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2019 opening day of deer-gun season surpassed last season, with kills topping more than 15,000

Deer Rifle Season
Posted at 11:04 AM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 11:09:38-05

CLEVELAND — Ohio’s opening day of deer-gun season surpassed last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. The 2019 season resulted in 15,501 deer killed by hunters as compared to the 2018 season with 13,651 deer checked in by hunters.

ODNR said these are the top counties with deer harvest:

Coshocton: 663
Ashtabula: 601
Tuscarawas: 557
Knox: 544
Muskingum: 511
Guernsey: 426
Holmes: 423
Licking: 399
Harrison: 385
Carroll: 377

During the two-day youth hunt on Nov. 23 through the 24, hunters checked 6,234 white-tailed deer during the season.

The deer-gun season is open until Sunday, Dec. 8 before it reopens from Dec. 21-22.

Deer-muzzleloader season begins Saturday, Jan. 4 through Tuesday, Jan. 7. Deer-archery season is open now through Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Hunters can find more regulations and details here.

Hunting is one of the outdoor activities that contributes to the Ohio economy. Each year, Ohioans take an estimated 171 million recreational trips, contributing $5.9 billion to the economy.

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