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 2006.
A dozen Cuyahoga County cities now use sharpshooters to reduce their deer numbers January 21, 2023 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... A decade ago, only one city in Cuyahoga County - Solon - was permitted by the state to kill deer as part of a targeted removal effort and now the number is up to 12 ... It costs about $1,000 to surgically sterilize a doe or to immobilize a deer and administer an infertility drug ...
Ohio deer kill numbers up in 2022, but what will next year's hunting regulations bring? January 15, 2023 Yahoo
... . In 2019, permit sales totaled 393,367, a decline from the peak of 231,541, or about 37.1%. Deer permit sales have increased slightly to a little north of 400,000 in recent years, including 406,919 during the current season. Nevertheless, the decline in license and permit sales from the top sales years represents huge shortfalls in potential revenue...
More than 13,000 deer checked during Ohio’s muzzleloader season January 12, 2023 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... The season total for all forms of hunting is 201,292, the first time the total has exceeded 200,000 since 2012, according to ODNR. [an increase of 2.2% over 2021]. As of Tuesday, 406,919 permits have been issued for deer hunting..,
Parma Heights to begin two-month deer culling program January 11, 2023 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... The upcoming deer culling effort -- taking place in January and February -- includes ODNR approving 55 permits, which equates to deer kills. If needed, the city can get an additional 40 permits this season...
Ohio Department of Natural Resources spends millions on body cameras for wildlife officers December 18, 2022 The Columbus Dispatch
... In December 2020, wildlife officer Kevin Behr was shot and seriously wounded while investigating a possible deer hunting violation in Clinton County... "These new cameras have the ability to protect natural resources and wildlife officers while also offering transparency to the public." ...
Deer kill numbers in Ohio are up as more hunters are embracing use of rifles December 11, 2022 Yahoo
... Four counties hit hard during the summer and fall by outbreaks of deadly epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) had significant declines in harvest during gun week. In southwestern Ohio, Butler County ended down 23%, Hamilton fell 21% and Warren declined 11%. In southeastern Ohio, the Vinton County take slipped 12%...
Brooklyn hoping to deter potential deer hunters with penalty increase December 7, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... “As with all penalties, this increase in penalty is to deter people from hunting in Brooklyn. “We’re very densely populated, and we don’t want to see someone hurt as a result.” ...
Ohio’s deer gun season brings above-average numbers for hunters December 6, 2022 Cleveland.com
... Nearly 72,000 deer were harvested during the most recent deer gun season in Ohio, more than 3,500 above the average during the past three years... 26,355 bucks (37%), 36,546 does (51%) and 7,983 button bucks (11%)...
Two days conducting dental examinations on whitetail deer December 2, 2022 Ohio, Yahoo.com
... Despite many claims that antler size, hair color, or body mass can be used to accurately assess a deer’s age, the most dependable method involves ... taking a look at its teeth... By the time the deer gets to be one-and-a-half years old ... two additional molars will have emerged behind the original four bringing the total per jaw up to six...
ODNR roundup: Three cases of Chronic Wasting Disease found in Ohio deer November 30, 2022 Ohio, YAHOO!News
... The three positive CWD cases confirmed this fall were all deer harvested by hunters. Two of the deer were confirmed in Wyandot County and one in Marion County..,
How Ohio deer hunting has changed November 28, 2022 News5Cleveland.com
... the Ohio Division of Wildlife's data shows how the number of deer permits issued each year continues to fall. Last year, about 404,000 permits were issued, a 35% drop compared to the peak of nearly 625,000 in 2009..,
Youth deer hunting results in Ohio could be a good sign for gun week November 27, 2022 YAHOO!News
... The gun week take, which not long ago routinely pushed north of 100,000, in recent years has averaged in the 65,000-70,000 range for a variety of reasons. Those include fewer deer than in the Ohio heyday, fewer places to hunt, a declining hunter population and the embrace of bow hunting, particularly crossbow use..,
CWD Testing Continues in Surveillance Area November 22, 2022 Ohio, ODNR News
... The three positive CWD cases confirmed this fall were all deer harvested by hunters. Two of the deer were confirmed in Wyandot County and one in Marion County... Since the fall of 2020, 14 wild deer have tested positive for CWD, all in Marion and Wyandot counties..,
Youth hunters get another shot at lifting deer numbers November 13, 2022 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... In 2007, the youth gun weekend produced a record take of 10,059. Unsurprisingly, that occurred during a decade when the number of deer on the huntable landscape likely reached its modern peak..,
Ohio Deer Processors Convicted in Massive Poaching and “Whitetail Deer Commercialization” Case November 8, 2022 Field & Stream
... Ohio officials convicted 14 defendants of more than 100 felony and misdemeanor charges ... “grand theft, possession of untagged deer parts, hunting with illegal implements, and complicity to wildlife sales.” ...
How 14 Ohio deer hunters got $70k in fines November 3, 2022 NBC4 Columbus
... case against 14 individuals, who were charged with 122 counts of various felonies and misdemeanors, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities, grand theft, falsification, tampering with records, possession of untagged deer parts, hunting with an illegal implement and complicity to wildlife sales...
Deer collisions hit peak in November, December - November 2, 2022 Ohio, WFMJ.com
...Since 2017, there have been more than 100,000 deer-related crashes in Ohio ...
Shaker Heights closes ranks with Beachwood on new joint deer culling program October 25, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... City Council voted unanimously Monday (Oct. 24) in favor of a new and expanded deer sharpshooting program with the City of Beachwood... the city has been culling the deer herd since 2016 ...
South Euclid, Deer culling under way in South Euclid, with second year of sterilization to begin in February October 25, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... It was discovered a couple of months ago that deer wander further than once thought, as some tagged in South Euclid were found as far away as Pennsylvania, as well as in places such as Gates Mills and Waite Hill. Mays said that White Buffalo representatives believe that those deer are anomalies and that most don’t wander that far away...
Cincinnati Urban Deer Advocates to protest bow hunting in urban parks October 18, 2022 Ohio WKRC - Local 12
... Cincinnati Urban Deer Advocates, or CUDA, plan to go to City Hall to protest bow hunting of urban deer and fawns... residents did not know about the hunt until they found arrows or deer entrails on their property...
Acorn abundance influences behaviors of Ohio’s wildlife October 18, 2022 The Pike County News Watchman
... Statewide, the proportion of white oaks bearing acorns (38%) was the same as last year, while the percentage of red oaks with acorns (37%) was down 12%. All results, including tables and historical numbers, are available at wildohio.gov... In poor mast years, deer are forced to use other food sources ...
Oh, deer! How local firefighters helped save a deer October 6, 2022 Ohio, FOX8 Cleveland
... had become stuck in a soccer goal net ...
Beachwood will begin deer culling in partnership with Shaker Heights October 4, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... Mariano said he makes sure residents do not see him while he harvests deer. One Shaker resident did see a deer harvested last year and Mariano apologized and spoke to that person for half an hour. He said he does not shoot fawns ...
Medina, Opponents of Medina deer culling turn focus on voters September 27, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... many residents have concerns about bow hunting’s potential effect on residential daycares, kids out and about, families with children in neighborhoods where culling would be allowed and the safety of people whose properties back up to open space and areas where culling would be permitted...
South Euclid, Deer tagged in South Euclid roam far and wide; third culling season to take place September 17, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... the city became the first in the area to try a sterilization... one deer’s already in Pennsylvania, one’s in Gates Mills ... USDA sharpshooters culled 60 deer in South Euclid two seasons ago, and 101 last season...
Medina City Council officially approves deer bow hunting program September 13, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... Those who wish to cull deer through bow hunting will need to obtain the following in order for a permit to be processed: ... A copy of the hunters declaration page of the applicant’s homeowner/renter insurance policy indicating personal liability insurance coverage of at least $100,000 ...
Additional Deer Hunting and CWD Testing in Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot Counties September 7, 2022 Ohio DNR News
... Since the fall of 2020, 11 wild deer have tested positive for CWD in Ohio, all in Wyandot and Marion counties. In response, a disease surveillance area was established in Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot counties. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer and other similar species, including mule deer, elk, and moose..,
ODNR adds deer hunting dates for Marion County September 6. 2022, Ohio, Yahoo News
... Since the fall of 2020, 11 wild deer have tested positive for CWD in Ohio, all in Marion and Wyandot counties. In response, a disease surveillance area was established in Marion, Wyandot and Hardin ..,
An EHD disease outbreak is killing Ohio's deer in large numbers September 4, 2022 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... “We’re seeing what could be the biggest outbreak yet,” said Mike Tonkovich,.. Cases have been confirmed, using samples from dead deer, in 16 counties ... southwest Ohio already appears to have been hit hard ...
Please Report Deer with EHD September 1, 2022 Ohio Division of Wildlife
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) has been confirmed in Franklin, Hamilton, Perry, Athens, Ross, Warren, Butler, Greene, Preble, Highland, and Union counties. Sandusky and Madison counties are pending further testing. We are asking Ohioans to report their observations of deer with EHD here.
Hunter who shot at deer but hit occupant of a house gets prison September 1, 2022 Ohio, YAHOO!News
... Smith was deer hunting without a license and without permission ... Shooting at a deer, the bullet flew across West Calla Road and struck a resident in his house...
EHD, More deer becoming sick with EHD across Ohio August 25, 2022 Ohio, Spectrum News
... Deer across at least 12 Ohio counties are confirmed to have been infected with Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), and southwest Ohio is seeing an increased number of reports ... “The southwest kind of has been a hotbed for hemorrhagic disease cases,” Mike Tonkovich ..,
Medina continues deer discussions August 23, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... “The consensus that I have reached through even the people who are in favor of the culling is that they would not support culling in any of our neighborhoods, and I’ve always agreed with that,” Simpson said...
Protesters gather as Medina deer culling proposal moves forward August 22, 2022 Ohio, FOX 8 News
... Protesters packed a Medina finance committee meeting where members voted six to one to approve crossbow and longbow hunting of deer inside city limits...
Why so many vehicle crashes involving deer? July 16, 2022 Ohio, The Crescent-News
... According to Clint McCoy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Wildlife Division, Columbus, the increase in the whitetail deer population in the past few years may be a factor..,
Medina will not cull deer through lethal means July 5, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... Last week, City Council’s Special Legislation Committee passed an ordinance on to the full council that would enact a nonlethal plan modeled after a conflict management and coexistence plan from the Medina County Humane Society...
Medina considers allowing crossbow, longbow deer hunting in city limits June 28, 2022 Ohio, FOX8 Cleveland
... We have 50 to 60 or 55 deer per square mile ... City council voted against the proposal during Tuesday evening’s meeting. However, they did agree to adopt a sustainable, non-lethal deer management plan...
The tangled web of wildlife management June 25, 2022 Ohio, The Courier
... there were no whitetail deer in Ohio. Extirpated by 1911 by lack of both seasonal limits and restraint ... In 1922, wildlife officials began restocking wild deer from neighboring states ... Deer populations are down all over the place on national forest land as an artifact of restricted active forest management, and research ..,
Miami University seeks to manage rising deer population May 27, 2022 Ohio, Oxford Observer
... Author Thomas E. Peterson’s master’s thesis from 2018 estimated that, in Miami Natural Areas and Hueston Woods, there were 24 deer per square mile in the spring and 16 deer per square mile in the summer. He found the most deer in Miami’s Bachelor Preserve and Western Woods, with 46 and 35 deer per square mile in the spring [and summer] ...
Researchers Are Trying to Eliminate “Deer in Headlights” Auto Accidents May 24, 2022 Ohio, Field & Stream
. ... The truck was equipped with a rear-facing LED light bar designed to illuminate the full grille to make the vehicle loom larger, giving deer a better idea of what was coming versus the two blinding pinpoints of light they usually see with basic headlights... Vehicles approaching without the frontal illumination were 3.6 times more likely to have a dangerous encounter...
Nine additional deer confirmed with chronic wasting disease May 7, 2022 Ohio, The Crescent-News
... Five of the infected deer were bucks and four were does... Since the fall of 2020, 11 wild deer have tested positive for CWD, all in Wyandot and Marion counties. Nine were confirmed in Wyandot County, and two were confirmed in Marion County..,
Ohio Wildlife Council approves 2022-23 hunting seasons April 18, 2022 The Crescent-News
... In 18 counties, bag limits will increase. Three counties will increase to two deer ... Fifteen counties will increase to three deer ... Deer bag limit increases are designed to slow herd growth and provide additional hunting opportunities...
Gary Brown: Remembering Dillie the Deer April 17, 2022 Ohio, Yahoo! Sports
... our meeting back in Spring 2013 went well. I petted her head and neck as she laid on, then stood near, her bed in her own room in the home of veterinarian Melanie Butera ... I frequently would tune in to "Dillie Cam," to see what the deer was up to ...
Parma Heights considers deer culling effort, seeks resident input with survey April 11, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... Citing safety concerns related to an increase in deer-vehicle crashes ... The issue with deer goes back the better half of a decade when a 2016 ballot issue allowing culling was passed by 56 percent of residents...
Local internet sensation Dillie the deer passes away April 10, 2022 Ohio, FOX8 Cleveland
... at the age of 18 ... Dillie was just 3 days old when Butera took her in. At that point she was blind and dying ...
The dilemma of dealing with CWD March 11, 2022 Ohio, The Courier
... While it’s currently unknown where the outbreak in Wyandot, Hardin and Marion counties originated, many similar infections have been located within deer farms. The first confirmed case of CWD in Ohio was found in a captive deer at a shooting preserve in Holmes County in 2014. Since then, 25 deer from three captive facilities in Holmes and Wayne counties have tested positive for CWD..,
Hunting proposals presented to Ohio Wildlife Council March 6, 2022 Ohio's Country Journal
.. Deer bag limit increases are designed to slow herd growth and provide additional hunting opportunities. Deer bag limits were proposed to be increased in 18 counties. Three counties are proposed to increase to two deer (from one deer) ...
Hobbled deer freed from leg trap February 26, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... an officer reported that the deer was found in the roods stuck in a leg trap. The deer was cut from the trap ...
Ohio not likely to follow in steps of Western states that ban cellular trail cameras February 13, 2022 The Daily Record
... Arizona was the first state to step into the trail camera ban arena, citing “... unfair advantage in the pursuit ... " ... Nevada and Arizona are the only states that have a full ban on the use of any trail cameras for hunting purposes. Montana, Utah, Kansas, New Hampshire and Alaska have partial bans ...
Deer proposals will affect Lima area hunters February 11, 2022 Ohio, The Lima News
... Six Lima area counties are among 15 counties that are proposed to move from two to three-deer counties... According to the DOW, deer bag limit increases are designed to slow herd growth and provide additional hunting opportunities...
Nearly 197,000 deer harvested in Ohio this season February 8, 2022 Yahoo News
... Ohio’s 2021-22 deer hunting season concluded Sunday with 196,988 deer checked ... Ohio hunters purchased 396,370 permits across all hunting seasons... see report
Deer stuck under motorist’s vehicle is euthanized February 2, 2022 Ohio, Cleveland.com
... after striking a deer. ... The deer became trapped under the man’s vehicle...
Hunters in Wyandot, Marion, and Hardin Counties Asked to Submit Deer for CWD Testing January 26, 2022 Ohio, DNR News
... Additional deer samples are needed in response to recent CWD positive cases, and to better understand CWD in Ohio. Samples of deer harvested from all townships in Wyandot, Hardin, and Marion counties are requested, which is a slight expansion from the current disease surveillance area. ohiodnr.gov/cwd ...
South Euclid. Look Out For Deer With Ear Tags Coming To A Town Near You January 21, 2022 Ohio, Patch
... The city of South Euclid is conducting a deer research and population control project and have tagged the ears of 61 female deer. According to a release from the city, professionals tracked and drugged the deer ... taken to a surgical site where they were sterilized and given antibiotics and pain relievers ...
Ohio Data: About 680,000 deer in 2021 and 2020, 670,000 in 2019 and 660,000 in 2018. The 2022 hunt total was 2.2% above 2021. 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, increasing in 2021 and 2022.
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]. Deer license sales fell by 35% from 2007 to 2021.
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.
A population estimate at 675,000 in 2009. An estimate of the peak population of 800,000 deer in 2006. "In the mid- to late-2000s, deer populations across most of the state had reached record-highs - well above population goals that had been established in 2000. Through a combination of liberal bag limits, reduced cost antlerless permits, education on the importance of an adequate doe harvest, and other programmatic changes; deer populations in most areas of Ohio were reduced to goal (or nearly to goal) by 2014. Starting in 2013, regulations became increasingly conservative to alleviate harvest pressure on antlerless deer and stabilize populations." Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2022, page 18.
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. In 1995, 550,000.
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. Eleven deer tested positive from fall 2020 to September, 2022 with three more into November. As of December, 2022, a total of 14 deer tested positive since testing began in 2000.
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. A large outbreak in 2022 focused in the southwest but spreading throughout the state.
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.
The graph below is from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. From page 3: "From the early 1980s through 2011, the number of fawns harvested per adult doe has steadily declined (Figure 6)... Several factors may explain this trend. First,
recent attempts to reduce deer numbers have been
successful, possibly creating improved habitat conditions, which in turn, has increased or maintained
reproductive performance. Second, with fewer
harvest opportunities, hunters may have become
less selective, harvesting a greater proportion of
fawns than in years prior
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.