George Hiotis

Deer Harvest Down Slightly

by George Hiotis on December 4, 2012 at 6:18 am

Ohio hunters bagged slightly fewer deer during this year’s week long gun season.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife says last week’s take was 3.7 percent from 2011.  But that was expected because the agency has worked to reduce the statewide herd by expanding hunting opportunities – including chances to kill more doe.  The Columbus Dispatch reports that 86,964 white-tailed deer were killed last week, with southeastern Ohio leading the way again as the best place to hunt.  The top counties for harvest were Coshocton, Muskingum, Tuscarawas, Guernsey and Harrison.  Another deer-gun weekend is set for December 15-16, while archery season remains open until February 3rd.  The statewide muzzleloader deer season is January 5-8.