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Deer Population and Management


Ohio Deer Population and Management News Archive
See the Ohio page for the latest news and an historical summary.
Annual Hunter Reported Kill
(modern deer hunt started in 1943)
1901 - 1942 closed
1943:        168
1944:        117
1945:          62
1946:      closed
1947:     1,000
1948:     1,600
1949:     closed
1950:     3,500
1951:     closed
1952:        450
1953:     closed
1954:     closed
1955:      4,200
1956:      3,911
1957:      4,784
1958:      4,415
1959:      2,960
1960:      2,584
1961:     closed
1962:      2,114
1963:      2,074
1964:      1,326
1965:         406
1966:      1,074
1967:      1,437
1968:      1,396
1969:      2,105
1970:      2,387
1971:      3,831
1972:      5,074
1973:      7,594
1974:    10,747
1975:    14,972
1976:    23,431
1977:    22,319
1978:    22,967
1979:    34,874
1980:    40,499
1981:    47,634
1982:    52,885
1983:    59,812
1984:    66,860
1985:    64,263
1986:    67,626
1987:    79,355
1988:  100,674
1989     91,236
1990     98,468
1991   119,215
1992   126,113
1993   138,752
1994   170,527
1995   179,543
1996   158,000
1997   153,159
1998   118,270
1999:  126,770
2000:  150,432
2001:  165,124
2002:  204,652 
2003:  197,790
2004:   216,443
2005:   209,513
2006:   237,316
2007:   232,212
2008:   252,017
2009:  261,260
2010:  239,476
2011:   219,748
2012:  218,910
2013:  191,503 

Declining population since 2006 at about 700,000 - 750,000
Summary of 2011-2012 Deer Hunt


Deer-gun season by year

Year Deer checked 
2007   103,195 
2008   116,797 
2009   114,633 
2010   104,442 
2011     90,282 
2012     86,964 
2013     75,408 

Deer hunting was suspended in Ohio from the early 1900s to 1943 to allow of recovery of a herd decimated by over hunting.