Over 22,000 Deer Checked on Opening Day of Gun Hunting Season
December 2, 2015 - 12:35 PM
COLUMBUS- Hunters checked 22,256 white-tailed deer on
Monday, Nov. 30, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season,
according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Ohio’s deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 6. New
this year, an additional two days (Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec.
29) have been added to increase the opportunity for people to hunt with
firearms. Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2015-2016
Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov. Past year’s harvest summaries and weekly updated harvest reports can be found at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.
Deer Management Goals
The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly
managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and
programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to
provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities,
while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.
Until recently, deer populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties
were well above goal. In the last few years, through increased
antlerless harvests, most counties are now at or near goal. Therefore,
to help stabilize deer populations, bag limits were reduced, and
antlerless permit use has been eliminated in most counties for the
The ODNR Division of Wildlife is in the process of resetting
Ohio’s population goals and is asking hunters that receive the survey to
help by completing and returning the survey as soon as they are done
hunting or at the end of the season. Landowner surveys have already been
distributed, and hunter surveys should arrive in the mail later this
week. Hunters for this year’s survey were randomly selected from the
list of hunters who purchased a license and deer permit by Nov. 16.
Public input is an important part of Ohio’s deer management program, and
survey participants are asked to complete and return their surveys.
Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the
number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a
more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of
equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National
Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our
natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
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