COLUMBUS – Hunters checked 73,399 white-tailed deer
during Ohio’s 2015 deer-gun hunting season, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, according to the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This represents a significant
increase over last year’s harvest of 65,484 deer. During the 2013 deer-gun
season, 75,408 deer were checked.
Locally, Hunters in Knox County checked 1,755 deer, a slight increase over the 1,727 checked during the 2014 gun season.
To date, for the 2015 deer hunting seasons, hunters have
checked 152,554 deer. Last year at this same time, hunters had harvested a
total of 148,821 deer. Given that the year-to-date harvest is only slightly
higher, the significant increase in this year’s deer-gun season can most likely
be attributed to better weather conditions compared to the 2014 deer-gun season.
A smaller contributing element could be the fact that there was not an
antlerless muzzleloader season in October this year. This year’s harvest was
closer to the 2013 deer-gun season harvest, which also points to last year’s poor
weather as the primary factor for the increase.
Two days (Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29) of deer-gun
season remain. The muzzleloader season is Jan. 9-12, 2016, and archery season
remains open through Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.