Deer harvest surpasses quarter of a million

Buckeye Farm News 

A total of 252,017 deer were killed during Ohio’s 2008-09 hunting season, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. This season’s total surpasses the 2006-07 record total of 237,316. 

“I was very pleased with the season. Hunters continued to put heavy pressure on the antlerless deer,” said David M. Graham, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “In spite of a record harvest, work remains to lower the deer population, particularly in eastern Ohio.”

Graham said the solution is not longer seasons or larger bag limits, but access to growing deer herds. Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the season were: Coshocton-9,564; Tuscarawas-8,814; Licking-7,967; Guernsey-7,916; Harrison-7,454; Muskingum-7,245; Knox-7,223; Ashtabula-6,448; Holmes-6,320 and Carroll-5,997.


Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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