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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)
1943:        168
1956:     3,911
2001: 165,124
2003: 197,790
2006: 236,676
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.