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ODNR says good weather played a role in hunters killing more deer this year than last

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Posted at 8:18 AM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 08:18:26-05

CLEVELAND — Ohio hunters across the state killed more than 63,000 deer during the 2019 season, surpassing the 2018 season when 60,752 deer were killed in the same period, according to wildlife officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Officials have credited good weather as a reason for successful season.

“Ohio hunters took full advantage of a great week of deer hunting,” said Mike Tonkovich, Ohio Division of Wildlife deer program administrator, in a news release. “The fall weather has been the most hunter-friendly we’ve seen in a long time, and this year’s harvest is certainly proof of that. The deer harvest is a direct result of our ongoing efforts to align Ohio’s wild deer herd with the interests of the majority of Ohio’s farmers and hunters. This has been and will continue to be the backbone of Ohio’s deer program.”

The top counties for deer harvest during the week-long deer-gun season include:

  • Coshocton 2,322
  • Tuscarawas 2,127
  • Muskingum 1,972
  • Ashtabula 1,901
  • Knox 1,771
  • Guernsey 1,734
  • Licking 1,514
  • Carroll 1,473
  • Holmes 1,465
  • Washington 1,464

Youth hunters across the state checked 6,234 white-tailed deer during the 2019 two-day youth gun season, from Nov. 23-24.