Ohio Deer News

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 ...

Lyndhurst, 'Trap-and-bolt' deer culling is 'public-sanctioned torture': Laura Bruck February 21, 2016 cleveland.com
... It's not surprising that deer are more visible since construction of Legacy Village, which destroyed what was arguably the area's last wooded habitat. Mayor Ward would have you believe that the city is home to hundreds of deer (approaching Pepper Pike numbers), but a December 2014 aerial survey documented only 41 deer in Lyndhurst...

Toledo, Hunters disgusted by poaching in Toledo park February 21, 2016 Ohio, bcsn.tv
...  poachers have killed four white-tailed deer around Delaware Creek Park, a small slice of greenspace that runs from Detroit Avenue down to River Road, bordered by Wildwood Boulevard... three of the deer were beheaded and their carcasses left behind as waste. A fourth deer was found intact...

... 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.


Ohio white-tailed deer harvest shows increase February 18, 2016 Toledo Blade
... This season’s total was a bit higher than what state wildlife managers had anticipated, since bag limits had been reduced and antlerless permits were eliminated in many counties. The increase in the harvest could be attributable to more cooperative weather in key parts of the season, and the timing of the removal of agricultural crops in the western half of the state, wildlife officials said...

Understanding coyotes and their living habits February 18, 2016 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
... Some regional results indicated that deer can be a significant portion of the diet. Something derived from this section of Understanding Coyotes may play a role in slowing the recovery of the Ohio deer herd, which has been drastically reduced to the point that hunters are reporting an apparent and disappointing absence of deer...

... The county bag limits were proposed to remain the same. The statewide bag limit was proposed to remain at six deer, only one deer may be antlered and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit...

Metroparks kill 195 deer at Wildwood, Oak Openings February 27, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... sharpshooters killed 30 deer at Wildwood Preserve during one night and 165 were killed over three nights at Oak Openings Preserve ... 

... The trap and bolt method unpopular to protesters involves luring a deer into a cage trap and keeping the animal in that trap until an animal control officer arrives and dispenses a bolt into its brain. The animal, by law, can remain in the cage for up to 12 hours...

Final deer tally for Ohio is in February 15, 2016 People's Defender
... Officials I’ve talked with and others don’t necessarily believe there are any more deer on the landscape, but poor mast crop and nice weather brought out the hunters and the deer which combined for a seven percent increase in the overall take...

Deer harvest proves interest in bow hunting February 13, 2016 Ohio, Limaohio
... Preliminary data from our deer hunter survey revealed that about two-thirds of hunters think there are too few deer. Therefore, we will hold regulations stable this year to promote modest herd growth in most regions of the state... 

... "The year's harvest was artificially inflated because of the weather and the mast crop failure," said deer biologist Clint McCoy. "We had predicted a nominal increase of 5 percent to 7 percent. Going forward for next year, we are probably going to see a similar buck harvest, or down just a smidgen...

Deer kill up; regs won't change February 12, 2016 Ohio, MyDaytonDailyNews
... several factors that played into the higher total... a lower than average mast crop (acorns), which made deer more active in looking for other food sources... farmers having most of their crops harvested before gun season ... weather was good throughout the fall... 

Ohio Wildlife Council Receives 2016-2017 Deer Hunting Proposals February 11, 2016 Wildlife Home - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
... The county bag limits were proposed to remain the same. The statewide bag limit was proposed to remain at six deer, only one deer may be antlered and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. In other proposals, the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed to move the line which separates the north and south waterfowl hunting zones farther north ...

Ohio hunters kill 188,000 deer in season February 11, 2016 Columbus Dispatch
... ODNR officials said that bag limits were reduced for the most recent season to help stabilize deer population, and that the increase can be attributed to a reduced supply of food, such as acorns, for deer throughout much of the state, particularly in the eastern half of the state...

Lyndhurst deer culling causing controversy: 5 things to know February 11, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  Lyndhurst has killed six deer this month, the only city in Northeast Ohio to use the controversial trapping and bolting method... According to an aerial survey done in December 2014, there were 44 confirmed deer, putting the deer population at 9 deer per square mile...

Ohio deer rifles are quickly catching up February 11, 2016 Farm and Dairy
... recent change in deer hunting regulations adding straight wall cartridge rifles to the list of permitted gun styles for Ohio deer hunters ... use of rifles is increasing quickly ...

Avon Lake, Deer killed within Avon Lake city limits February 10, 2016 Ohio, The Morning Journa
... Two men are being charged with ... hunting violations and animal cruelty ... also facing charges of shooting a bow within city limits... 

...  the herd, which registered at about 10 deer per square mile by way of an aerial infrared survey in late 2014... [Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat, see research] ...The city's Deer Management Task Force concluded last year that "the only viable way to control the destructive impact on the environment is to implement a limited lethal culling program." ...

Ottawa Hills OKs deer kill; date isn’t set February 9, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Council unanimously approved a controlled bow-hunting program ... calls for establishing a relatively stable, healthy herd of 30 to 40 deer... during a count Jan. 23 only 36 deer were spotted in the village ...

Ohio hunters harvest more than 188,000 deer February 8, 2016 Norwalk Reflector
... Hunters checked 188,335 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2015-2106 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 175,745 deer were checked during the 2014-2015 season ...in the process of revising Ohio’s population goals ...

Toledo, Beheaded deer found in Toledo city park February 5, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... A deer poaching investigation is underway ...  "Not only is it a public safety issue, it besmirches the tradition of responsible hunting... " crossbows were used to kill three bucks in Delaware Park ...

Ottawa Hills, Census sees drop in Ottawa Hills deer population February 2, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
...  why even institute a cull and go through the expense when the population of deer has fallen by 50 percent,” said Michael Eisenstodt, part of villagedeer.com ...A count performed on Jan. 23 only spotted 36 deer ... Similar counts using helicopters and thermal imaging in January, 2009 and January, 2015 found 76 and 75 ...

Lyndhurst residents call deer thinning tactic 'cruel' and 'barbaric' February 1, 2016 Ohio, NewsNet 5
... A video was shown during the meeting depicting Trap and Bolt.  We saw people turning away, shielding their eyes, and shaking their heads. Deer are caught in cages then a crew is shown coming to finish the process.  "They attempt to fire a 4-inch metal rod into the deer's brain," ...
... They want the city of Lyndhurst to abandon the trap and kill method of deer population control, and they are sharing a video that demonstrates what they call a very barbaric method of culling deer... Lyndhurst Mayor Patrick Ward says city council approved the use of the traps last year...

Mother Nature gives Ohio deer harvest a boost January 30, 2016 Cleveland Plain Dealer
...  That the ODOW went too far in trimming the herd is a common complaint from hunters used to seeing lots of deer... Deer management supervisor Mike Tonkovich  ... does have an average of 1.5 fawns each year when populations are low to moderate and food sources are plentiful... the average has been only .7 or .8 fawns per doe in recent years...

... The City of Lyndhurst has submitted an application to Ohio Department of Natural Resources to request approval to kill deer in Lyndhurst using a method called Trap and Bolt. Killing wildlife in this manner is widely condemned by veterinarians and humane societies as egregiously cruel and inhumane...

Poor mast crop credited with "artificial bump" January 28, 2016 Ohio, Outdoors with Frischkorn
... When asked for the “why” in regards to the 15-percent increase in the antlered deer kill, Ohio Division of Wildlife deer biologist Clint McCoy called the up-tick an “artificial bump” and attributed it to a poor mast crop through much of the state...

Toledo, Deer kill concerns voiced at metroparks meeting January 28, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Complaints from about a dozen people during the park district’s monthly meeting included why park officials didn’t disclose plans for the deer cull in advance at a public forum to allow people to offer objections... a professional firm was used instead of local hunters ...

Ottawa Hills mulls proposed deer kill January 27, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Discussions are ongoing about how hunters will be selected, but one is for Ottawa Hills to use a system like Oak Openings’ lottery system. Interested hunters apply and are selected in a random lottery. Each hunter, who can also select a partner, is given a three-week time period to hunt....
     Ottawa Hills makes plans for fall deer cull January 16, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Last November, residents voted roughly 58 percent to 41 percent in favor of the plan to allow a cull...

... most counties are now at or near goal. Therefore, to help stabilize deer populations, bag limits were reduced, and antlerless permit use has been eliminated in most counties for the 2015-2016 season.  The ODNR Division of Wildlife is in the process of revising Ohio’s population goals

- See more at: http://wbco.com/local/ohio-hunters-harvest-more-than-12500-deer-during-muzzleloader-season/#sthash.7LJYf4Ti.dpuf
...For the current January 20th report, the to-date “All Harvest” antlered deer kill stands at 75,314 animals. The corresponding to-date “All Harvest” antlered deer kill figure for 2015 was 64,923 animals and for 2014 the to-date “All Harvest” antlered deer figure was 66,354 animals...

... "You can pay $70,000 to kill these deer, but you can't pay $9,000 for a study. Do a study and show these people where you're at because you're going to be wrong," said one Swanton resident...

Deer harvest down during muzzleloader season January 20, 2016 Ohio, Circleville Herald 
... hunters harvested 12,205 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season ...  In 2015, a total of 13,724 were harvested ...

Ohio deer summits open up soapbox to all January 19, 2016 Toledo Blade
... On the next two Saturdays, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will hold public forums on the Division of Wildlife’s white-tailed deer management programs... read the report:  Quality vs. Quantity, A Closer Look at Deer Herd Condition Trends in Ohio

Swanton Twp. calls town hall on deer cull January 19, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
... A special town hall meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss what Swanton Township trustees call a “significant number of complaints, concerns, and questions” about the deer cull Metroparks of the Toledo Area has underway in its Oak Openings Preserve ...

Lyndhurst residents speak to City Council against deer trapping idea January 19, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... "There are a lot of people who don't even know this is happening... If they did, I'm sure they would be against it."  Walker was particularly saddened to hear that a bolt gun, a rod inserted into an animal's skull, could be used in killing the animals...

Considerations necessary when comparing Ohio deer harvests January 17, 2016 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... hunters took 180,917 whitetails from the September start of the bow season through the close of the muzzleloader hunt, significantly outpacing last year’s total of 169,179 during a similar period...

State seeks comments on deer-management program January 14, 2016 Ohio, Times Reporte
... Ohio hunters and others interested in the state’s white-tailed deer-management programs have the opportunity this month to provide feedback to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources about hunting regulations and season structures ...  preregister by Jan. 22 ...

Toledo, Deer kill continues through March 31 January 12, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
...  Oak Openings Preserve Metropark and Wildwood Preserve Metropark  ... there are claims that shooters are working feverishly to get most of the killings done before critics can voice objections at a Board of Park Commissioners meeting Jan. 27 ...“I just think their count is far off,”  ...

Amazing deer rescue in Geauga County January 7, 2016 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... this deer with the net around his mouth ...  wrestled him to the ground eventually and then he was holding him down and the game warden started cutting the net from around his antlers and from around his face ...

Over 9400 deer checked during Ohio 2-day gun hunting season January 6, 2016 Dailychiefunion
... checked 9,447 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s two-day deer-gun hunting season ... the last two-day deer-gun season in 2012. Overall, 14,365 deer were harvested ...

ODNR helping restore chestnut trees to Ohio landscapes January 4, 2016 Morrow County Sentinel
... Native populations of American chestnut were devastated by the chestnut blight disease that was introduced to the U.S. during the early 1900s...  until its decline in population, provided important food for bear, deer, turkey ...

Weather likely kept Ohio bonus gun hunt numbers down January 3, 2016 The Columbus Dispatch
... The harvest in 2012-13 was 218,910 whitetails. Through Tuesday, this season’s total was 165,361, suggesting a September-through-February take of 175,000 to 180,000 at season’s end. Such numbers would be close to those of last year, when hunters took 175,745...

Bonus deer gun season in Ohio returns for two days this week December 27, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch 
... Through Tuesday, hunters in Ohio reported taking 155,430 whitetails since the start of bow hunting in September. That’s slightly ahead of last year’s pace when 151,598 deer were taken at this stage of the season, and somewhat behind the 165,940 taken at this approximate point in 2013.

... The premise is sterilization only works because female deer tend to remain near a particular area... Of the 41 does sterilized, all but two awoke from the anesthesia. One showed signs of having a previous disease...  Necropsies were ordered on their bodies...The cost the first year of sterilization is roughly $1,000 per deer. though programs like one in Maryland have been able to reduce the cost by more than half over a four-year study by organizing and training volunteers...

... the 41 does sterilized during the first year of operations represent about 90 percent of the local adult doe population...  “So many communities around the nation want to know whether it is possible to manage their overabundant deer herds through non-lethal means alone. The research being done in Clifton will help to provide definitive answers.” ...

... hunters have arrowed and shot a to-date combined kill of 155,340 ... the 2013 approximate same to-date time frame showed a deer kill of 165,940 animals while its close-enough 2014 figure was 151,598 animals...

Deer hunter survey returns critical December 23, 2015 Ohio, Ohio's Country Journal
... the results will help define short-term population goals (increase, decrease, or remain stable) ...  By returning their surveys, hunters can ensure that they have a clear voice in helping to decide the direction of deer management in Ohio ...

Toledo, Marksmen to cull deer in Metroparks early next year December 21, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade ·
... The terms of the agreement call for the inspection agency to take up to 200 deer total from the two parks at a cost not to exceed $70,500...high deer population and although monitoring deer browse is hard to pin down, because deer have an incredibly diverse selection of browse ... 

White-tailed deer management programs December 21, 2015 Ohio, Vindy.com
... provide feedback about hunting regulations and season structures in central Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 23, and in northeast Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 30 ...

Looking back at hunting, fishing in Ohio in 2015 December 20, 2015 Columbus Dispatch
...  By the close of the 2014-15 deer season in February, 175,745 whitetails had been tagged, a significant decrease from the 191,455 taken during the 2013-14 hunt... the Ohio Division of Wildlife announced it would seek ... cutbacks in the issuance of antlerless permits, likely to promote future growth of the herd...

Sharpshooters kill 21 Avon Lake deer in two days December 18, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... They want to kill approximately 80 deer on city-owned land... Nineteen deer were killed during the last culling ... The program costs an estimated $500 per deer...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park to cull deer with sharpshooters December 18, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
...  wants to take 350 deer a year for the next four years.  Sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... They will employ noise suppressers and work at night ... Those with complaints, comments or questions can call the Cuyahoga Valley National Park hotline at 440-546-5975...
     The End is Nigh for Some CVNP Deer December 18, 2015 Ohio, Akron Ohio Moms
... There has been a discussion about park deer population densities for a number of years.  For every square mile of parkland, there are currently 40 deer. [40 deer per square mile is the target deer density for the state of Delaware] ...

... Concerns included damage to landscaping and vegetation, protection not only of pets but children from deer aggression, ground devastation from deer droppings or "pellets," and the potential for Lyme disease being transmitted through deer ticks.  Chaikin noted that it's been several years since there was a confirmed case of Lyme disease contracted in Cuyahoga County. [deer density generally not correlaetd to the risk of Lyme disease, research]

Hunters Encouraged to Attend Ohio's Deer Hunting Summits December 15, 2015 Ohio, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
     Ohio hunters and others interested in the state’s white-tailed deer management programs have the opportunity to provide feedback about hunting regulations and season structures in central Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 23, and in northeast Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 30, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  After input from last year’s deer summits and considering participation from across the state, the ODNR Division of Wildlife has decided to host a centrally located summit in Columbus and another summit in northeast Ohio...

Deer gun season has been big success December 15, 2015 Ohio, The Morrow County Sentinel
  ... The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. 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...

... Council unanimously passed a resolution to put the white-tailed deer culling issue on the March ballot. If it passes, residents will have the chance to have a licensed bow hunter come onto their property ...

Deer hunter survey returns critical December 15, 2015 Ohio, Country Journal
... Hunters for this year’s survey were randomly selected from the list of hunters who purchased a license and deer permit by Nov. 16...

Richland Co. hunters take 1,200 deer during gun season December 14, 2015 Ohio, RichlandSource.com
... ODNR Division spokeman John Windau said the rise in the harvest numbers [for Ohio]  are a product of weather - not a rise in the deer population ... Of Richland County's gun season... 425 were bucks, while 797 were does ... 

Ohio hunters help with investigation into disease in deer December 13, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch
... some 80 percent of hunters who took a deer from the area designated as a Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) brought in the deer for inspection. The area encompasses a radius of 6 miles around a Holmes County ...

Mild weather turns Ohio deer-gun week into hunting paradise December 12, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch
...  through the Tuesday after deer week: 153,292, compared with 149,292 at the same time in 2014 and 163,598 in 2013... The practical elimination of the antlerless permit this year is expected to allow deer numbers in some locales to rebound somewhat as soon as next year...

Changing attitudes on deer hunting December 12, 2015 Ohio, Lima Ohio
...Some owners are displeased with the attitudes and knowledge of some hunters. For some hunters, it’s merely a killing thing today. They don’t do their homework, don’t understand being out in nature and lack the proper ethics. Unfortunately, they spoil things for others... 

VW Co. deer harvest down for 2015, Ohio up December 11, 2015 Ohio, Times Bulletin
... Across the region, mixed statistics were released Monday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The harvest was lower in Defiance County at 865 (compared to 871 last year) and Putnam County with 304 (compared to 315 in 2014). Numbers were slightly higher in Allen County 387 compared to last year’s 348, and Mercer County 325 (compared to 206 in 2014)...

...  To date, for the 2015 deer hunting seasons, hunters have checked 152,554 deer. Last year at this same time, hunters had harvested a total of 148,821 deer. Given that the year-to-date harvest is only slightly higher, the significant increase in this year’s deer-gun season can most likely be attributed to better weather conditions  ... 

Lyndurst could become only city in Ohio to trap, kill deer December 7, 2015 Cleveland Plain Dealer
 ... the program is labor intensive, which means it can be pricey, and its effectiveness depreciates overtime as the deer become accustomed to the traps.  Trapping is not selective either, meaning fawns and bucks can enter the traps, while sharpshooting typically focuses on does...

Reduction in Ohio's deer herd helps drivers and farmers, but annoys hunters December 6, 2015 Akron Beacon Journal
... Ohio had as many as 750,000 deer at its peak, state officials said. Hunter groups estimate Ohio now may have 450,000 deer... The number of deer shot by hunters dropped to 175,745 in 2014-2015 from the peak of 261,260 in 2009-2010. That’s a 33 percent drop... 

Weather cited for increase in Ohio deer harvest December 6, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch
... The total opening-day take of 22,256 was 4,744 more than the 17,512 reported a year ago. However, the total fell slightly below the 2013 total of 22,619 and considerably below the 39,071 reported only five years ago on opening day in 2010...

Still plenty to learn about deer season December 5, 2015 Ohio, Limaohio
... the DOW has moved from a county-by-county basis ... Parts of counties could be in different DMUs. To assist hunters, “We’ve set up a statewide map, as well as a detailed map of each of the 26 proposed DMUs on our website at www.wildohio.gov/dmu,” ... hunters will be asked to identify the proposed deer management unit they hunted ...

Sharpshooters take aim at Avon Lake deer starting Wednesday December 4, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  sharpshooters to kill an estimated 80 deer on city-owned properties... It will cost an estimated $500 per deer, a cost that includes paying the sharpshooters, buying bait and baiting areas to lure the deer, renting a refrigerated truck to take the deer to be processed ...

Cleveland Metroparks' deer culling to resume December 4, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  the program's inception in 1998 ... Earlier this year, the team took 405 deer ... Critics insist that using firearms and powerful bows to thin deer herds is  unnecessary because contraceptive methods provide a tamer alternative...

... Hunters checked 22,256 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 30, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season ... [17,512 taken on the opening day last year]

Avon Lake, Deer culling in Avon Lake, Bay Village to start next week December 2, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... Sharpshooters will begin the process of reducing the deer population for Avon Lake as well as Bay Village’s land at Walker Road Park starting Dec. 9...  City Council passed the Ten-Year Deer Management Plan ...

Ohio Data: Some hunter groups estimate only 450,000 deer in 2015.  About 660,000 in 2015 and 640,000 deer in 2014 estimated from harvest data and deer-vehicle collisions.  Goal for 2016 of modest population growth.  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.
     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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