Ohio Deer News

Ottawa Hills approves plan to help residents keep deer away July 6, 2015 Ohio, 13abc
...  heftier fines for residents who violate the deer feeding ban...  the controversial idea of a controlled bow hunt has yet to be decided...

... Options on the table include: killing deer, sterilizing them and giving them birth control, North Royalton Law Director Thomas Kelly said.  The cities plan to put a regional plan on the municipal ballots next spring...

... The Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association tried to force the state to take the lead on managing deer ... Instead ODNR will instead give the cities direction on how to best control the deer population ...

Ohio, Michigan both battle CWD threat June 28, 2015 Toledo Blade
... This highly contagious and fatal disease wrings the life out of the animal on its way to destroying the brain... Deer with the advanced stage of CWD will exhibit bizarre behavior by losing their fear of man, and they will often display awkward head movements and tremors as they waste away.  The most recent flash point in Ohio on the CWD front occurred in Holmes County, where a private, fenced trophy deer hunting operation ...

... Trooper's Bill for Deer Sanctuary and Rehabilitation has been filed and has been assigned a number! It is HB267, sponsored by District #68 Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl...

Decision for the White-Tailed Deer Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio June 23, 2015
... The selected action will utilize an adaptive management strategy. Under the selected action, the NPS will continue current park deer management actions including: Research, monitoring, and data management; protection of restoration plantings; education and coordination; and enforcement of the existing wildlife feeding ban. In addition, the NPS will incorporate a combination of lethal and nonlethal actions to address high deer density. Lethal actions (including sharpshooting, with very limited capture/euthanasia if necessary) will be taken initially to reduce deer densities quickly. It is anticipated that in years one
through four, 335 deer will be removed by sharpshooting ...

Ohio kills 510 deer for disease concerns June 17, 2015 Cincinnati 
... The deer were owned by Daniel Yoder, who was arrested in Holmes County in February on two counts of tampering with evidence — a third-degree felony — related to an investigation into how chronic wasting disease came to his property and spread...

Ottawa Hills, Petition to put Ottawa Hills deer cull on November's ballet moves forward June 16, 2015 Ohio, Toledo News Now
...   on the ballot in November ... In 2010, a referendum was put on the ballot to keep a deer cull from happening... 

Lottery for Summit Metro Parks bow hunting June 17, 2015 Ohio, Twinsburg Bulletin
... Through seven previous seasons of the archery program, participants have taken a total of 572 deer...

Avon Lake adds deer sharpshooting site June 11, Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... “When (the sharpshooters) do some significant baiting for a month or two, we’re going to attract the deer on the west side,” ... Cost is one factor influencing city officials’ decision to use lethal force ... Another factor is that sterilized deer live longer than non-sterilized deer [said Ward 2 Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch.  There is no data to support this assertion.  See research on the use of sterilization in San Jose, CA.  About a 20 percent reduction in the deer population in each of the first two years of the study]

South Euclid Council to discuss ... deer study June 8, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer ·
... a December infrared airplane survey that counted 12 deer per square mile. Eight east-side suburbs split the $54,000 cost of the study ... [low deer density]

... Establish a wildlife management program, which would offer suggestions on how to keep deer off of and away from residential properties.  Crack down on deer feeding...  a controlled bow hunt ... "Culling deer causes a rebound effect and more deer will populate," ... Read the full report from the Wildlife Management Task Force [PDF] ...

Readers sound off on best ways to keep deer off their lawns June 2, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... plant flowers and plants that are deer resistant ... goldenrod, black-eyed Susan, blazing star, wild quinine, smooth penstemon, lavender hyssop, cream false indigo, bearberry, butterfly weed, lanceleaf coreopsis, marigolds, cosmos, daffodils and iris...


North Olmsted considers allowing sharpshooters, bow hunters to kill deer May 28, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... Residents turned out at a public hearing in October to argue against allowing residents to bow hunt on private property. Now, with the encouragement of City Council, Glauner came back Tuesday with amended legislation that would allow police sharpshooters ...

Avon Lake plans no deer culling over the summer May 22, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Earlier this year, city-hired sharpshooters and bow hunters killed 19 deer ... Those against the deer population maintain the animals eat their gardens and destroy shrubbery and cause car accidents...

Avon Lake looks to expand deer culling May 20, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... USDA sharpshooters killed 16 deer at Weiss Field and volunteer archers killed three deer ...  15 were found to be pregnant ...  $8,557 for sharpshooting services, storage of killed deer and processing of venison. [$450 per deer including the archers]

... A southern Ohio lawmaker has reintroduced a measure into the Ohio General Assembly that would allow an individual on active military duty, while on leave or furlough, to hunt deer or wild turkey without procuring a deer or wild turkey permit...

Roadkill doesn't just disappear... May 13, 2015 Ohio, Athens NEWS
... deer are the most common animal he picks up off the side of the road, but that he regularly picks up dogs, cats, coyotes, foxes and other smaller animals too ... rarer or more protected species' carcasses are picked up by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources... On rare occasion, the animals are still alive on the side of the road after being hit by a car...

Deer activity up, drive carefully May 9, 2015 Ohio, Cincinnati 
... New deer births in the Spring cause deer to be more active ...  most car accidents involving deer do occur in November and December ...

... The procedure, which is reportedly less invasive than spaying of cats and dogs, permanently prevents pregnancy and estrus cycles in does... Feinberg sees fewer fawns and neighbor complaints about browsing significantly dropped. According to Feinberg, does that are not pregnant or lactating require less food. She also says there are very few new deer coming into the area because the sterilized does continue to maintain their home ranges...

Compassionate Ohio seeks fawn rehab centers May 8, 2015 Ohio, Times-Leader 
... group is keeping its mission to provide rehabilitation for Ohio's fawns going well into the spring season. Members of Compassionate Ohio, a group formed after a tame deer, Bucky, was killed last summer in Clarington ...

Avon Lake, Costs of Avon Lake deer cull less than expected May 7, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... an initial service agreement with the USDA to spend up to $15,960 for sharpshooting services, but the actual cost came in at $8,557 for the 19 deer that were killed ...  more than $450 per deer ... A total of 696 pounds of venison was donated ... roughly $12 per pound...

Oh deer! A warning for NE Ohio drivers May 5, 2015 Ohio, 19 Action News
... white-tailed deer movement is expected to rise in May and June. ... "As white-tailed does are preparing to give birth to fawns, their year-old offspring are scattering to find their own territories, sometimes entering areas they wouldn't normally," ... 

... Wildlife officers killed the three deer that escaped ... The officers didn’t need to shoot the deer, Morrow said, because they were right across the street from his home. His immediate neighbors are familiar with his animals getting out and said he doesn’t believe his deer carry any diseases...

Deer Hunting Changes April 24, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... from the stance of our current situation, eliminating the antlerless only tag is the best hope for quickly strengthening the numbers of our overall herd... because a single buck will mate many does ...

Another case of CWD found April 23, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... a second captive deer herd after tests on a dead white-tailed deer from one of Daniel Yoder’s two breeding farms was confirmed positive for contagious fatal chronic wasting disease... , a Holmes County judge ruled there was enough evidence presented at a preliminary hearing Feb. 18 to have a grand jury review criminal charges filed against Yoder...

Ottawa Hills, Voices heard on deer issue in Ottawa Hills April 21, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
...  fifth and final public meeting ... The task force plans to submit recommendations to Village Council in about a month...

... Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting proposals prepared by ODNR Division of Wildlife ... Reduce bag limits in most counties, and remove antlerless permits in all but 10 counties. No county had a bag limit increase...  Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six ...

... City officials made that decision after an aerial count found six deer per square mile in Cleveland Heights, the lowest count among eight east-side communities that took part in the survey... Pepper Pike, which had the most deer, 37 per square mile, among the eight communities, has already announced that it will start a culling program ...

Shaker Heights appoints task force to address deer population April 13, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Leiken appointed the task force as a response to a recent aerial count of deer .... Davis Aviation, using an infrared camera, spotted a total of 693 deer in those cities... Shaker Heights -- although the survey found it had the second-lowest number of deer among the eight communities -- needs to take action because residents are increasingly complaining about deer eating their plants and flowers ...

Ohio Wildlife Council approves 2015-2016 Hunting Regulations April 11, 2015 The Morrow County Sentinel
... Deer regulations have been trending toward reduced bag limits and restricted use of antlerless permits in recent years... Deer population goals will be revised this summer through a random survey of hunters and landowners. Participants in the survey will have the opportunity to provide input about the future of deer management in Ohio...

White tail deer bag limits decreased by OWC April 10, 2015 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum 
...  A reduction in white-tailed deer bag limits and antlerless permit use during the 2015-2016 hunting seasons were among regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council ... Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six...

Deer season proposals change once again April 9, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... To appease Ohio’s sportsmen, the Ohio Division of Wildlife has once again rearranged its deer-hunting proposals ....  Gone is any mid-October gun season, either for youths or for those sportsmen and women devoted to muzzleloading guns if the Ohio Wildlife Council approves of such changes...

...  major changes in the Ohio deer hunting seasons after complaints from sportsmen around the state that the herd had been over-harvested ...

Cleveland Metroparks culling claims 405 deer April 8, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... ' 2015 deer-culling program is over, having taken 405 deer ... Last year the Metroparks took 287 deer ...  there appears to be a growing consensus among public officials in favor of using lethal means to manage deer populations...

North Olmsted considers sharpshooters to kill deer, after count finds 241 in city   April 4, 215 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... The survey showed an average of 20.6 deer per square mile. [commonly considered to be a healthy deer density] ... The city may consider using sharpshooters to kill deer ... "I think the most important thing is to have the discussion," ...

Avon Lake, Deer moving out of Avon Lake? The latest low count has mayor skeptical April 3, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... A count of deer in Avon Lake done by helicopter on March 8 showed 139, a figure adjusted to 178 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ... In 2013, the first helicopter survey came up with an adjusted of 196 deer. In 2014, there were 221... The deer killing programs are controversial, dividing the town... the city will have spent about $6,000 to kill 20 deer...

Second Ohio white-tailed deer tests positive for deadly brain disease April 1, 2015 cleveland.com
... The first positive test ever for CWD in Ohio was from a deer killed Oct. 22 at Yoder's hunting preserve, World Class Whitetails. The second positive result came a few days ago while testing another Yoder deer that had died...

Ottawa Hills, Oh, deer March 30, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Ottawa Hills has a wildlife management task force that is looking at culling as well as nonlethal methods to address complaints from residents. The task force appears to be leaning toward culling ... Some communities in other states have successfully managed invasive deer populations by growing unappealing plants and encouraging widespread fencing. Before Ottawa Hills turns to shooting, these strategies are worth close examination...

Public input leads to possible changes with deer hunting March 29, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The juggling of the muzzleloader, gun and youth seasons might seem significant in terms of their impact on hunters. The impact in terms of managing Ohio’s deer population, however, should be close to zero, said wildlife biologist Mike Tonkovich, the division’s deer project leader.  “There’s no biology involved,”...

... As part of the plan, night-vision-equipped sharpshooters hired through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will kill deer that have been lured onto city property near a wooded area that has been cordoned off ... a homeowners' association can also kill deer on their own property by applying for a deer-damage permit from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, which inspects the property and decides if deer are damaging plants or gardens ...

... An aerial survey of eight east-side Cleveland suburbs found as many as 37 deer per square mile and 693 total. [the state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat] ... options for lethal control are slim, given the density of people and houses in the inner-ring suburbs...

Pepper Pike announces deer culling program, after aerial survey March 26, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... an aerial survey that shows the city is home to 37 deer per square mile... Pepper Pike plans to use archers to kill deer, and only on private properties where owners allow it. The city used a captive bolt gun to cull deer years ago, but halted the program when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources outlawed the method...

Ottawa Hills, Village panel considering all options to control deer March 23, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
... “We put together a standards subcommittee and found that the standard should be between 15 and 20 and we heard that from the nature conservancy that that is a healthy amount of deer,”  [U.S. Forest Service research puts an optimal at 15 to 28 for a forest, a suburban area can support more deer] ... Village councilmen had voted in late 2009 to hire a firm that specializes in selective deer-killing to thin the deer population...  However, opponents gathered enough signatures to place the matter on the November, 2010, ballot...

Ohio hunting regulation proposals amended March 23, 2015 Ohio's Country Journal 
...  The newly proposed dates ... are Jan. 9-12. Comments about these seasons as initially proposed showed that a season the day after Christmas caused conflict with family and travel plans...

Prison ahead for illegal deer trafficker March 22, 2015 Ohio, Great Lakes Echo
... a 21-month prison term and a $125,000 fine... 12 charges in connection with his Valley View Whitetails breeding and high-fence hunting ranches in West Liberty, Ohio, and Live Oak, Florida ...

The cat-deer connection also affects humans March 22, 2015 Ohio, Goerie 
... peer-reviewed study published in the journal Eco-Health found that a large percentage of white-tailed deer in the Cleveland area is infected with toxoplasmosis ... When one animal, say a human, eats an animal, say a deer, which has tissue cysts, and tissue which contains the cysts is eaten, the human becomes infected.  Ironically, it is very unlikely that a person would be infected from a cat ...

... Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen joked that he was advising local deer that there are openings for nine transfers into Avon Lake, since the city killed nine deer in Weiss Park last week.  
"None wanted to take us up on it ...

Ottawa Hills, Deer debate continues in Ottawa Hills March 16, 2015 Ohio, 13abc 
... using hunters in Ottawa Hills was met with some strong opposition...  the village turned down hunting in the village 5 years ago ...

Drone use in hunting is illegal in Ohio March 16, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News 
...  flying a drone over a woodlot to search for deer the day before a hunt is legal. But flying that drone over the woodlot to spot and intercept deer while hunting would be illegal...

Avon Lake, Initial deer cull at eight in Avon Lake March 14, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... The city’s first culling operation at Weiss Field on Thursday night resulted in sharpshooters killing eight deer...

Avon Lake, Deer culling begins at Weiss Field in Avon Lake March 13, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Two sharpshooters, who the city paid the U.S. Department of Agriculture $15,960 for ... they will shoot at Weiss Field and the city landfill on weekdays in the evening until the 20 deer tags he provided are reached... [$798 per deer]

Avon Lake, Deer culling draws controversy in Avon Lake March 13, 2015 Ohio, 19 Action News
... if it's not a problem for us, why is it a problem for everyone else?" asked Herb Iglinski, who lives across the street from the city park at Weiss Field... "They haven't given a chance to doing something else, maybe birth control ...

Charges in CWD case head to the grand jury March 12, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... A Holmes County judge refused to dismiss felony charges of tampering with evidence against the operator of a private hunting preserve resulting  from an investigation of deer suspected of being exposed to fatal chronic wasting disease...

Avon Lake deer cull starts today at Weiss Park March 12, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Councilman David Kos, 4th Ward, was the only member to vote against sharpshooting. He said Wednesday that he feels culling at Weiss Field, on the western end of the city, will do little to address the areas most affected by deer... $15,000 spent, almost $1,000 per deer, to kill deer in a park area where we kind of want the deer to be ...

White deer find home at Cambridge's Deerassic Park March 11, 2015 Ohio, The Daily Jeffersonian 
...  because of their unique coloring deer farmers began specifically breeding the pigment-less deer... "They don't have the best genetics," Dyer explained. "They have a lot of internal health issues with their livers and lungs. "Their lifespan is a lot less than a regular deer ...

Avon Lake votes to allow deer culling via sharpshooters March 10, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... All but Ward 4 Councilman David Kos voted yes to the legislation.  Council also passed a motion for Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka to sign a deer management proposal to issue 30 deer tags from the Ohio Department of Wildlife... 

... The city has hired Precision Helicopter of Cleveland to fly over North Olmsted in a grid pattern, searching for deer... "That will give us an idea of where the deer are and where we have problems. We don't know if we have 50 or 500." ...  paying $3,000 for the service.  [the city is evaluating the need for an urban hunt]

Ohio Division of Wildlife open houses slated for March 7 February 28, 2015 Gallipolis Daily Tribune
... Public open houses will be held Saturday, March 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at all district offices... 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. The online form will be available until Sunday, March 8.

Planned 2015-16 Ohio bag limits are included by deer period February 28, 2015 Beacon Review
...  the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s deer-hunting proposals for subsequent season remove the use of antlerless permits in all but ten urban counties, reduce bag limits in most counties, and reduce the statewide bag limit from nine whitetails to six... 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Deer Culling Plan Approved February 27, 2015 Ohio, ideastream.org 
...  it cites a 1990 study that showed more than half of relocated deer died within a year after release [see a 2008 Texas study showing that ""reasonable survival rates can be achieved." ... the Park Service's Environmental Impact study indicates 41 deer per square mile in the park, the target deer population for Delaware is 40 deer per square mile, although in the interview in this story they are now claiming 50 deer per square mile]

Firefighters rescue deer from icy pond in Colerain Township Fenruary 27, 2015 Ohio, WLWT Cincinnati
... “They got a rope around the front of the deer, his legs, and they were able to use some 2x4s and leverage him against the edge of the ice ... They were able to use that to lift the deer out of the pond.” ...

Man pleads guilty in deer-selling case February 27, 2015 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... illegally selling and breeding deer ... a sentence of 21 months in prison, a $125,000 fine, 200 hours of community service  ...

... The Ohio Supreme Court now must decide whether a Huron County man should have to pay nearly $28,000 to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for hunting on private property without permission...  Risner challenged the additional payment, saying ODNR had already taken possession of the deer carcass...

Cuyahoga, National Park Service OK's sharpshooting of deer in Cuyahoga Valley National Park February 25, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... sharpshooters will be used early on to quickly reduce deer densities ... the park has about 41 deer per square mile. The optimal number is 20. [a much wider range is suggested by research]

... $15,960 to hire sharpshooters to kill deer in the city-owned Weiss Field... the city hopes that at least 15 deer will be killed...  an earlier council action that allows city residents to use bows to hunt deer on their own property ... The deer controversy has divided this affluent community ...

The great deer hunting debate February 20, 2015 Ohio, Ohio's Country Journal
... Comments on the proposed regulations are welcome at the statewide Open Houses on March 7 ... A reduction in bag limits and antlerless permit use, as well as a shift in the youth season during the 2015-2016 hunting seasons, were among regulations proposed ...

Avon Lake, Deer shooters in Avon Lake’s sights February 19, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Members of the city’s Safety and Environmental Committees on Thursday approved amending an ordinance passed in July that allows residents to apply for municipal deer control permits through the Ohio Division of Wildlife... authorizes spending up to $15,960 on sharpshooting services ...

Proposed 2015-16 Ohio deer season includes smaller bag limits February 15, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch
... proposals for next season eliminate the use of antlerless permits in all but 10 urban counties, reduce bag limits in most counties, and cut the statewide bag limit from nine whitetails to six ... 

Ohio's Deer Summit concerns tallied and quantified by the numbers February 14, 2015 Outdoors with Frischkorn
... only 160 people total took the time ... Licensing fees for out-of-state hunters and the widely held belief these fees are too low... the widely held belief that bag limits on deer as they exist now are too high/liberal...

... Ohio Auditor Dave Yost recommended yesterday that the state charge more for fishing and hunting permits ... The changes could generate more than $8.3 million in annual returns and $3.9 million in one-time savings ... Raising the nonresident deer permit from $24 to $38 would raise $254,175 a year ...

... Deer regulations have been trending toward reduced bag limits and restricted use of antlerless permits in recent years. Proposals to reduce bag limits and adjust hunting seasons work to stabilize deer populations.  Deer population goals will be revised this summer ...

Summit crowd complains of too few deer February 12, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... the wildlife division is well aware that the state’s deer herd is smaller, even much smaller than what it, landowners, sportsmen, and other stakeholders saw a decade or two ago... several attendees would recite  ... “I hunted the gun season/the early doe-only muzzleloading season/the statewide muzzleloading season/the archery deer-hunting season and I never saw an animal.” ...

... Hunters would be allowed to kill six deer this season — not nine — under proposed statewide regulations. Many hunters think six is too many. Farmers disagree.  ... he proposed hunting changes reflect a shrinking deer population, said John Windau, spokesman for the ODNR ...

Deer farm owner arrested after alleged quarantine break February 12, 2015 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
... The owner of a Holmes County deer farm where chronic wasting disease was found has been charged with two felonies for allegedly trying to hinder an investigation into violations of a state-mandated quarantine...

Avon Lake, Lorain County communities take another look at ways to control deer population February 12, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal
... Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka signed legislation allowing citywide, year-round application for deer damage control permits ... only two people in the city of almost 23,000 people have requested the permits ... They took a total of three deer ... Avon Lake City Council will consider a plan to use sharpshooters to cull deer at Weiss Field at Moore and Webber roads...

Whitetail numbers take a predictable drop February 10, 2015 Ohio, bcsn.tv
... As wildlife biologists have tweaked the bag limits and permit numbers in recent years in a concerted effort to reduce the size of the state’s deer herd, those measures have brought about a continuation of a downward trend in harvest numbers... Bag limits were reduced in 46 of Ohio’s 88 counties for the recently concluded season, and permits to take antlerless deer were no longer available in 29 counties ...

Whitetail numbers take a predictable drop February 10, 2015 Ohio, bcsn.tv
... As wildlife biologists have tweaked the bag limits and permit numbers in recent years in a concerted effort to reduce the size of the state’s deer herd, those measures have brought about a continuation of a downward trend in harvest numbers... Bag limits were reduced in 46 of Ohio’s 88 counties for the recently concluded season, and permits to take antlerless deer were no longer available in 29 counties ...

... Many American farmers have switched from growing crops to starting captive deer breeding operations on their land... Chronic Wasting Disease recently turned up for the first time in Ohio, on a hunting preserve. The disease was traced to a number of captive deer breeding operations in Pennsylvania...

Deer season numbers are lowest since 2001 February 8, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... Hunters checked 175,745 whitetails during the 2014-15 hunt ... The record, unlikely to be broken soon, occurred in 2009-10, when hunters tagged 261,314 whitetails... The wildlife division has yet to blame coyotes for the tumbling deer population, though the fact that there’s no closed season on coyotes says plenty about how welcome they are on the landscape...

Deer disease turns into political issue February 7, 2015 Ohio, Limaohio 
... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ... drew numerous questions at the Wildlife District Two deer summit ... The Ohio DOW used to regulate deer farms, but politicians decided in 2012 to pass legislation giving that authority to the ODA ... deer preserve owner Daniel Yoder has drawn the ire of the ODA. He simply disregarded a quarantine order and moved deer from one preserve to another farm...

... The Cincinnati Park Board has a culling program that involves closing the park to the public and allowing trained bow hunters to kill deer... One proposal calls for deer to be injected with birth control, which could cost anywhere from $20 to $300 per deer. The other plan would involve sterilizing female deer, which could cost $1,000 each ...

Ohio hunters check more than 175,000 deer February 2, 2015 Ohio, WKYC
... The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters checked 175,745 deer during all 2014-2015 hunting season ...

Hunters say that now there’s not enough deer in Ohio February 1, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch 
... most of those who took the time to speak shared one view: The deer population has dwindled to the point of hurting the hunt... Hunters killed more than 261,000 deer during the 2009-10 season after tagging about 252,000 the season before. The kill has dropped annually since, from 239,400 in 2010-11 to 191,400 in 2013-14...

...  five deer summits conducted by the Division of Wildlife (DOW)... only 23 people attend the summit... Much of Ford’s presentation is included in a DOW booklet called Quality vs. Quantity: A Closer Look at Deer Herd Condition Trends in Ohio. A pdf of the booklet is available on the DOW website ... 

... This year Ohio hunters harvested 170,000 deer, this number down from the record set in 2009-2010 with 261,260 harvests...

End Captive Deer Hunting [Ohio Petition] January 31, 2015 Ohio, ForceChange
...  In Ohio alone there are currently more than 500 captive deer hunting facilities. These operations allow hunters to kill bucks and doe with little effort and are often very lucrative for the owner. Captive deer farms also play a role in spreading a chronic wasting disease between herds, an issue that must be halted before it becomes too serious...

Population Model January 29, 2015 Ohio, OhioSportsmen.com
... critics have claimed that using the antlered buck harvest to trend populations is outdated, inaccurate and just plain bad science... First, for those that argue we should be using these [helicopter] surveys to estimate deer populations all across the state – it took us 3 days to cover 100 square miles. There are almost 45,000 square miles in the state and quick math reveals that would take us roughly 1,350 days to survey the entire state [DOW biologist Clint McCoy] ...

Hunters lament drop in deer numbers January 28, 2015 Ohio, Marietta Times
... The number of deer harvested during the first 116 days of the season in Washington County is down 10.5 percent from last year, slightly worse than the 8.8 percent statewide decline...

Avon Lake keeps targeting deer problem January 27, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... councilperson John Shondel, chair of the Environmental Committee, announced the city is looking into the option of hiring sharp shooters to cull the city's growing deer population... the city could hire the United States Department of Agriculture's sharp shooters who would kill the deer on city property...

Cleveland, An easier method than culling deer at Acacia Reservation January 26, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland 
... Acacia's own newsletter announcing the deer culling states how they've already used wire fencing to protect new plantings and allow them to "grow unimpeded."  Isn't it easier (and cheaper for taxpayers) to just erect the cheap wire fencing around other new tree plantings? ...

... Mike Tonkovich ... in charge of managing Ohio's white-tailed deer...  herd is shrinking by design, and Tonkovich's job was to explain to a full house of 90 sportsmen why that is a good thing... take a fresh look at deer population goals again this spring, surveying both farmers and hunters  ...

 ... ODOW deer experts designed the most recent hunting season to cut back the harvest and maintain a stable deer population after years of record success. The result will be a total harvest of about 170,000 bucks and does, down from 191,459 a year ago and far below the record 261,260 deer killed in 2009-2010...

... the Ohio Senate failed to vote in December for compassion. Sandwiched in HB490 was a small part of Trooper's Law. That part would have provided a legal option for Ohio citizens this spring as to how to deal with injured or orphaned baby deer. It wasn't everything, , but it was a start. The bill passed the House but the Senate didn't vote. They also rejected the option of removing deer sanctuary and placing it on another bill. ...

... Seven Hills residents could vote on bow-hunting in May, if city council approves to send the issue to the primary election ballot...   putting the bow-hunting referendum on the May ballot could cost the city about $20,000...

Department of Wildlife receives no state tax dollars to manage deer: ODNR,  Urban Deer Management January 18, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... Prior to the American Revolution colonial settlers were angry with the European model of wildlife ownership by the King. Many settlers fought to invoke a new principle where resources, including wildlife, were for public use... The DOW follows the public trust doctrine and the state statute by not dictating whether a resident is allowed to have deer on his/her property but rather manages deer by following the overall best management practices....

... Deer hunters complain the ODOW has simply allowed too many deer to be killed in recent years, depleting the population...  While gun hunters once killed 90 percent of the deer during their short week-long season, bowhunters now harvest more than 50 percent of the deer aided by a four-month campaign. More deer are now taken with crossbows ...

... as per the Wednesday reporting period, a statewide total of 169,179 deer have been harvested. For the same 2013-2014 to-date period the figure was 186,347 deer...

... In October, chronic wasting disease, a mad cow-like brain disorder that kills deer, was found in Ohio for the first time... they aren't as afraid CWD will walk into the state; their primary worry is it will come in on a truck... Like 12 of the 23 states where CWD has been found, the first Ohio case cropped up in a commercial deer operation -- in which deer bred for enormous antlers are shipped to fenced hunting preserves ...

Ohio asks deer hunters for feedback January 12, 2015 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
... opportunity to provide feedback about hunting regulations and season structures on Saturday, Jan. 24... sure to call for times and locations...

Decline in Ohio deer harvest continues January 11, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch 
... Hunters reported tagging 13,726 whitetails during the four-day muzzleloader hunt that began on Jan. 2 amid seasonally mild temperatures ... The kill was down 2,738, or about 16.7 percent, from the 2014 take ... the archery season began on Sept. 27, hunters had reported taking 167,399 whitetails through Tuesday, a drop-off of 17,492, or about 9.5 percent ...

... . Hunters have checked 167,013 deer so far in all 2014-2015 hunting seasons, compared to 182,861 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested 16,464 deer during the 2014 deer-muzzleloader season...

Parasite in cats tied to infections in deer January 4, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... Among 444 deer tested, 261, or almost 60 percent, showed evidence of infection by the parasite. Further, about 65 percent of 200 free-roaming cats tested positive in the Cleveland area. Infection rates among deer appear to increase relative to the number of cats sharing the landscape ...

... The widespread presence of the parasite emphasizes the need for deer hunters to thoroughly and properly cook their harvested venison ... Hunters in 2014 have killed 148,830 deer so far in Ohio. Last year at this time, hunters had tagged 162,720 deer in the state...

White-tailed deer muzzleloader hunting starting soon  December 30, 2014 Ohio, Ohio's Country Journal 
... opens Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 ...  runs through Monday, Jan. 5, 2015... In an effort to keep Ohio’s wild deer herd free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), successful hunters in Holmes County are urged to have their deer tested and processed at a local facility ...

Deer neighbors December 28, 2014 Toledo Blade 
... Ottawa Hills voters agreed four years ago that shooting isn’t a good solution to the village’s deer-population problem ... Open shooting in a densely populated suburb poses a hazard not just to deer, but also to the people who live there. And because deer have caused relatively little damage to life in Ottawa Hills, there’s little evidence to suggest that culling is worth the risk...

White-Tailed Deer in Ohio - December 28, 2014



Ohio now allows hunters to use noise suppressors December 28, 2014 Salem News Online
... Ohio has joined more than 30 states that allow hunters to use soup-can-sized noise suppressors on guns for certain wildlife such as deer and game birds...

Deer carrying domestic cat disease ... December 24, 2014 Ohio, Penn Live
... Researchers with Ohio State University have found a large percentage of the Greater Cleveland area's white-tailed deer infected with a parasite associated with feral domestic cats, according to a study published in the journal EcoHealth...

CWD threat prompts order to destroy deer herd December 23, 2014 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently issued the order to David M. Yoder, owner of World Class Whitetails of Ohio Ranch, a hunting preserve, after a deer from the preserve tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in October, and for what the state cited as Yoder’s repeated violations of quarantine restrictions....

Ottawa Hills, Task force to mull how to rid village of its deer December 22, 2014 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... a referendum in which Ottawa Hills voters rejected an exception to a village ordinance forbidding the local discharge of firearms, which would have cleared the way for the village to hire sharpshooters to kill 50 deer... “This isn’t a meeting about killing deer,” ...

Chronic wasting disease a symptom of unregulated captive hunting industry December 22, 2014 Ohio, Mansfield News Journal
... If CWD spreads to the wild deer population, the likelihood of eradicating it is very slim. The owner of the CWD-positive farm knew this, and he still violated a Department of Agriculture quarantine order placed on his farm — putting personal profit and greed above the health of Ohio’s wildlife...

Deer disease among top outdoors stories in 2014 December 21, 2014 New York, The Columbus Dispatch 
... Ohio became the 14th state in which an incidence of CWD [chronic wasting disease] has been confirmed in a captive herd. The disease has been identified in either wild or captive deer, elk or moose in 20 states.  Only time will tell whether the best efforts of government agencies, along with help from the public, can keep CWD from spreading into Ohio’s wild deer population... 

... fee would have been $19,900 for 17-year-old Alex Wright had he shot the 30-point buck behind the fence, but the deer had escaped ...

Gun deer kill down nearly 10,000 December 18, 2014 Ohio, Outdoor News 
... 60 of Ohio’s 88 counties posted declines... Among these dissenters is Dennis J. Malloy Jr., a former wildlife division officer who now toils away as an official with Whitetails Unlimited.  In an email sent to Mike Tonkovich – the wildlife division’s point-man on deer management in the state – Malloy wrote that the state “has to stop the bleeding.” ... 

Ohio gun legislation passes December 18, 2014 Ohio, Piqua Daily Call
... If signed by Governor John Kasich, Amended Substitute House Bill 234 will shorten the amount of required class and training hours to receive a CCW permit from 12 hours to eight. It will also allow noise suppressors to be used while hunting game birds and wild quadrupeds, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer...

Ottawa Hills committee plans to control deer population  December 17, 2014 Ohio, WNWO NBC 24
... In 2010, residents voted against an ordinance that would make culling a possibility...  one of group’s purposes is to explore several solutions, including fencing and contraceptive measures. Hupp says culling is one option ...

Ohio deer gun season totals have been posted December 15, 2014, The Morrow County Sentinel 
... Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested 75,408 deer during the 2013 deer-gun season... 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...

Deer gun numbers down in Ohio for many reasons December 15, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... Ohio’s deer gun week produced the lowest whitetail kill since 1987 ... the archery kill has increased dramatically. A year ago, Ohio’s bow harvest surpassed the gun-week total for the first time... Ohio has fewer deer than it had in the past ...

Dear to their hearts: Gladwin family raises whitetails December 15, 2014 Ohio, Midland Daily News
... The couple has always been fascinated with whitetail deer, and decided they wanted to get into raising their own after a trip to a deer farm... guests can feed the cereal to the deer during their visits... bucks get aggressive during the mating season. Antlers need to be removed after their velvet covering drops ... There are about 300 whitetail farms in Michigan right now, but there used to be a lot more ...

Deer kill total falls for 7 central Ohio counties December 14, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... Hunters checked 3,706 deer in seven central Ohio counties during the seven-day gun week ...  about 5.7 percent of the statewide take of 65,485 ...

... This alternative includes a combination of lethal and nonlethal actions. Sharpshooting and limited capture/euthanasia would be used initially to quickly reduce deer herd numbers ... The complete final report can be found online at parkplanning.nps.gov/CUVAdeerplan

Fewer deer taken in this year’s gun season December 13, 2014 Ohio, Journal-News 
... fewer deer during gun season ...  65,485 white-tailed deer in 2014, compared with 74,408 last year ... The first modern deer-gun season was held in 1943 in three counties, and hunters harvested 168 deer...
     Crunching hunting numbers helps keep deer population healthy December 13, 2014 Ohio, Limaohio 
... People quickly can tell if more deer were harvested in one year compared to another... the relatively large declines in the antlerless harvest ... removing the antlerless permit protected the antlerless segment...  future populations will either be stable or perhaps slightly larger ...

Avon Lake deer culling program is ineffective, mayor says December 12, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... "We only had two people come forward and get the permits to shoot the deer (with bows and arrows) this year," Zilka said. "Each person killed one deer and one might have wounded another, though we are not sure. We had hoped for more public participation." ...One of the city's most famous deer was found dead recently. A mostly white piebald deer nicknamed "Whitey" ...

Captive hunts give rise to deer disease December 11, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... Those captive deer were under a quarantine to prevent the potential spread of chronic wasting disease ...  the owner still violated the quarantine order placed on his farm, putting personal profit and greed above the health of Ohio’s wildlife, and forcing those captive deer to unfortunately pay the ultimate price...

The face of deer hunting changing around Ohio December 11, 2014 Ohio,  cleveland.com
... It's easy to see why more deer are killed with bow-and-arrow. The season is four months long. The gun season is one short week... In the not too distant past, gun hunters killed 90 percent of Ohio's deer... sportsmen ... fear the size and scope of the Buckeye deer herd is shrinking far too rapidly...

Hunters bag 422 deer in Delaware county December 10, 2014 Ohio. Delaware Gazette
... Delaware was among the few counties in the state where more deer were checked in this year over last year. By contrast, Coshocton County had the most deer that were checked in at 2,308, compared to 2,658 last year...

... Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year... An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday...

Deer hunting in decline all around Ohio during annual gun season December 8, 2014 Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  deer harvest during the popular gun season evolved into a major decline, the lowest in decades around the Buckeye State.  Hunters tagged 65,485 bucks and does during the seven-day season, which ended Sunday at dusk. It was 13 percent below last year's total ...

... Counties reporting the highest number of checked deer during the 2014 gun season: Coshocton (2,308), Muskingum (2,084), Tuscarawas (2,074), Guernsey (1,788), Ashtabula (1,730), Knox (1,727) ...

Gun hunters take 10,000 fewer Ohio deer December 8, 2014 Ohio, Port Clinton News Herald 
... “There’s fewer deer out there" ... John Windau, with the ODNR’s Division of Wildlife ... The presence of chronic wasting disease for the first time in Ohio did not appear to be a factor in diminishing hunting ...

Ohio's hunters enjoys solid fall hunting campaign December 8, 2014 Port Clinton News Herald 
... Hunters checked 17,500 white-tailed deer on Monday, Dec. 1, the opening day of Ohio's deer gun season... [a decline of nearly 8 percent from last year.]

...  The National Park Service intends to use sharpshooting to help control the deer population in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Nonlethal measures also would be employed, including fencing and some form of contraception...

... Chronic wasting disease was detected in a deer there brought in from Pennsylvania. It could mean the destruction of the ranch's entire herd, 300 deer.  And if it spreads?  "That's the biggest problem or the worry that if this does spread to the wild population, Ohio could really be hurting," ...

...  World Class Whitetails Hunting Preserve  ... The first positive test for Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio ... The ODA cited problems with record keeping by Yoder, as well as Yoder violating the quarantine by moving captive deer from the facility to his nearby Honey Run Farm on Nov. 12. The most troubling problem, said ODA Communications Director Erica Hawkins, was the discovery deer had escaped ...

... As many as 375 deer a year would be killed by sharpshooters ... After four years of thinning the herd, the plan calls for a contraceptive program involving as many as 400 does to keep the deer numbers from growing. This is contingent on meeting federal guidelines... Read the EIS

...  Wildlife officials expected the rules would to make it a little more difficult for hunters to tag a buck or doe, but new management plans may have worked too well... expected the season harvest to fall from a high of 261,260 in 2009-2010 and 191,459 a year ago to about 185,000 deer this season... seems optimistic...

...  In order to manage a deer population to an acceptable carrying capacity, it is important to have accurate measurements of deer density. This study used pellet-group distance sampling using transects ... Further monitoring of deer population size in the Natural Areas continued will enable the establishment of a baseline densities that can be used to compare the effectiveness of a deer management plan should one be established in the future...

One of three piebald deer dies in Avon Lake December 4, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... The white buck became a legend over the years as citizens spotted him ... "“The police and many people throughout the town have watched out for this deer,” ... “I’ve got to tell you, it’s like losing a friend,” ...

Ohio Senate delays vote on updated weapons laws December 4, 2014 The Advertiser-Tribune
... delayed passage of gun bills relaxing some requirements for a concealed carry permit and letting hunters use silencers on their guns under certain conditions...

Deer gun season off to slow start December 3, 2014 Ohio, The Bryan Times
... Statewide, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported a 22 percent opening day drop ...  in the five-county northwest Ohio region was down about 6.6 percent from last year, with Williams County posting the steepest decline... 

First Day Deer Numbers Down December 3, 2014 Ohio, WHIZ News
... The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports 17,512 deer were checked-in. That's less than last year's first day numbers when hunters check 22,619 deer ...

Deer harvest up in region December 2, 2014 Ohio, Limaohio
... West Central Ohio hunters bucked the state trend Monday by checking in more white-tailed deer than a year ago ... Once a county’s deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population...

... Hunters checked 17,512 white-tailed deer on Monday, Dec. 1, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season ...

Ashtabula County,  Deer hunting season now in full swing December 2, 2014 Ohio, Ashtabula Star-Beacon
... Winchell said 80 to 90 percent of area hunting is done on family farms throughout Ashtabula County...

... Ohio officials have ordered that all deer at a private hunting preserve in Holmes County be killed because the owner didn’t follow quarantine rules after one tested positive for a rare disease. It was the first time chronic wasting disease was found in Ohio...

Cincinatti, Urban hunting has been happening in Cincinnati Parks for years, but now the effort to trim the deer population is on hold. Police sharpshooters used to help the city control the herds, but that became too costly. Now more than 100 volunteers have been bow hunting in a handful of city parks for the last seven years. When the city set its sights on Clifton parks, though, neighbors said not so fast. - December 2, 2014


More than 400K Ohio hunters in deer fields this week December 1, 2014 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum 
... Ohio's traditional deer gun season opened Dec. 1 ... Last year gunners checked 75,408 whitetails and this year success is expected to be similar...

... Ohio hunters have already checked in 80,000 deer this year during the archery, antlerless deer muzzleloader, and youth gun seasons ...

Deer gun season has opened December 1, 2014 Ohio, The Morrow County Sentinel
...  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. This ensures that Ohio’s deer herd is maintained at a level that is both acceptable to most, and biologically sound...

Ohio to euthanize deer farm after quarantine broken December 1, 2014 Zanesville Times Recorder
... Ohio will kill all deer remaining on a Holmes County farm where chronic wasting disease was discovered after the farm's owner was found violating a state-issued quarantine...

State orders euthanization of all deer at Holmes County preserve December 1, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... wild deer within a six-mile radius of Millersburg are now being closely monitored and randomly tested, with sampling of dead animals at various stations where hunters bring the animals and planned testing of deer killed by vehicles...

All's pretty quiet on the deer-hunting front in Holmes County December 1, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... check stations were established after Ohio's first positive test for CWD in late October, a captive deer at World Class Whitetails, a deer farm and hunting preserve in Holmes County. In recent weeks, six captive deer with ear tags had been harvested by hunters outside of fenced deer farms in Holmes County, two that were traced back to World Class Whitetails. ...

Hunters seek trophy bucks as Ohio’s deer-gun season begins December 1, 2014 The Columbus Dispatch
... Last year, 191,503 deer were harvested in Ohio ... The Buckeye Big Buck Club ... 16,297 online entries date to 1947. They show that Licking County has the most big bucks ever taken (682) ...

Ohio deer hunting totals fluctuating — again November 30, 2014 Sandusky Register
... Deliberate herd thinning efforts have been undertaken to improve herd quality in certain unglaciated counties and in other higher deer density counties to address Farm Bureau and driver safety concerns. This has resulted in annual harvests dropping to 191,459 last year after several years in the 220,000 range....

... The Ohio Division of Wildlife has also developed new deer hunting regulations designed to reduce the deer harvest. Restrictions on antlerless deer permits in 29 of Ohio's 88 counties have resulted in a 7 percent decline in the number of antlerless deer killed by bowhunters since the campaign began Sept. 27. The buck harvest, though, has increased about 4 percent...

Deer taken outside Holmes County ranch show no signs of wasting disease November 30, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The deadly deer malady known as CWD hasn’t seeped out of the Holmes County captive deer preservewhere it was confirmed in October, but at least two deer traced to World Class Whitetails of Ohio have been killed outside the ranch...

Deer hunters flock to Muskingum County November 30, 2014 Ohio, Zanesville Times Recorder 
... The state ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters — upward of 500,000 ...
In Muskingum and Coshocton counties, the limit is three deer this year — only one of which may be a buck. Hunters may take only one buck in the whole state each season. The statewide bag limit is nine deer...

Should disease stop Ohio's interstate deer trade? November 29, 2014, Mansfield News Journal 
... The state's first case of chronic wasting disease was found in October on a deer farm in Holmes County... more than 500 deer farms registered in Ohio [see link above for a map of deer farms and those under quarantine] ... "The risk of transmission of CWD to domestic livestock or humans is very small, but it is not zero," ... Missouri is moving forward with a ban on all deer imports...

... Thirty-five years ago, Ohio shotgun hunters took the lion's share - about 90 percent - of the total deer harvest. Buoyed by crossbow hunting the last few decades, bowhunting success has soared from 10 percent in 1978 to about a 50-50 split of the total harvest... Over the past decade, liberal deer hunting regulations were used to substantially reduce the size of Ohio's deer herd ...

Gun hunting for deer begins Monday November 28, 2014 Ohio, Courier 
... More than 400,000 hunters are expected to take to the field. Hunters checked 75,408 deer during the 2013 weeklong deer-gun season ...

Antlerless muzzleloader season harvest increases sharply in 2014 November 28, 2014 Ohio, Sidney Daily News 
...  Ohio’s muzzleloader hunters checked 6,613 antlerless white-tailed deer during a two-day season, Oct. 11-12 ... an 18 percent increase from 2013, when hunters checked 5,608 deer, the first year for the antlerless muzzleloader season...

Cuyahoga mayors, managers press state to help with deer November 27, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Geoff Westerfield, assistant wildlife management supervisor for the ODNR, told Bay Village council that it's not his agency's role to kill deer. Instead, the state can help communities develop their own deer policies and advise residents how to prevent deer from damaging their properties ...

... the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Agriculture are attempting to minimize the risk of spreading Chronic Wasting Disease.  Last month, a deer among the herd at World Class Whitetails of Ohio, near Millersburg in Holmes County, tested positive for the disease...

... The bill includes provisions dealing with toxic algae blooms, puppy mills, mining safety and licenses to create deer sanctuaries... The legislation would eliminate the requirement that telephone companies offer basic local phone services after a transition from land lines to digital internet-based technology...

Young hunters around Ohio kill 6,400 deer November 26, 2014 Port Clinton News Herald 
... Youth checked about 200 fewer deer than last year...

Think you know deer? Here’s the scoop November 23, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... Deer don’t travel far, sticking to familiar ground. Does hang with their mothers for two seasons, young bucks for a year. Once a buck has established a territory, it will stay until forced to leave by humans, predators or another buck... 

Ballistic impact: How will new law impact gun season? November 23, 2014 Ohio, Lancaster Eagle Gazette
... the Ohio Wildlife Council passed a law allowing hunters to use rifles that fire straight-walled cartridges during gun season ... the cartridges are reminiscent of the early black-powder cartridges used in the 1800s...

Cincinnatti, Group halts deer hunting in some city parks November 21, 2014 Ohio, WKRC TV Cincinnati
... Gutzwiller is part of a group that convinced the parks department to suspend hunting in Clifton parks for a year while it looks into alternatives for reducing the herds... The group is examining programs in other cities to decide what would be best for Cincinnati...

Bill would let Ohioans keep deer in private sanctuaries November 20, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... A provision in House Bill 490, which passed the House yesterday, would allow private organizations to care for deer that are critically injured or unprepared to enter the wild... The state allowed private organizations to operate sanctuaries up until 2009, when Ohio outlawed rehabilitation ...

Deer gun seasons approaching; kill predicted at 180,000-plus November 19, 2014 Ohio, Aurora Advocate
...  [ODNR] predicting that 180,000 to 185,000 deer will be harvested during the state's 2014-15 hunting seasons... The total deer harvested during the regular gun season last year was 75,408....

... The bill would let licensed Ohio hunters use the noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including ... white-tailed deer...

Bay Village, Ohio wildlife representative says state won't kill deer for Cuyahoga communities November 18, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
... An Ohio Division of Wildlife representative told Bay Village City Council that although Cuyahoga County mayors have asked the state to resolve the overpopulation of deer, that's not feasible.  "I don't really think it's our role to jump in and kill deer," ...

Ohio opens deer hunting help line November 17, 2014 13abc 
...  800-Wildlife or 800-945-3543. The ODNR says anyone with any kid of question about gun season can give them a call...

... Youth hunters must be 17-years-old or younger at the time they purchase their youth hunting license ... Youth hunters checked 6,645 deer during the 2013 season...

Ohio on watch for deer wasting disease November 16, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... CWD outbreaks in the wild often are associated with captive deer, such as those propagated for hunting preserves. A single infected deer, originating from a Pennsylvania captive herd, was identified at the World Class Whitetails of Ohio ranch, near Millersburg.  At last count, about 20 Ohio facilities that received Pennsylvania deer remain under close scrutiny...

Deer’s death may result in sanctuary for others November 15, 2014 Ohio, Times-Leader
...  a tame deer ... was put down by a Monroe County wildlife
HB 490, Trooper's Law, provide the injured, too tame for the wild, or handicapped deer legal sanctuary in Ohio.  Support Petition.
 officer ... The deer's death sparked outrage ...  "People find an injured fawn, what are you supposed to do? The only option, for the average person, is to let them die." ... If House Bill 490 were to pass through both the house and senate, the amendment would permit deer sanctuaries in Ohio, through the Department of Agriculture. The sanctuaries, which would follow strict guidelines, would rely on private funding and donations, not public tax dollars...

WXYZ
...  after watching an adult female deer die in traffic.  They recognized a young fawn left behind. It's news in their neighborhood because deer don't usually spend anytime there. Now, you won't believe the bond the young deer has made with the neighborhood... [see video below]


... Since 2007, Cincinnati Parks has been actively managing herds of white-tailed deer through “lethal removal” ... a group of citizens in Clifton concerned about the safety and efficacy of the current culling practices has convinced the Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners to temporarily halt the practice. They say there’s been a lack of effort to find more humane alternatives to stabilize and reduce the deer population....

... Cameron Merritt, whose mother runs Birds in Flight sanctuary in Trumbull County said he hid in a hunting blind and jumped out and attempted to tackle the deer, and the pumpkin fell off...


...  A plastic Halloween pumpkin bucket stuck on a deer's head in Mentor is preventing it from eating and drinking ... neighbors say they've made several calls to authorities ... However, they've been unable to find anyone who can help...

A plastic Halloween pumpkin bucket stuck on a deer's head in Mentor, Ohio is preventing it from eating and drinking.


Drone use in hunting shot down as unethical November 9, 2014 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
...  drones are considered aircraft, and Ohio’s hunting and trapping rules make it “unlawful to use any aircraft or any motorized conveyance to hunt, shoot, shoot at, kill, take, or attempt to take any wild bird or wild quadruped.” ... Earlier this year, Colorado became the first state to specifically ban using drones to scout, locate, hunt ...

Piebald deer was also a beloved neighborhood icon November 6, 2014 Ohio, The Newark Advocate
...  they put food out for the deer, which their granddaughter named Bambi... started a Facebook group, "Bambi — The Real Life Tale of a Piebald Deer" to share memories and pictures of the deer ...

Stark County acorn production increases November 2, 2014 Ohio, Massillon Independent
... Ohio is seeing an abundance of acorns ... there was about a 30 percent increase in the percentage of white oak trees and red oak trees producing acorns from last year to this year ... 52 percent of white oaks and 68 percent of red oaks showing fruit ... 

Tissue samples sought in deer chronic wasting disease case November 2, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... After confirmation that a Holmes County hunting preserve harbored a deer infected with chronic wasting disease, the Ohio Division of Wildlife is asking for tissue samples from wild deer taken in the area... surrounding a hunting preserve, known as World Class Whitetails of Ohio ranch, near Millersburg...

Ohio might eradicate diseased deer farm October 31, 2014 Mansfield News Journal ·
... to contain the spread of chronic wasting disease  ...  no decision has been made for what to do with the estimated 300 remaining deer at World Class Whitetails in Millersburg. Killing all the deer — or depopulating the farm — is "not off the table," ...

... Ohio’s first case of CWD was confirmed about a week ago, coming from a captive deer herd in Holmes County... Around 1978, it was formally classified as a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) — a group of rare degenerative disorders of the brain that includes scrapie in sheep and goats, Mad Cow disease in cattle, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans...

Deer gets state pardon, can remain at Vermilion farm October 29, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer
... A privately owned deer the state ordered destroyed has been granted a pardon.  Baby, the deer rescued by Debbie Parker five years ago, will be allowed to live and stay at her farm...

Bay Village, Deer discussion continues October 28, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Deale
... The Bay Village chapter of the League of Women Voters will host a public meeting to talk about deer ... on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library...

...  A portion of Trooper's Law with some variations will be on HB490 this year!! This is a part containing deer & is called the Compassionate Ohio Proposal for HB490... The Compassion Proposal is part of/or close to parts of the Trooper's Law Proposal with some variations (it would fall under similar rules as do the deer farms with the Depart. of Agriculture...ie an 8 foot fence.. but still require private funding).  It's goal is to provide the injured, too tame for the wild or handicapped deer legal sanctuary.  They would also be able to obtain medical care. 

... Since 2002, the state has conducted surveillance throughout Ohio for the disease... Tissue samples from 753 deer killed on Ohio’s roads were collected from September 2013 through March 2014 and were tested for CWD. An additional 88 hunter-harvested mature white-tailed deer and nine deer displaying symptoms consistent with CWD were tested as well and were all negative ... 

... The hunting preserve has been under quarantine since April 24 because the Pennsylvania captive deer farm where the male deer came from had another deer test positive for CWD earlier this year... the Ohio Division of Wildlife was quick to stress no wild Ohio deer has ever been documented with the disease...

Ohio warns hunters about rare deer disease October 24, 2014 Herald-Dispatch 
... Chronic Wasting Disease ...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hunters should avoiding eating meat from deer or elk that look sick, or have their meat tested by the state...

First deer with Chronic Wasting Disease diagnosed in Ohio October 23, 2014 The Columbus Dispatch
... Chronic Wasting Disease, which is similar to mad-cow disease ... tested at World Class Whitetails, a private hunting facility ... That facility and 42 others across the state, including several in Holmes County, had been quietly quarantined in April after the state learned that 125 potentially infected deer had been transported to them from Pennsylvania...

... The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed Thursday the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio, an always-fatal contagious brain disease that has killed deer and elk in 19 states... a Holmes County deer farm and hunting preserve where the infected deer subsequently tested positive for CWD ...

Deer harvest up so far in Ottawa, Sandusky counties October 22, 2014 Ohio, Port Clinton News Herald
... the state is allowing them to shoot more deer this year than last, and the weather has been good ...  southwest Ohio have larger herds of deer than Ottawa and Sandusky counties ...

Deer Sanctuaries in Ohio October 21, 2014 
... My name is Sandy Potts, I am the woman from Clarington, Ohio, that was fighting to save Bucky the deer that was killed in August by the ODNR.  I am now part of a group called Compassionate Ohio and am happy to announce today that deer sanctuaries are to be an amendment on House Bill 490. We have the support of Representative Jack Cera, Representative David Hall, Representative Andy Thompson, and Representative Andrew Brenner as well as Dr Tony Forshey our state veterinarian for the Department of Agriculture. Any calls made to representatives would be appreciated to show other representatives and members of Ohio's Senate that will have to vote on this as well to get it approved. We are one step closer...

... more than a few hunters contend the state’s coyote pack is out of control and has decimated the state’s deer herd.  Meanwhile just about every deer hunter is grumbling that the Ohio Division of Wildlife went too far for too long in selling too many antlerless-only deer tags...

Westlake deer issue resurfaces October 17, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  Council earlier this month narrowly defeated the ban proposed by Mayor Dennis Clough, with several members saying that they wanted to address the deer problem more broadly and that the ban would be almost impossible to enforce...

North Olmsted residents offer divided opinions on deer hunting proposal October 15, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
... Residents speaking Tuesday night were nearly evenly divided between supporters of culling deer and opponents... Steve Wolf, a Butternut Ridge Road resident and attorney, said the city should consider liability issues if injured deer run off... Some residents called for nonlethal means of controlling deer, including using birth control...

Four deer make wrong decision October 12, 2014 Ohio, Athens News
...  four deer carcasses lying in the middle of the highway exit lane ... "Several years ago I had seen one who jumped off the exact same bridge, but that was only one," ...

This video shows a very large and mature (6 years old) whitetail buck, investigating a mock scape and reacting to the howls of a pack of coyotes. This video was captured in Northeastern Ohio with a DLC Covert Black 60 - October 13, 2014



Ohio deer population nears target October 12, 2014 The Columbus Dispatch 
... To manage deer by county, which is the most sensible approach, Tonkovich said, regulations need to be different from county to county...  with whitetail populations at or near “target,” or desirable, levels in most counties, regulations have again altered Ohio’s hunting landscape. Among the alterations for 2014-15 was the elimination of a large number of counties where reduced-price antlerless permits ...

Ohio wildlife officials trying to trim Buckeye deer harvest October 10, 2014 The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
... The ODOW wants to trim the harvest to about 180,000 deer this season, a significant drop from last year's 191,503 deer killed with bows and guns... "Our goal in most counties is to stabilize the deer population," ... which means reducing the number of does killed by hunters...

... Last week ODNR Wildlife murdered a precious young tame deer named Bucky in front of children at a park in Clarington, Ohio.  They shot him TWICE to bring him down. The town is heartbroken... We are carrying on the legacy and goals of Carol Deyo, a life long animal rescuer, surgical veterinary technician and the mommy of Trooper and Patch, two precious rescued deer. Carol spend her last year on earth fighting for the lives of these rescued animals. Throughout that year, her cancer worsened. She passed away knowing that the Saving Trooper Committee will not relent on what has been started...

State, county deer-related crashes down in 2013 October 4, 2014 Ohio, Bellefontaine Examiner 
... about 20,200 deer-vehicle crashes were reported last year. That's nearly 800 fewer crashes than in 2012 ... the risk of hitting a dear is greater in October, November and December ...

Olmsted Falls, Remains of deer deposited in river October 2, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... he had seen someone pull a dead deer into the Rocky River on Sept. 23, three days prior... the carcass was still in the river ...

As deer season approaches, time to look at numbers October 2, 2014 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
... About 80 percent of all Ohio deer hunters hunted with archery equipment (either archery alone or in addition to other means) ... For the first time, archers accounted for more deer killed than gun hunters did during the week-long gun season...

White-tailed deer antlerless muzzleloader hunting season coming up October 2, 2014 Ohio, Jackson County Daily October 2, 2014
... The white-tailed deer antlerless muzzleloader hunting season returns to Ohio on Oct. 11-12. Hunters checked 5,608 antlerless deer during the 2013 season... 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...

Ohio Deer Hunting Forecast for 2014 October 1, 2014 gameandfishmag.com
... bag limits are being decreased in 44 counties and antlerless tags are being eliminated in 29 counties.  With harvest numbers down for a fourth consecutive year in the state, most changes this year were intended to stabilize deer populations... Last season, hunters checked in a total of 191,503 deer, a 12.5 percent decrease from the 2012 season ...

Ohio Data: Around 640,000 deer in 2014, Ohio issued fewer deer permits and no antlerless deer permits in some areas to help the herd rebound. Reductions in bag limits and antlerless deer permits were approved for 2015 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 has 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. Ohio Department of Transportation picked up 15,000 deer from roads in 2011, compared to 18,000 in 2010. The Ohio Division of Wildlife's goal is to reduce deer populations in counties above population targets. The eastern and southeastern forests have matured, reducing deer habitat.
      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.  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.
     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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