek an overall reduction in the state's deer herd through a newly established county-by-county strategy is beginning to pay off, says Mike Tonkovich, the Wildlife Division's deer management .. the all ready liberalized ground rules for killing deer in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties. “But these two counties do have me scratching my head [rising population].” ... just as perplexing is the monstrously steep drop-off in the firearms deer-hunting season kill in Lake County, which abuts Ashtabula County...

Tuscarawas County second in state in deer kills; Coshocton first December 10, 2013 Ohio, New Philadelphia Times Reporter
... Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio's counties were well above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward their goal. Once a county's deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population near that goal...

3 Ohio deer hunters killed during gun season December 10, 2013 Akron Beacon Journal 
...  Three Ohio deer hunters were killed during the weeklong gun season — the first killed since 2009, state officials said... Hunters have taken a total of 162,720 deer so far this year, compared with 171,667 at the same time in 2012...

Ohio deer harvest down, but Stark hunters buck trend December 10, 2013 Canton Repository 
... Although state numbers decreased, Stark County figures for Dec. 2 through Sunday increased by about 6 percent. Jamey Emmert, a spokeswoman for the ODNR's Division of Wildlife ... Ohio also logged record total harvests of more than 200,000 for several years in a row that couldn't last.  "You can only do that for so long before you start to see an impact ...

22,620 deer taken on opening day of Ohio's deer-gun season December 9, 2013 thehighlandsun.com 
... Approximately 420,000 hunters were expected to participate in this year’s season. So far this season, hunters have killed 109,932 deer compared to 113,107 at the same point in the season last year ...  Progress toward reducing locally abundant herds closer to target levels is expected and strides have already been made in reducing deer herds in many counties that are above their targeted levels....

Deer-gun season numbers fall short of 2012 opening day December 8, 2013 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch 
... The opening-day count on Monday was 22,620 whitetails, a decrease of 22.8 percent from the 29,297 deer reported on opening day in 2012. A wet opener in 2011 delivered 23,600 deer to hunters one year after an opening-day kill of 39,071... 

...  in Northeast Ohio, Lake County's firearms season deer hunters are falling way behind from the numbers they posted to-date in 2012... Of Ohio's 88 counties, some 83 continue to reflect to-date declines in numbers of deer shot ... Lake County's to-date deer kill total has shrunk by a staggering 41 percent... In Geauga County ... the decline is 5.45 percent...

Fewer deer taken so far this season December 6, 2013 Ohio, Fremont News-Messenger 
...  the number of hunters in woods and fields and the number of whitetail deer being taken is down this year.  “I thought this weather would put a lot more people in the field,” said Gino Barna, Ohio Division of Wildlife ... Statewide, the total deer harvest is down 27.42 percent, at 124,292...

Fewer deer harvested on opening day of Ohio firearm season December 6, 2013 Ohio, Toledo Blade ·
... Earlier this year, the white-tailed deer population in Ohio was estimated at about 750,000 animals. Wildlife biologists expect some 80,000-90,000 deer will be harvested and checked in during the current firearms season. In 2012, Ohio hunters took more than 87,000 deer during the gun season... Hunters checked 22,620 deer on opening day of the seven-day gun season, down from the 29,297 that were checked on opening day of the previous year...

Opening-day deer harvest down from 2012 December 5, 2013 Ohio, Logan Daily News 
... So far this season, hunters have harvested 109,932 deer compared to 113,107 at the same point in the season last year, which represents a three-percent difference... Progress toward reducing locally abundant herds closer to target levels is expected .. Ohio hunters checked 218,910 deer during the 2012-2013 season...

Deer season starts slowly December 5, 2013 Ohio, Times Bulletin
... Across Ohio, the number of deer taken on the first day of deer-gun season was down by nearly 7,000. In Van Wert County, the number of deer checked in Monday was down considerably over 2012. Only 42 deer were taken in the county as opposed to 76 on the first day of the season last year.  The season runs from Monday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 8, and plenty of hunters will be out all week - around 420,000 are expected during the week in Ohio...

...  statewide deer harvest numbers for the opening day of gun season were down almost 23 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. Hunters brought in 22,620 deer on Monday, a decrease from 29,297 on opening day in 2012... While still popular in Ohio, hunting licenses have been on a downward trend nationally in recent years...

Deer gun season opens in Ohio December 3, 2013 WLWT 5
... Ohio ranks fifth in the total number of resident hunters, totaling just over 515,000 ... Around 80,000-90,000 and deer are expected to be harvested in Ohio this week...

Hunters go from woods to web after harvesting deer December 3, 2013 Ohio, Youngstown Vindicator
... , local businesses found that many of their customers, who used to check their deer on site, are now choosing to do it online... “It kind of hurts the entrepreneurs that are out there trying to make a business,” ...

... The man, whose name hasn't been released, was found dead in a tree stand Monday morning in Coshocton County ...

Watch out for deer December 2, 2013 Ohio, Cincinnati.com
... In 2012, nearly 21,000 deer-related vehicle collisions occurred statewide, resulting in 1,013 injuries and six deaths... 

Biologist says deer’s health is matter of public safety December 1, 2013 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... Although state wildlife officials no longer estimate the numbers of Ohio’s white-tailed deer herd, a few years ago it was estimated at more than 700,000... Throughout the year, random roadkill deer are tested for chronic wasting disease ... In 11 years of testing, no case has been found in Ohio...

...  Young hunters checked 6,645 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s two-day youth gun season ... Youth hunters could pursue deer with a legal shotgun, muzzleloader or handgun ...


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Ohio Data: Ohio deer population estimated at 700,000 to 750,000, prior to hunting season in 2013 and 2012.  Although ODNR no longer makes a formal estimate, they agree that the deer population has declined into 2014 as a result of a hard winter, following a general decline since about 2008.. About 800,000 deer in 2001. Ohio deer harvest in 2012 was 218,910; 2011 was 235,000; compared to 261,314 in 2010 and 252,017 in 2009. Ohio Department of Transportation picked up 15,000 deer from roads in 2011, compared to 18,000 in 2010. The Ohio Division of wildlife goal is to reduce deer populations in counties above population goals.  The deer population has declined during the past few years.  Deer management has been reorganized by county instead of hunting zones.  Some hunters have argued that farmers are using deer permits to slaughter deer for fun.
   White-tail deer were plentiful when Ohio became a state in 1803, but were nearly wiped out by the early 1900's as a result of uncontrolled hunting and clearing of forests for farmland.  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.  Restrictions were lifted again beginning in 2007.

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