Ohio Deer Population: About 680,000 deer in 2021 and 2020. 670,000 in 2019, 660,000 in 2018, and 670,000 deer in 2017. Nearly stable to modestly increasing in 2018 to 2021. An estimated 660,000 deer in 2015, up from about 640,000 in 2014. Hunting data indicates little change in 2016, a modest increase in 2017, down in 2018, but higher in 20..19 and 2020. The state had been trying to slowly increase the population into 2020 and decrease in 2021. Estimated at about 725,000 prior to the hunting season in . 2013 and 2012. A recent peak population of about 800,000 deer in the 2006. Herd analysis at right.


Ohio Deer News

ODNR testing for chronic wasting disease in deer in Marion County January 10, 2022 Ohio, YAHOO!News

... Additional deer samples are needed in response to recent CWD positive cases and to better understand CWD in Ohio ...


Worthington leaders keeping tabs on local deer populations January 6, 2022 Ohio, Yahoo News

... according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, an estimated 680,000 deer are in Ohio ... Advising residents not to feed the deer also wouldn’t have “any appreciable effect on the size of the deer herd,” according to the report ...


South Euclid’s pilot program sees 61 female deer sterilized; first of three-year study in using method other than culling December 29, 2021 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... nonprofit White Buffalo, Inc. sterilized 61 female deer in Wards 3 and 4 of South Euclid ... that means we avoided having 122 deer born in Wards 3 and 4 for one year ... Now we have a stable population...


Active COVID-19 Infection – By at Least Three Virus Variants – Detected in Wild Deer in 6 Ohio Locations December 23, 2021 SciTechDaily

... Based on genomic sequencing of the samples collected between January and March 2021, researchers determined that variants infecting wild deer matched strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that had been prevalent in Ohio COVID-19 patients at the time...


Deer gun season comes to a close with record harvest and no injuries December 21, 2021 Ohio, Mansfield News Journal

... The combined gun harvests of 87,439 whitetail deer were above the three-year average of 84,244...


South Euclid participates in multi-year deer population study December 13, 2021 Ohio, Cleveland Jewish News

... The city of South Euclid is participating in a three-to-five-year study to determine the feasibility of managing the white-tailed deer population through fertility control... Based on findings from the Clifton deer research project in Cincinnati, it is estimated the first year of operation will significantly restrict herd growth ...


Changes have reshaped Ohio’s deer hunting seasons December 12, 2021 Yahoo

... a lot of deer hunting takes place earlier in the season, leaving gun hunters considerably fewer deer ... As late as 1995, three out of four deer checked were taken during gun week ... years later — during some of the peak years for the state’s deer population — well over half the whitetails taken were tagged during gun week ...


Plenty of deer survive the hunting seasons December 10, 2021 Ohio Yahoo News

... an estimated free-ranging statewide herd of somewhere between 600,000 and three-quarters of a million ... estimated 300,000 hunters who participate in Ohio’s annual deer gun season ... white-tailed deer were extirpated from Ohio by the end of the 1800s until conservation efforts saw them reintroduced in the 1920s ..,


South Euclid set to start deer sterilization research program Dec. 11 December 9, 2021 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... The city will soon see the beginning of a sterilization program that, if proven successful, could impact how other communities in the state or nation manage their deer population...


Ohio hunters harvest 70K deer during gun week December 9, 2021 Dayton Daily News

... Over the past three years, hunters checked an average of 65,280 deer during the same weeklong period, which marks an 8% increase in 2021...


Good weather week may produce big deer harvest December 3, 2021 Ohio, The Lima News

... The weather was much nicer following that miserable opening day in 2020 and it helped increase the harvest..,


Chronic Wasting Disease in deer is here in Ohio, has surprising source December 1, 2021 YAHOO!News

... The first cases of CWD in Ohio were discovered in 2014 in a privately owned hunting preserve in Holmes County, after which the entire herd was destroyed. Since then, 25 deer on four other private facilities in Holmes and Wayne Counties have tested positive, but none in free-ranging deer until December 2020... tissue samples from a mature buck shot on private property in Wyandot County tested positive for the disease ...


Gun season begins as deer upstate test positive for COVID November 30, 2021 Ohio, Logan Daily News

... The Ohio State University Associate Professor Andy Bowman told The Logan Daily News that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been found in deer in northeast Ohio...


Archers rule annual Ohio deer harvest November 30, 2021 Ohio's Country Journal

... The number of hunters chasing deer with archery equipment in Ohio continues to grow. During the 2020-21 deer season, 48% of deer were taken with archery equipment, including 33% using a crossbow and 15% using a vertical bow ...


Busy week ahead for Ohio deer hunters November 27, 2021 Yahoo News

... Ohio's deer herd is estimated at around 700,000 animals... there will be close to 300,000 hunters out in the woodlots, fields... The pandemic got much of the credit for the fact the 2020 harvest was about 10 percent higher than the average of the three previous seasons...


Hunters with less have much to teach November 22, 2021, Ohio, The Courier ... deer hunting has evolved into big business and an almost competitive nature among some hunters. Ohio’s growing deer herd — now hovering around 700,000 ... Magazine covers, websites and media posts show off big bucks and happy hunters...


Coronavirus found in deer means hunters should take precautions November 13, 2021 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... white-tailed deer may be a reservoir for the virus to continually circulate and raise concerns about the emergence of new strains that may prove a threat to wildlife and, possibly, to humans,” states a news release from Penn State...


Video Below: Ohio’s White-tailed Deer: An Update on Herd Health and Condition – Mike Tonkovich, ODNR - November 1, 2021

Shaker’s new deer culling program includes limited border ‘encroachment’ into Beachwood October 26, 2021 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... the deer population in Shaker appears to be down, possibly owing in part to some of the herd remaining on the Beachwood side of the border ... deer in the area seem to be learning where to go to stay safe ... “Deer aren’t stupid,” ...


Video Below: 2021-22 Ohio Deer Season

Forecast

Early Ohio deer kill lags behind October 15, 2021 Outdoor News

... It is estimated that Ohio’s deer herd consists of around 600,000 to 800,000 animals. And projections are that between 185,000 and 1995,000 deer will be killed by all means when the last of Ohio’s deer seasons concludes Feb. 6..,


Richmond Heights deer count to take place in late November, culling could follow shortly after October 6, 2021 Ohio, cleveland.com

... Richmond Heights City Council’s Safety and Recreation Committee heard from the USDA’s Caleb Wellman about the next step toward culling -- performing an infrared count of the city’s deer... The USDA has offered to cull Richmond Heights’ deer -- up to 50 this year -- for $35,000. ($700 per deer) ...


EHD, ODNR investigating possible virus in deer herds October 2, 2021 Ohio, The Crescent-News

... “From late August to late September, we see cyclical patterns of the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD or HD) in Ohio.” ... Last year, in Allen County, according to Dickinson, several herds of deer died because of the virus....


South Euclid prepares for deer culling in October, sterilization in December September 28, 2021 Ohio, cleveland.com

... South Euclid’s program will have a twist that its leaders are hoping will lead to a new way of managing the deer population in communities statewide, and perhaps across the country... throughout the county communities are using the old tool of shooting deer. And, from what we see statistically, that’s not an effective way to control the deer population over the long term...


Tis the season for deer-vehicle crashes in Ohio September 27, 2021 Ohio, Richland Source

... 17,688 deer-vehicle (D-V) crashes were reported statewide last year, a decrease of 1,687 over the deer crashes from 2019.... November is the peak month for such collisions, representing 23% of Ohio’s D-V crashes...


Ohio deer gun harvest numbers will be hard-pressed to match last year's September 19, 2021 Columbus Dispatch

... Tonkovich does know the overall deer population has held steady or slightly increased in most counties as the result of regulations designed to stabilize the population at target levels deemed appropriate for each county landscape..,


Highland Heights set for third year of deer culling; new sign coming for community park September 17, 2021 Ohio, cleveland.com

... “We’re entering into an agreement with the USDA, the same type of thing we’ve done the last couple of years. They’ll come in in November and do their infrared count (of all the deer in the city) ... the city entering into a third consecutive agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to count and cull deer...


Landscape Features Fail to Explain Spatial Genetic Structure in White‐Tailed Deer Across Ohio, USA 2021 The Journal of Wildlife Management

...Landscape genetics approaches are increasingly used to better understand potential pathways for CWD spread in white-tailed deer, but little is known about genetic structure of white-tailed deer in Ohio... Our results indicated widespread genetic connectivity of white-tailed deer across Ohio and negligible effects of landscape features. These patterns likely reflect some combination of minimal resistive effects of landscape features on white-tail deer movement in Ohio and the effects of regional recolonization or translocation...


Richmond Heights prepares for deer culling in coming months September 8, 2021 Ohio, cleveland.com

... “The first thing is a survey of the deer population in town,” he said. “I believe that is in the works in Richmond Heights, and once we have that (information), we’ll have a good handle on what the base (deer) population is in Richmond Heights... and enable us to make some management decisions on what needs to be removed.” ...


Study showing coronavirus present in deer no cause for alarm August 9, 2021 Ohio, YAHOO!News

... "The study that we did really just looked at whether deer had antibodies to SARS-COVID-2, and we were not looking at whether they currently have the virus or the prevalence of the virus," ... not intended to determine whether the deer were replicating and shedding the virus...


Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance area established in north-central Ohio June 12, 2021 Ohio, The Highland County Press

... The first wild deer that tested positive for CWD in the 2020-21 season was a mature buck harvested in fall 2020 in Wyandot County. The second wild deer, a yearling doe, was taken from the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area refuge during a controlled hunt in January 2021...


North Olmsted police help rescue baby deer, reunite fawn with mom June 1, 2021 Ohio, fox8.com

... a baby deer was stuck in a sewer grate ... mom stood nearby to watch the rescue, and the two were soon reunited...


Rare photos of four deer swimming majestically and trotting along the beaches of Lake Erie in Mentor May 20, 2021 Ohio, WKYC3

... stunning images of the deer swimming almost farther than they can see and coming back to land to trot along the beachfront ...


Euclid votes to not allow deer hunting on residential property May 18, 2018 Ohio,

News-Herald.com

... One of the determining factors in council's decision to vote down the ordinance was the concern for possible safety issues ... there's no guarantee that a surviving deer would remain on one property after it had been shot, or that individuals on neighboring properties would not be in danger of rogue arrows...


2021-22 hunting regulations approved May 2, 2021 Ohio, Times Reporter

... All county bag limits will be the same as last year as the population has stabilized..,


Ohio Wildlife Council Approves 2021-22 Hunting Regulations April 8, 2021

peakofohio.com

... Deer populations in Ohio have shown increased growth over the last several years. Expanding the use of deer management permits statewide on private lands helps keep populations near targeted numbers while also maintaining a healthy and robust deer population on public lands..,


DOW zeroes in on area where CWD found March 20, 2021 Ohio, The Lima News

... there are two confirmed cases of CWD in Ohio’s wild deer herd ... taken within a 10-mile radius... in Wyandot County ... DOW plans continued surveillance in that specific area and plans on thinning the herd ...


Chronic Wasting Disease identified in Northeast Ohio deer March 8, 2021 Ohio, FOX8 Cleveland

... a second positive test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a wild white-tailed deer in Wyandot County... a mature buck taken in December 2020...


Submit comments now for Ohio's hunting, fishing proposals March 5, 2021 Ohio,

Record Herald

... Comments will be accepted through Sunday, March 14 ... One regulation proposal would allow antlerless white-tailed deer to be taken from all public hunting areas from Sept. 25, 2021, to Feb. 6, 2022, provided that a hunter takes only one antlerless deer from these lands per license year...


ODNR sharpshooters have culled 31 of a planned 60 South Euclid deer February 22, 2021 Ohio, cleveland.com

... In past committee meetings, it was decided that the city would take a holistic approach to thinning the deer population... would include, in addition to utilizing sharpshooters, awaiting funding to use a sterilization method being championed by Cuyahoga County Councilwoman and South Euclid resident Sunny Simon...


Even with increased deer kill, Ohio wildlife division looking to cull more February 21, 2021 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch

... Tonkovich said the need to get whitetail numbers close to county population targets is behind a proposal that would expand the use of discounted deer-management permits on private land to all 88 Ohio counties ..,


‘Elderly for her species’: Catching up with internet sensation Dillie the deer, now 17 February 16, 2021 Ohio, FOX8 Cleveland

... It was back in 2004 that Butera took in the three-day-old blind, dying fawn after her mother refused her. Dillie went on to live in Butera’s home and become part of the family, even getting a bedroom of her own...


No Official Deer Population Count, But Division of Wildlife Has Its Ways February 16, 2021 Ohio, whbc.com

... Ohio Division of Wildlife ... say there were more deer out there this just-ended hunting season..,

Great numbers recorded during deer season February 15, 2021 Ohio, Morrow County Sentinel

... Deer populations in Ohio have shown increased growth over the last several years. Expanding the use of deer management permits statewide on private lands helps keep populations near targeted numbers while also maintaining a healthy and robust deer population on public lands..,


Did COVID-induced cabin fever spur hunters in Ohio to post higher deer numbers in 2020-21? February 14, 2021 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch

...about a 7.2% bump. The average take during the past three years has been 180,921 ... A chunk of the increase in the deer kill is reflected in hunting license and permit sales in Ohio, Tonkovich noted. As of mid-December, license sales were up about 5% from the previous year, while the sale of deer permits increased by about 4%..,


ODNR official says snow, cold weather helped deer hunters this season February 10, 2021 Ohio, WKBN

... Snow makes deer move more, making it easier to track. Officials have also changed some tag limit regulations, and more hunters were out for gun and archery season... the number of hunters from last season to this season is up ..,


Ohio deer hunting season concludes with most deer killed since 2012 February 9, 2021 cleveland.com

... “We are pleased to see an increased number of deer taken this season as Ohio’s hunters spent more time in the woods during the fall and winter,” ..,


Ohio's 2020-2021 Deer Hunting Season Concludes February 8, 2021 DNR News

... hunting seasons concluded Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 with 197,735 deer harvested, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. That total is the highest since 218,910 deer were taken during the 2012-2013 hunting season... hunters harvested 80,003 bucks, accounting for 40% of the total harvest. Does represented 48% of the harvest with 94,771 taken, while 19,629 button bucks were taken, for 10%. Bucks with shed antlers and bucks with antlers less than 3 inches long accounted for 3,332 deer, or 2% of the harvest..,


CWD, White-tailed deer in Ohio tests positive for wildlife disease December 15, 2020 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch

... identified chronic wasting disease, CWD, in a tissue sample from a wild white-tailed deer in Wyandot County ... this is the first time ODNR has recorded CWD in a wild deer, since the agency began routine surveillance and testing in 2002..,


Bad weather marred opening day, but gun hunters took more deer this year than last year December 13, 2020 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch

... The state deer total for firearms and archery through Tuesday stood at 157,194, which is 9,285 more, an increase of 6.3 percent, than the 147,909 checked a year ago at the same point in the season...


Highland Heights, USDA culls 60 deer in Highland Heights, with more likely to come December 12, Ohio,Cleveland.com

... United States Department of Agriculture sharpshooters were in town ... culling deer ... the USDA counted 280 deer living in the city, or about 54.4 per square mile...


Deer totals up in county December 8, 2020 Ohio, Morning Journal News

... Deer hunting in Ohio has come a long way since the first gun season in 1943, when only three counties were open for hunting and 158 deer were taken. Today, deer hunting occurs in all 88 counties and an estimated 310,000 hunters participated during Ohio’s weeklong deer-gun season..


Ohio’s deer population is ‘just right’ December 3, 2020 Farm and Dairy

... Deer had pretty much disappeared from Ohio by the early 1900s... A huge effort was made starting in the early 1930s to bring deer back by means of trapping and transferring, ... the Division of Wildlife estimates that the herd grew by 80% from 1998 to 2008... Ohio’s deer population has been allowed to build the last few years and has probably stabilized ..,


Northwest Ohio Hunters Asked to Submit Deer Samples for Testing December 1, 2020 Ohio, West Bend News

... The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is encouraging white-tailed deer hunters in Lucas, Fulton, and Williams counties in northwest Ohio to submit samples of harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)...


Cuyahoga County considers giving $85K to South Euclid to sterilize deer December 2, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... rather than sharpshooters or bow hunters — to control the suburb’s deer population... Simon told the committee, the method could save the city money by providing a long-term solution rather than repeatedly spending money on sharpshooters...


ODNR sees spike in hunters as deer-gun season opens November 30, 2020 Ohio, Times Recorder

... deer permit sales have increased by 3 percent in 2020 compared to the same time last year (245,739 permits in 2020; 238,552 permits in 2019)... The statewide limit is six deer, and only one can be antlered..,


Big bucks to be had in the Buckeye State November 28, 2020 Ohio, The Courier

... From the early 1970s statewide deer population of fewer than 50,000 animals to today’s number that’s more than 10 times that figure ... Early laws were designed to protect antlerless deer, which puts more pressure on the remaining bucks. The goal was to allow the deer population to grow..,


Hunters preparing for deer gun season in Ohio November 22, 2020 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch

... wildlife division revenues. Hunting licenses in 2019 generated some $10.8 million, about 15 percent of the $72.6 million total, and deer permits accounted for some $8.8 million, about 12 percent... federal dollars, some $23.8 million, or about 33 percent ...


Shaker Heights, Thinning the herd: Shaker gives green light to fifth annual deer culling program, with a few changes October 30, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... $58,000 price tag and the contractor, Precision Wildlife Management LTD, run by retired Shaker Police Lt. James Mariano ... the state limit set at 40 deer... Cleveland Food Bank will not accept “venison-certified” meat without full USDA approval ...


Chronic Wasting Disease, Hunters asked to help keep Ohio's deer healthy October 22, 2020 Ohio, WFMJ

... To help protect Ohio's deer herd from CWD, hunters should properly dispose of their deer carcasses by double-bagging all high-risk parts (brain, spinal cord, eyes, and lymphoid tissue) ... To minimize the risk of spreading CWD, hunters planning to hunt outside of Ohio are reminded to follow carcass regulations prior to returning...


Ohio entering peak months for deer-related crashes October 21, 2020 WXIX

... 19,375 deer-related crashes were reported on Ohio roadways in 2019, according to the stats from the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). Almost half, 46%, of those crashes happened in October, November, and December ...


Highland Heights enters into agreement with USDA for culling up to 100 deer, infrared count October 15, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... City Council unanimously approved Tuesday (Oct. 13) legislation that will allow for an infrared deer count and culling in the coming months... an infrared count nearly a year ago and found that there were approximately 286 deer in Highland Heights, for an extremely high average of 55 per square mile...


Ohio 2020 Acorn Mast Survey Results October 8, 2020 Ohio Division of Wildlife

... The 16th annual mast survey was completed on 38 wildlife areas. An average of 26.7% of white oaks and 69.8% of red oaks bore fruit this year ... Numerous studies have linked the abundance of mast crops to body condition, winter survival, and reproductive success of white-tailed deer ...


South Euclid council approves culling deer with sharpshooters September 30, 2020 Ohio, cleveland.com

... a 7-0 vote ... to enter into an agreement with the USDA’s wildlife division for the culling program ...survey showed that 32.7 percent of respondents strongly favored using lethal means ... 48.8 percent favored using non-lethal means, such as sterilization or contraceptives, as compared to lethal means...


Ohio's deer season begins amid optimism, some changes in regulations September 27, 2020 Columbus Dispatch

... “I do think we’ll see about 190,000 deer taken this year,” he said. “Most of the increase will come in the antlerless harvest because of changes in the regulations.” biologist Mike Tonkovich, the deer project administrator for the Ohio Division of Wildlife..,


Lyndhurst likely to utilize USDA services to count, sharpshoot deer September 27, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... Lyndhurst has not had a deer count conducted since 2014 ... it was extremely inaccurate and (Lyndhurst) mayor (Joseph) Cicero, at the time, was very dissatisfied with the validity of the count.” ... Lyndhurst is considering using USDA sharpshooters ...


South Euclid expected to use USDA sharpshooters to cull deer, but also look to sterilization September 15, 2020 Ohio, The Plain Dealer Cleveland

... about 28 deer per square mile in South Euclid ... [well withing the deer density capacity for a suburban area] ... the city’s council is in agreement that deer will again be culled early next year after another infrared count ... Councilwoman Sunny Simon favors sterilization as a means of more effectively limiting deer population...


ODNR continues to work on Chronic Wasting Disease prevention September 14, 2020 Ohio, Wooster Daily Record

... Latest pen with CWD positive is depopulated ... the five-year ban on what the landowners could do with the property expired, and in a proactive move, The Division of Wildlife stepped up to make sure no wild deer would be stepping on the site... there are still (CWD) prions on the land ...


Highland Heights planning another infrared deer count, second round of culling September 11, 2020 Ohio, cleveland.com

... On Nov. 25, 2019, the USDA conducted a deer count in Highland Heights and found that the city, at 5.2 square miles, held 280 deer -- or 54.4 deer per square mile. The average per square mile was considered quite high, as the optimum number of deer in a city per square mile is thought to be 15 to 20. [This article links to a page on this website which shows that the optimum number of deer is NOT 15 to 20, that a suburb can support over 100 deer per square mile and some communities are targeting 50 deer per square mile.] ...


Richmond Heights’ deer population problem could cost up to $200,000 to solve September 2, 2020 Ohio, The Plain Dealer Cleveland

... DeNicola said that many Richmond Heights deer could easily be culled through lethal means in more wide open spaces ... The deer that live near homes would require a trap-and-euthanize method, which is more costly than shooting deer. Such means of culling would also take place in view of many residents, which DeNicola said can be disturbing to some...


Fawns who fell in Parma pool let out a ’deer cheer’ after being rescued by police September 1, 2020 Ohio, 19 Action News

... Police said the fawns were tired but happy, you can hear them let out a “deer cheer” of appreciation after being rescued. [video in story] ...


Richmond Heights council seeks best way to reduce city’s deer population August 5, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... if your issue is flowers in a neighborhood, it makes no sense to wipe out a family of deer and have 50 more come in. ... DeNicola told of how contraception or sterilization can be expensive, at a cost of about $1,000 per deer, but that it can be a more effective way of reducing the number of deer within a community...


South Euclid examines sterilization as a means to control deer population July 28, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

...last October, when a survey of residents showed ... contraception or sterilization, 48.8 percent were in support... through bow hunting, perhaps 20 percent of the deer can be captured, but that through the dart/surgical method he described, he can capture 100 percent of the city’s deer. “I can sterilize all of the females ...


Feeding deer and other wildlife in South Euclid could result in misdemeanor charge July 14, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... Those found guilty of an offense would be charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor for the first offense, and a first-degree misdemeanor for subsequent offenses. A fourth-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, and a first-degree misdemeanor carries a jail sentence of as many as 180 days ...


South Euclid Council committee, so far, favors hunting as best means of reducing deer population June 23, 2020 Ohio, cleveland.com

... Continenza said, hunting, as the least expensive alternative of three -- including using sharpshooters and sterilization -- will be examined more closely... count found that South Euclid had 130 deer or more living within its borders, or about 28 per square mile...


South Euclid Council trying to determine the best way to limit city’s deer population June 9, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... An infrared count ... about 28 per square mile ... If asked to choose between using lethal or non-lethal means to control the deer population, 62.4 percent would stated they would choose non-lethal methods, compared to 37.7 percent favoring lethal means...


Kayakers find deer swimming in Lake Erie, steer it to safety May 27, 2020 Ohio, FOX8 Cleveland

... the deer kept swimming north, out farther into the lake... they were able to get the deer closer to the beach. Eventually, it got back on land ...


Some facts, but not all, are out on CWD case in Wayne County May 26, 2020 Ohio, The Daily Record

... third case of Chronic Wasting Disease in a captive breeding facility ... a 6-year-old female mule deer that had been purchased from out of state ... "Depopulation is pending the indemnity plan approval.” ...


Trapped Fawn Saved By Westlake Police May 26, 2020 Ohio, Patch

... found the fawn wedged between fences. The fawn's mother was stomping nearby ...The officer had to get a breaching tool to free the fawn ...


Chronic Wasting Disease detected in deer on Wayne County farm May 16, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland

... ODA investigators found a doe with CWD in a herd on the farm ... CDW has never been found in Ohio’s wild deer herd population, according to ODA...


2020-21 Ohio hunting season approved by wildlife council May 14, 2020 Fox 28

... The statewide deer bag limit remains at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit...


USDA count of deer in South Euclid stands between 130-167 March 12, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... estimates that there are between 130 and 167 deer in the city. Two USDA deer counters each used hand-held thermal imagers while driving down each city street between 6 and 9:50 p.m. on the day of the survey. During that time, 130 deer were actually seen...


Group believes Ohio has foundation to bring elk back February 29, 2020 Ohio, Toledo Blade

... after European settlement in America and eventually Ohio, overhunting and habitat loss caused the elk to disappear from Ohio by 1838.” ... we’ve seen healthy elk herds established in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky ...


Deer proposals would offer changes in 42 counties February 28, 2020 Ohio, The Lima News

... While some counties will move to three-deer counties and others will drop to two-deer counties, there are three counties (Clinton, Fayette and Pickaway) that have a one-deer limit. Metropolitan areas continue to have a four-deer limit...


Lyndhurst, A look inside Lyndhurst's deer culling program February 28, 2020 Ohio, WKYC-TV Cleveland

... For the first three years of their program, deer were trapped and euthanized by an outside entity. Success was limited ... "This year we transitioned to sharpshooters, our own personnel, on public lands," ... He knows some don't agree with killing the deer ...


Deer limit reduction in Delaware County raises eyebrows February 23, 2020 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch

... the division proposed reducing the 2020-21 season deer limit in Delaware County from four to three... . “The growth is mostly in the southern one-third of the county, and the reality is that in the northern two-thirds of the county hunters have done a pretty good job reducing the deer herd.” ..,


Deer culling discussion migrates into Mayfield Village February 19, 2020 Ohio, Cleveland.com

... “We don’t really have that big of a problem, not the same problem Highland Heights has,” Bodnar said. “And the areas that seem to be experiencing the problem are not appropriate for sharpshooting.” The Highland Heights culling program, which is to be carried out by USDA sharpshooters, will only take place on public property...

Ohio Data: About 680,000 deer in 2021 and 2020, 670,000 in 2019 and 660,000 in 2018. The state has not issued a recent population estimate, but comments to the press give a rough estimate of between 600,000 to 750,000 or 800,000 in 2021 with one reported estimate at 680,000. Regulation changes and more hunters as a result of the pandemic contributed to a 7% increase in the deer kill for 2020. An increased kill of antlerless deer was proposed for 2021 to reduce the population. Better hunting weather in 2021 compared to 2020 increased the deer kill. A stable to moderately increasing deer population in 2019 and 2020.


About 670,000 deer in 2019 and 660,000 in 2018. Population numbers are estimated from hunting data, deer-vehicle collisions and comments from ODNR about population trends [sources].


Hunting regulations prior to 2018-19 were designed to allow for moderate herd growth given the downward trend since 2009-10. A decline in the 2018 deer hunt was partially attributed to weather and restrictions on public land. A stable trend for the population in 2016 and stable to a slight increase for 2017 and 2018. A 2018 survey put the hunter success rate at about 34 percent for private land hunters and 14 percent for public land hunters.


About 670,000 deer in 2017 up from about 640,000 in 2016, 660,000 deer in 2015, and 640,000 in 2014. The ODNR population goal from 2014 to 2016 was to restrict hunting to allow the population to increase. In 2017 restrictions were eased to moderate growth, but below average acorn production down in 2017 so less food for deer. To boost the population there was a significant reduction in antlerless permits and reduced deer limits, contributing to the decline in the 2016 hunt results.


About 20 deer per square mile in 2016. The hunting limit in 2016 was six deer total, one buck. A lower than average mast crop, early harvest of farm crops, and good weather contributed to the increase in the 2015 deer kill. Ohio issued fewer deer permits in 2015 and 2014 as hunters complained that deer have been over harvested. About 25,000 captive white-tail deer in over 500 deer breeding farms, 2016.


The Ohio deer population was estimated at 700,000 to 750,000 prior to the hunting season in 2013 and 2012. Another estimate of 700,000 to 750,000 in mid-2011 and 750,000 in October. 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. Hunters requested reduced bag limits after the Ohio deer harvest fell by 12.5% in 2013.


An estimate of the peak population of 800,000 deer in 2006.


The eastern and southeastern forests have matured, reducing deer habitat. Read the ODNR analysis of deer trends.


Population estimates: The Division of Wildlife estimates that the herd grew by 80% from 1998 to 2008. Population estimates: 1940: 2,000. 1950: 12,748. 1960: 8,000. 1968: 22,000. 1965: 17,000. 1970: 17,000. About 750,000 in early 2000s. In 2001 pre-hunt 500,000 to 525,000 and 475,000 pre-hunt in 2000.


Graph Below is from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, October, 2021. Hunter Observations 2004 to 2020

Peak of the rut is November 11 to November 17.

Protection of white deer: Since 1987, when there was a public uproar over a white deer being killed, a deer more than 50 percent white cannot be legally harvested. 10,000 years ago reindeer/caribou lived in what became Ohio.


Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The state has been testing for CWD 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. A buck tested positive on a hunting preserve in 2017. In 2019, the first case of CWD in a wild deer taken in Wyandot County.


Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD). Confirmed in August, 2017, in a wild whitetail buck from Lorain County and spreading with intensity to Middleburg and Berea. Previous outbreak in 2012.


History. 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. One estimate puts the peak population at 800,000 in 2006. 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. Around 1980, shotgun hunters took about 90 percent of the deer. In 2014 about half were taken by bow hunters, including crossbows. In 2014 the state moved to a more. county based management.


Elk The last Elk in Ohio was reportedly killed in 1840 in Ashtabula County. The Ohio Geological Survey talks of “ample evidence” of an abundance of buffalo and elk in northern Ohio.


Wolves “In the 1800s, wolf pelts sold for $15 apiece — the equivalent to more than $300 per pelt today. Because of this inflated reward rate, wolves were fully extinguished from Ohio in 1842."


Coyotes first arrived in 1919.


Bobcats a small breeding population mostly in the southeast.