First Day Deer Numbers Down

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Hunters in the State of Ohio brought in over 17,000 deer on the first day of deer-gun hunting season. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports 17,512 deer were checked-in. That’s less than last year’s first day numbers when hunters check 22,619 deer on the first day of deer gun season. 

Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer Monday include:

  1. Coshocton 793
  2. Tuscarawas 667
  3. Muskingum 652
  4. Ashtabula 586
  5. Knox 573
  6. Guernsey 512
  7. Licking 501
  8. Holmes 477
  9. Harrison 455
  10. Carroll 451

Ohio’s deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, December 7. The ODNR said hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population.

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

 

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