In less than two weeks, hunters will come face-to-face with Ohio's increasing deer population.
Around 300,000 bowhunters are expected to take part in the archery deer hunting season, which opens September 25th. More than 90,000 deer were killed by bowhunters last year, which was a 7% increase. Licking County was the state leader, followed by Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Guernsey counties.
The archery deer hunting season will last five months, through February 6th.
While many of us have been complaining about summer's unbearable heat, it's one of many issues farmers have faced during this year's growing season, and these issues have prompted farmers to alter their farming techniques.
"Basically, we live with the weather, and we'll deal with what we get," says local farmer Richard Schroeder.
It all started in late spring. Farmers faced a late frost on May 9th.
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The deer population is increasing across the state of Ohio.
While that means good news for hunters, it's causing some problems at some of the state's nature preserves. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves says one such negative impact is that the state's wildflower, the large flowered trillium, can no longer be found at some of these sites because the areas are being over-browsed for deer.
Muzzleloader deer hunting season begins this Saturday.
Licensed hunters may hunt deer and small game from a half hour before sunrise til sunset. So far, Ohioans have killed 228,000 deer this hunting season. That is 9,000 more than last year.
"If the trend continues we will see more than were taken last year, a total of roughly 21 thousand were taken during the muzzle loader season last year," says Ryan Fink, the Ag Specialist for Muskingum Soil and Water.