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2013-2014 Ohio Deer Harvest Numbers Way Down: Hunters Killed only 191,000 Deer This Season

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2013-2014 Ohio Deer Harvest Numbers Way Down:  Hunters Killed only 191,000 Deer This Season

Ohio’s Shrinking Deer Population is Reflected in Lower Harvest Numbers for 2013-2014

 

2013-2014 Ohio Deer Harvest Numbers Way Down:

Hunters Killed only 191,000 Deer This Season

Deer harvest numbers for the 2013-2014 whitetail deer seasons combined for 191,459 deer killed throughout Ohio’s 88 counties.  This number is almost 15% lower than the 218,910 from 2012-2013. The numbers have been on a steady decline the past several years with 219,698 in 2011-2012, and 239,379 in 2010-2011.

The ODNR claims that this is all going according to their plan and that the numbers reflect a deer population coming down to their “target” levels.  They claim that the goal of their deer management program is to maximize recreational hunting activities while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

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“This year’s white-tailed deer harvest indicates we are on target to maintain a high-quality deer herd,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife Chief Scott Zody. “Ohio remains one of the best deer hunting states in the nation.”

Many of Ohio’s deer hunters on the other hand would disagree.  The liberal bag limits and extended gun seasons over the past several years have had a noticeable impact on the quality of hunting opportunities throughout the state.  More hunters + less deer = you figure it out.

Ohio deer hunters and other interested parties are invited to share their comments regarding the proposed 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons and regulations at open houses on Saturday, March 1, from 12-3 p.m., and online at WildOhio.com through Sunday, March 2.

The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer for all implements during the 2013-2014 season: Coshocton (6,270), Tuscarawas (5,774), Licking (5,711), Muskingum (5,547), Guernsey (5,307), Ashtabula (4,981), Harrison (4,533), Knox (4,529), Carroll (4,203) and Athens (4,053). Coshocton County also reported the most deer harvested in 2012-2013 (7,413).

Total county by county Ohio deer harvest numbers for 2013-2014: 
Adams: 3,849 (4,111); Allen: 1,057 (1,110); Ashland: 2,931 (3,149); Ashtabula: 4,981 (4,974); Athens: 4,053 (4,387); Auglaize: 789 (986); Belmont: 3,953 (4,731); Brown: 2,526 (2,933); Butler: 1,503 (1,498); Carroll: 4,203 (4,825); Champaign: 1,243 (1,453); Clark: 779 (862); Clermont: 2,830 (3,141); Clinton: 883 (1,007); Columbiana: 3,669 (3,893); Coshocton: 6,270 (7,413); Crawford: 1,033 (1,236); Cuyahoga: 681 (713); Darke: 589 (1,004); Defiance: 1,576 (1,911); Delaware: 1,516 (1,901); Erie: 760 (719); Fairfield: 2,245 (2,608); Fayette: 292 (302); Franklin: 719 (879); Fulton: 859 (980); Gallia: 2,899 (3,370); Geauga: 1,849 (2,131); Greene: 956 (1,105); Guernsey: 5,307 (6,151); Hamilton: 2,069 (2,175); Hancock: 908 (1,338); Hardin: 1,207 (1,306); Harrison: 4,533 (5,365); Henry: 642 (750); Highland: 2,714 (3,250); Hocking: 3,514 (4,206); Holmes: 3,958 (4,565); Huron: 2,139 (2,298); Jackson: 2,769 (3,440); Jefferson: 3,286 (4,161); Knox: 4,529 (5,288); Lake: 793 (1,004); Lawrence: 2,238 (2,672); Licking: 5,711 (6,928); Logan: 1,917 (2,094); Lorain: 2,342 (2,460); Lucas: 736 (677); Madison: 451 (452); Mahoning: 2,207 (2,034); Marion: 833 (901); Medina: 1,937 (1,978); Meigs: 3,336 (3,832); Mercer: 625 (804); Miami: 881 (961); Monroe: 2,623 (3,478); Montgomery: 687 (804); Morgan: 3,080 (3,597); Morrow: 1,549 (1,936); Muskingum: 5,547 (6,457); Noble: 3,091 (3,513); Ottawa: 402 (379); Paulding: 1,047 (1,194); Perry: 2,731 (3,477); Pickaway: 804 (1,044); Pike: 2,096 (2,262); Portage: 2,005 (2,280); Preble: 1,070 (1,205); Putnam: 687 (786); Richland: 3,242 (3,878); Ross: 3,087 (3,559); Sandusky: 773 (794); Scioto: 2,705 (2,821); Seneca: 1,641 (1,923); Shelby: 1,103 (1,294); Stark: 2,578 (2,597); Summit: 1,428 (1,417); Trumbull: 3,592 (3,553); Tuscarawas: 5,774 (6,813); Union: 826 (961); Van Wert: 491 (638); Vinton: 3,133 (3,395); Warren: 1,344 (1,605); Washington: 3,298 (4,091); Wayne: 1,908 (2,108); Williams: 1,903 (2,096); Wood: 729 (863) and Wyandot: 1,410 (1,670). Total: 191,459

The 2014-2015 season and bag limit proposals were recently released, and next season will look a lot like this past.  Some of the counties though will see an increase in bag limit while others will see a decrease.

Proposed 2014-2015 Ohio Deer Bag Limits

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