Ohio Deer Population:  An estimated 660,000 deer in 2015, up from about 640,000 in 2014.  Estimated at about 725,000 prior to the hunting season in 2013 and 2012.  About 800,000 deer in 2001.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Ohio deer harvest data and news archive.

Ohio Deer News

... checked 66,759 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2016 deer-gun hunting season, Nov. 28-Dec. 4 ... Last year, hunters checked 73,392 deer ...
     Local deer numbers are down December 5, 2016 Ohio, Morrow County Sentinel
... Hunters checked 18,776 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 28, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season ... In 2015, 22,253 deer were reported the first day of the deer-gun season ...

Deer management is a balancing act December 1, 2016 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
... In recent years, biologists have been using farmer and hunter surveys to help set goals for managing the herd  ... One thing is very clear. The huge number of deer that roamed the Ohio landscape a few years back will never be back. That’s a management fact ... 

Deer population stable in Ohio November 30, 2016 News-Herald.com
... a stable deer population in Ohio means the bag limits for 2016-2017 will remain the same as 2015-2016.  “The current regulations are designed to promote modest herd growth,” ... “We are seeing approximately 20 deer per square mile,”  ...


Ohio's Deer-Gun Season Opens with more than 18,000 Deer Harvested November 29, 2016 Ohio Department of Natural Resources
... Hunters checked 18,776 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 28, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). In 2015, 22,253 deer were reported the first day of the deer-gun season...

Timbering in state forests vital to wildlife and economy November 29, 2016 Ohio, Cincinnati.com
... The Ruffed Grouse Society ... strongly supports timber harvesting in Ohio’s publicly owned forests...  the creation of new growth, early successional forests or young brushy woods... supports populations of deer and wild turkey ...

... “When one area has noticeably less deer than it did in years past, I put some of the blame on the predators,” Vetell said. “I’m seeing a lot of coyotes ... Plus, we’re always pushing out into the country, building houses in what used to be habitat. It makes sense we would see less deer.” ...

Chronic wasting disease still an issue in Ohio November 26, 2016 Lancaster Eagle Gazette
... In October 2014, chronic wasting disease was found among the captive deer population at a hunting preserve and breeding facility in Holmes County, with 19 deer testing positive for the disease, according to the ODNR. Deer had escaped from the preserve into the surrounding area ...

... In 1971, 74,709 hunters bought deer permits and harvested 3,831 deer... Liberal hunting regulations allowed a half million hunters to set a record in 2010-11 with a harvest of 239,475 deer... 

... It's sickening hearing the guy who owns the vineyard accross the street, doesn't allow hunting because of the "liability" but is issued 30 deer permits, shoots them, cuts out the back straps lets the rest lay...

... During last year’s youth gun season, 7,223 white-tailed deer were checked...

... The legal deer hunting within the city limits has already produced a number of incidents with permitted hunters shooting the animal and the animal disappearing or dropping on property on which they have no permit to hunt...

Wildlife management may be determined by your perspective November 20, 2016 Ohio, Sandusky Register
... The last decade saw a disproportionate amount of change, largely due to a failure to respond to a rapidly growing deer population in the early 2000’s... the effort and decisions arrived by the DOW are geared toward keeping the deer population stable...

Weather could affect youth deer hunt this weekend November 19, 2016 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... Most of the decrease in the deer harvest to date can be traced to antlerless deer. Through Monday, hunters checked 28,638 antlerless deer, fewer by 2,809 than the 31,447 checked during the same period a year ago. Some of that difference might be a function of hunter preference, but more likely the cause can be traced to restrictions on the use of antlerless permits...

Avon Lake renews agreement for deer cull; goal is 70 this year November 15, 2016 Ohio, Chronicle Telegram
... an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to hire sharpshooters to kill deer on public property.  City Council approved spending up to $43,966 ...

What Are Antlers Worth? November 14, 2016 Ohio, Outdoor Life Magazine
...Ohio sets the minimum replacement value of an antlerless deer at $500. At that valuation, the state’s whitetail herd, which is estimated at 750,000 head, would be worth more than $400 million. Adjusting for the value of bucks, the actual figure is in the billions, making wildlife one of Ohio’s most valuable resources, at least on paper...

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Hunters are setting up kill zones in Cincinnati Parks, part of a program to thin deer populations. But many people, including mothers, nannies and children, have no idea their children are playing near sites where arrows are flying in the forests. - October 10, 2016 Ohio


Deer-gun season opens Nov. 28 November 9, 2016 Ohio, Putnam County Sentinel
... The statewide bag limit is six deer. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location... Hunters harvesting deer within DSA 2015-01 are required to bring their deer to a carcass inspection station for disease testing...

Disease Surveillance Area remains for deer season November 7, 2016 Ohio, Outdoor News
... Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties will retain their designation as Disease Surveillance Area ... Since October 2014, 19 captive white-tailed deer have tested positive for CWD at a shooting preserve and a breeding facility in Holmes County... CWD has not been detected in the nearly 1,000 wild deer tested ...

Ottawa Hills deer hunt has smooth start November 6, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Longtime Ottawa Hills resident Michael Eisenstodt has been a vocal opponent of the hunt since it was first discussed in 2009. He contended the deer aren’t a nuisance and pointed to a decline in aerial deer counts as evidence the population already is in check. A January count placed the deer population at 36, nearly half as many as the 75 deer tallied in January, 2015...

The myth and science of deer mating season October 29, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... biologists say that the dates when breeding occurs are set in order to give the fawns born about 200 days later the best chance to grow strong and survive... Everything is tied to daylight length, the photo period ...

Avon Village Board targets growing population of deer in village October 28, 2016 Ohio, The Livingston County News
... Of the 351 responses, 65 percent said overpopulation of deer in the village of Avon was a problem and they would like the village to do something about it... The village board is considering amending an ordinance which prohibits hunting within the village to allow for permit-controlled archery hunting ...

Eastlake seeks solutions to deer problems October 16, 2016 Ohio, News-Herald.com
... Landscape damage, along with the threat of increased deer/vehicle collisions, are two of the main worries voiced by Eastlake residents ... considering is to allow archery-only deer hunting within the city...

Ohio Deer Forecast for 2016 October 11, 2016 Game & Fish
... Tonkovich’s prediction for this year’s deer hunting? “In spite of the bump in harvest last year, I’m still expecting a 4-6 percent increase in both deer population and harvest this year.” ...

... There are now over 500 deer-breeding farms in Ohio — with an estimated 25,000 captive white- tail deer ...

... after 19 captive white-tailed deer from a shooting preserve and a breeding facility in the area tested positive for CWD, starting in 2014... Fearing the disease could spread to the wild herd, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife biologists and staff, with the assistance of local landowners and hunters, have tested almost 1,000 wild deer ...

Monitoring for Deer Disease Continues in Northeat Ohio October 6, 2016 Ohio, WKSU News
... Chronic Wasting Disease, as it is called, destroys deer’s brains by introducing prions ... the captive deer that had this disease were inside the fence, these prions actually get into the soil through feces, saliva ...

... In a legislative maneuver virtually unprecedented in the state of Ohio, the Seven Hills City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that effectively circumvented a referendum that would have asked residents to vote on the legality of bowhunting in the city. ...
     Seven Hills council passes deer ordinance October 4, 2016 Ohio, cleveland.com
... At a special meeting Oct. 3, city council unanimously passed the ordinance allowing bow hunting of deer on at least 2.25 acres of contiguous properties ...

Shaker Heights, Opponents to Shaker Heights' deer culling program speak out at City Council meeting October 3, 2016 Ohio, cleveland.com
... This came on the heels of protests staged the previous weekend ... Anna Soref ... argued that averages of 10 deer per square mile are on the lowest threshold of what would be considered a nuisance... [well below the normal range of a deer problem, see the research]

... here will likely be an increase of 5-10 percent in the Ohio deer harvest this season from last season... a result of rebounding deer numbers ... 

Shaker Heights, Residents protest Shaker Heights deer culling September 24, 2016 Ohio, fox8.com
... The demonstrators said Shaker Heights, which has about 10 deer per square mile, is not overpopulated... They also argue mass killing of deer causes overpopulation because of higher birth rates and more food...

Hunters start tracking September 24, 2016 Ohio, Marietta Times
...  they are expecting more than 150,000 deer to be checked this year.  Last season, hunters in Ohio checked 152,444 deer and they harvested 148,821 in 2014... 

Ottawa Hills, Controlled bow hunt all set for Ottawa Hills September 23, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... The hunters each have paid a $100 fee to take part in the hunt ... In last November’s election, voters in the village approved the often controversial proposal to consider holding a cull hunt ... After going down to defeat in 2010, the measure was approved voted 58 percent to 42 percent...

Why did deer collisions go up in Ohio last year? September 19, 2016 Ohio, WCPO
... The increase might be simply a result of people driving more: The Ohio Department of Public Safety found a 7-percent increase in overall crashes last year compared with 2014. And the Federal Highway Administration found Ohio drivers logged more miles ...

Ohio's deer-season harvest could reach 200,000 September 18, 2016 Columbus Dispatch
... The use of antlerless permits continues to be limited. A single antlerless permit may be used in four-deer counties ... Because of the recent regulatory tightening, moreover, deer populations in some counties have rebounded somewhat, Tonkovich said. As a result, the 2016-17 deer kill might increase as much as 5-10 percent from a year ago...  
... Wild pigs compete for food such as acorns with native wildlife including deer, turkeys and squirrels... the swine can even eat the young of large mammals such as deer and cattle ...

Missing deer cause for concern in Holmes City September 8, 2016 Ohio, Outdoor News
... “The unknown status of 40-44 quarantined tagged deer are a big concern of ours,” ... Tests on hundreds of deer formerly owned by Yoder did not detect evidence of CWD after the contagious brain disease was detected in two of his captive deer, one at his hunting preserve and one at one of his breeding farms...

Metroparks informs council on kills September 7, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Metroparks of the Toledo Area plans to have sharpshooters kill deer in two more parks this winter following controversial deer kills ... Councilman Rob Ludeman said he opposed the idea, in part because the presence of deer at Swan Creek attracts people to the park. “The proposal is to target mothers in the winter time, which is when they are pregnant,” ...

Beautiful 2016 piebald fawn and mother. Watch as the mother protects the young fawn from a curious yearling


Avon Lake City Council discusses deer, coyotes  August 16, 2016 Ohio, The Morning Journal
...  70.7 percent of those reported the deer population had increased over a five-year period. Another 70.7 percent said that they would like the population to decrease, according to Shondel.  “As far as lethal control, again about 70 percent agreed with control ...

ODNR offers special deer hunts on state scenic river properties August 15, 2016 Ohio, Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
... special archery deer hunts at seven locations that border three of Ohio’s State Scenic Rivers through local lottery drawings...  have seen very little hunting and should offer good sporting conditions...

Area residents charged in huge wildlife case August 12, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... extensive criminal activity that included poaching white-tailed deer and the illegal sale of venison ... At least 20 individuals from the Toledo area are among a group of defendants that could eventually include more than 40 ...

Deer poaching couple convicted August 9, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland 19 News
... a wildlife officer found several poached deer ... five illegal bucks ... several packages of deer meat ...

...  there are about 100 deer in the area within Edison Woods, and that is the goal for the hunt. ... a lottery drawing will be held for adults only to participate in a deer gun hunt ... Applicants need to clearly print their name, address, phone number, birth date and whether you are mobility impaired ...

cleveland.com
... Residents will once again have the opportunity to voice their opinions on the deer hunting ordinance at a meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 10  ... 

Ottawa Hills,  Ottawa Hills covers every detail for deer hunt July 26, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
 ... The target quota for the hunt is 30 deer ...15  randomly selected hunters ... 
     Deer hunt to proceed beginning on Sept. 24 July 13, 2016 Ohio, ToledoBlade.com
 … A lottery system will select hunters who must then pay a $100 fee after being selected ..."The voters said to draft plans to cull deer with a bow and arrow ..."
     Ottawa Hills council authorizes 2016-17 deer cull July 11, 2015 Ohio, 13abc Action News
... The village will issue a total of 30 permits for bow hunters...  One woman told council that the leftover deer will only have more babies ...

Bay Village City Council passes resolution on deer July 7, 2016 Ohio, Westlake  Bay Village Observer
... the resolution encourages the City to collaborate with the ODNR to develop a safe and effective “Comprehensive Deer Population Management Plan” and an associated budget. Key elements of the plan and budget are expected to include surveys to document the size of the herd, assessments of the herd’s effect on the city’s ecology ...

Mentor might add Sunday deer hunting hours June 30, 2016 Ohio, The News-Herald
... Council was asked to add the Sunday option after the program’s first year, but rejected the notion. Council President Janet Dowling recalled that officials were trying to be sensitive to those against the program, and she suggested that the question be asked as part of a planned citizen survey... n 2012, the city funded an aerial flyover using infrared technology and found 33 deer per square mile ... 

... Residents will have a chance to express their opinions about the deer culling process at a public meeting to be held in August...

Bay Village City Council once again discussing deer issue June 14, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... "Half our residents think there is a deer problem and the other half think that there isn't," said Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland... an area that's large enough for culling?  ... "I'd rather sustain the damage to my hostas than in any way danger our residents," ...

... "After making a call to his friend that knows about deer, he gently picked up (the deer) and moved her to safety where the momma could see her."  watch the video

Some outdoors crooks make agents earn pay June 5, 2016 Ohio, MPNnow.com
... The city of Avon Lake, Ohio, was conducting a deer culling program, but for several months dead deer carcasses with arrow wounds were also turning up... with a possible lead and some really good police work, the rest of the investigation panned out. Adam Petrella, 26, and Andrew Smith, 25, were charged with several hunting violations and animal cruelty...

... One of the possibilities is an immunocontraceptive that would be shot into does with a dart...  Mayor Patrick Ward is working with resident Barbara Bruck and the Humane Society of the United States ... If the darting of deer were to take place, it would be a first in Ohio ...

While walking in the park we came across this beautiful deer. - May 292016 Ohio


Avon Lake, Deer survey available for residents in Avon Lake May 19, 2016 Ohio, The Morning Journal
... a deer control survey ...  the survey was requested by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources... 

Deer Damage Complaint Procedure May 18, 2016 Ohio,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources
... In situations where deer damage is currently occurring, a landowner/lessee can request assistance on techniques to help deal with the damage experienced ... These permits allow permittees and their approved shooters to kill an agreed upon number of deer during the dates and under the conditions specified on the permit...

... Of six Greater Cleveland communities where voters in March approved bow hunting of deer, four introduced deer-hunting legislation last week. The communities are North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Parma and Strongsville. Parma Heights is still discussing bow-hunting legislation ...

Ottawa Hills, Bid to kill deer denied May 4, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... ODNR ... explained why a summertime type kill would not be productive.  “It is critical to remove female deer from the population to have a decline in the population ... This time of the year is not ideal to identify bucks from does... if shed bucks are misidentified as does, the effort will not be nearly as effective…”

Parma council takes next steps in deer control legislation May 3, 2016 Ohio, cleveland.com
... Residents will soon have the right to allow bow hunters on their property to cull the deer ...

Two Ohio Deer Poachers Convicted May 3, 2016 Ohio, Ohio Valley Outdoors
... two large bucks illegally killed by the duo. A 17-point buck killed by Petrella gross-scored 166 4/8 inches and cost Petrella $7,687 in restitution. A 22-point buck killed by Smith gross-scored 194 2/8 inches and cost Smith $15,079 in restitution...

Poaching wildlife May 2, 2016 Ohio, highlandcountypress.com
...  affirmed the court of appeals’ judgment that the law permits ODNR to file a civil action to recover the restitution value even though it had seized the deer’s meat and antlers as evidence during the criminal investigation and was awarded possession of that evidence as a result of a conviction...

Lyndhurst, Despite rationalizations, deer trap-and-kill remains inhumane May 1, 2016 Ohio, cleveland.com
... Lyndhurst Mayor Patrick Ward ... persists in believing methods used to kill deer were needed to placate complaining residents ... My understanding is that approximately 55 complaints were received in a city of 14,000 residents.  Hardly representative of the majority the mayor and council are sworn to serve...

All Tranquil Timbers Hideaway trail cam videos for April 10- April 16, 2016 have been edited and combined into this video. All dead air has been removed. A refined compilation of Hocking County wildlife. - April 28, 2016


Avon Lake, Two plead no contest in Avon Lake deer poaching April 20, 2016 Ohio, Chronicle-Telegram
... Property owners in the city are allowed to shoot deer with archery equipment and the city has also hired sharpshooters to kill deer at night on public land. Neither Smith nor Petrella was a landowner ... ordered to pay $7,684 in restitution and perform 80 hours of community service ...

...White-tailed deer hunting season changes include moving the two-day gun season to Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, and muzzleloader season to Jan. 7-10, 2017...

Avon Lake, Committee OKs Avon Lake's 10-year deer plan April 14, 2016 Ohio, Chronicle-Telegram
... Since last March, 99 deer were killed .. 85 by sharpshooters on public land and 14 by archers on private property...  the city intends to continue using sharpshooters ... over the next 10 years...

Brecksville, Parks work together to meet goal of thinning deer herds April 8, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Cleveland Metroparks began lethal culling in 1998 ... This year, Cleveland Metroparks rangers bagged 469 deer in 10 of the park system's 18 reservations... 
... A 2013 estimate indicated that the 33,000-acre park near Brecksville had about 1,700 deer. Prior to the cull, there was about 40 deer per square mile. Officials say they hope to cut that number in half. [The target deer population in Delaware is 40 deer per square mile.  Research about deer density]
     
Metroparks staff to host forum April 2, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... The idea to have occasional public forums was among the suggestions that were offered during board discussions about the controversial deer cull in February at Wildwood Preserve and Oak Openings Preserve...

... My clients are discouraged, because it's difficult to make plant choices ...  ruined a $500 weeping cherry tree.... Kate Smith has addressed council twice on the matter including Monday, when she said that deer culling only causes the population to rebound later...

Lyndhurst, City's deer management program result of years of discussion: Mayor Patrick Ward, Lyndhurst March 27, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... After much discussion, our city was granted a permit by the Division of Wildlife to cull a small number of deer by trap and euthanizing... In total 13 deer were culled ... The total cost of the program was $4,500 – including processing the meat to be donated. ... [$346 per deer]

Woman plans rally to oppose Vienna wild-animal hunting preserve March 23, 2016 Ohio, Youngstown Vindicator
... A Youngstown woman is planning an April 4 rally outside of the township trustees meeting to bring public awareness to a wild-animal hunting preserve proposed for the former Candywood Golf Course on Scoville North Road ... 

... A local golf course is in the process of turning the course into a wild animal hunting preserve... If approved, animals like deer and elk may be brought in for hunters to kill... “They cannot go out into the wild and capture the deer and put them into the preserve, which is illegal.” ...

...  the Wildlife Division vetted hunters’ opinions, but not until it actually thought out what would be peachy-keen hunting season dates... two years ago when at the Wildlife Division’s Deer Summit in Akron the agency all but said that the Mid-October two-day/weekend antlerless-only deer-hunting season was the best invention since sliced bread... that season was really burnt toast ...

... citizens voted to legalize bow-hunting of white-tailed deer to buck overpopulation on Tuesday. The vote passed with 62% in favor... The vote is advisory ...   
     Issue of bow-hunting deer passed by voters in 6 Northeast Ohio communities March 17, 2016 fox8.com
...The issue of bow-hunting deer was passed Tuesday in all six Cleveland suburbs that placed it on the ballot... It will be up to leaders in each city to come up with specific terms of the bow hunting ...

Seven Hills Deer Culling March 17, 2016 Ohio


Wildlife officials crack down on poachers March 14, 2016 Ohio, The Courier
... Over 70 wildlife officers and investigators converged Saturday in northern Ohio ... Officers seized antlers, deer meat, deer tags ... allegedly used in connection with the illegal sale of deer meat, improper use of landowner hunting tags, hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle ...

Medina trying to control deer population March 14, 2016 Ohio, Medina County Gazette
...“When you cull a herd, within one to three years the herd re-creates,” Lamb said. “The city of Solon in 2003-04 killed 1,000 deer. It cost them $500,000. In 2006, they had to cull the deer again because it had completely regenerated.” ...

... the procedure followed led to the killing of 13 deer ... The mayor said it cost the city $345 per deer killed in the past month... former Walton Hills councilman William Allen ...  spoke of the screams from the deer and of how three men had to wrestle to the ground the deer -- already injured from its struggle to free itself -- before putting a bolt into its head...

Parma, Voters to weigh in Tuesday on how to thin deer herds March 11, 2016 Ohio, WKYC-TV
... Next week voters in Broadview Heights, North Royalton, Parma, Parma Heights, Seven Hills, and Strongsville will weigh in ... vote would be non-binding ...

... Unlike a number of Northeast Ohio communities that are turning to bow hunting ... Medina is asking its residents to cooperate in a citywide effort to make its streets and back yards less hospitable ... Special Legislation Committee outlined a three-pronged approach to managing deer. It includes monitoring the deer population, educating the public, and offering a community survey for those experiencing property damage...

After years, Elk could return March 8, 2016 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
... When the first pioneers reached Ohio they found a good sized elk herd waiting... assessment determined that there are some areas in Ohio where the habitat could support a small number of elk (400 or less) ...

Lyndhurst, Residents again picket Lyndhurst City Council meeting March 8, 2016 Ohio
... protester Elaine Turner had asked if Lyndhurst had considered doing what is being done in Mentor, a method called Deer Deter signs ... The trap-and-bolt method in question involves trapping a deer in a metal cage, then shooting a bolt into its head.... A determination has yet to be made if further deer will be culled...

... voting on an amendment to allow deer hunting with either a crossbow or longbow in their cities March 15... "I was an avid bow hunter for over 30 years," Montville said, "and although I no longer hunt, I have to agree about finding a solution to the deer population problem. Residential bow hunting may not be the best solution....

North Olmsted, State Ok's North Olmsted deer culling permit March 3, 2016 Ohio, West Life News
...  received permission from Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials to conduct deer culling with police snipers ... “It’s not something where they’re going to do it once and be done,” ...

Cayahoga, Residents in 6 Cuyahoga County cities will vote on deer hunting March 15  March 1, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Six Greater Cleveland communities ... will ask voters March 15 if they would support bow hunting of deer... The vote is advisory only ... An east-side deer study found as many as 37 deer a square mile. [the state of Delaware target 40 per square mile in deer habitat, other examples]

Lyndhurst Deer Protest - February 27, 2016 Ohio


Hunters can sound off on deer regulations February 25, 2016 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
...Open houses give the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fishing, hunting and trapping regulations with the ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. For Ohioans who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at wildohio.gov. An online form will be available until March 6...

Final deer harvest numbers are in February 22, 2016 Ohio, Galion Inquirer
... Hunters checked 188,335 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2015-2106 deer season ... Last year, 175,745 deer were checked ... To help stabilize deer populations, bag limits were reduced this year, and antlerless permit use was eliminated in most counties....

Ohio teemed with game in 1800s February 22, 2016 Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
... When Ohio became a state in 1803, there were still plenty of black bear, wolves, deer and wild turkey... whitetail deer, especially around the prairies, marshes and more open areas, were thick. Since hard money was rare and difficult to come by, many early settlers depended on deer skins as currency ...

Ohio Data:   About 660,000 deer in 2015 and 640,000 in 2014 estimated from harvest data and deer-vehicle collisions.  Goal for 2016 of modest population growth achieved by a significant reduction in antlerless permits.  About 20 deer per square mile in 2016.  A lower than average mast crop, early harvest of farm crops, and good weather contributed to the 7 percent the 2015 deer kill.  In both years Ohio issued fewer deer permits, hardly any doe permits as hunters complained that deer have been over harvested. Ohio deer population estimated at 700,000 to 750,000, prior to 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.  Down about 27% from 2009.  The eastern and southeastern forests have matured, reducing deer habitat.  Read the ODNR analysis of deer trends.
      The state has been testing for chronic wasting disease 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.
      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.  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.  Peak of the rut is November 11 to November 17.  In 2016 about 25,000 white-tail deer on 500 deer farms.
     Coyotes first arrived in 1919.  The last elk in Ohio was reportedly killed in 1840 in Ashtabula County.

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
- Compassionate Ohio, facebook page of group supporting rehab of deer 
- 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

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