Youth deer-gun hunters harvest more than 9,000 deer during Ohio's two-day season

Huron County's young hunters checked in 136 deer.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Nov 21, 2012

 

The 10th annual youth deer-gun season proved successful for many hunters across the state.

"This excellent youth deer-gun season is a tribute to our young hunters as well as the non-hunting adults who accompanied them this weekend," said James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. "Offering special hunting seasons encourages families to spend time together outdoors, and we are glad so many young Ohioans participated this year."

Youth hunters checked 9,178 white-tailed deer during the two-day season, Nov. 17-18. The harvest total represents a 5.7 percent increase from 2011 (8,681) and is the highest total since 2009 (9,269). Youth hunters have checked at least 8,300 deer every year since 2005.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked: Tuscarawas (317), Coshocton (295), Muskingum (280), Licking (262), Knox (247), Holmes (235), Belmont (234), Guernsey (232), Harrison (225) and Washington (196). These were also the top 10 counties in 2011, although the order was different.

Huron County's young hunters checked in 136 deer, up from the 92 harvested last year.

Ohio's youth deer-gun season was open in all 88 counties. All participants were required to wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license and youth deer permit and also be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

Youth hunters can commemorate their achievement with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.com. Participants can upload a photo and type in their information to personalize the certificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.

The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a safe and excellent early hunting experience for young hunters. Special seasons are also set aside for upland game, wild turkey and waterfowl hunting.

All hunters will have a chance at bagging a white-tailed deer during the statewide deer-gun season, which is open Monday through Sunday, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, and an additional weekend, Dec. 15-16. More information can be found in the 2012-13 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and at wildohio.com.

A list of deer checked by hunters during the 2012 youth deer-gun season is listed below. The first number following the county's name shows the harvest numbers for 2012, and the numbers for 2011 are in parentheses.

Adams: 178 (163); Allen: 40 (43); Ashland: 152 (127); Ashtabula: 166 (162); Athens: 161 (162); Auglaize: 56 (39); Belmont: 234 (207); Brown: 133 (131); Butler: 59 (51); Carroll: 188 (188); Champaign: 69 (67); Clark: 30 (40); Clermont: 93 (83); Clinton: 61 (50); Columbiana: 147 (170); Coshocton: 295 (287); Crawford: 55 (70); Cuyahoga: 1 (1); Darke: 65 (42); Defiance: 102 (93); Delaware: 42 (66); Erie: 24 (24); Fairfield: 114 (90); Fayette: 20 (15); Franklin: 18 (15); Fulton: 54 (33); Gallia: 142 (121); Geauga: 65 (67); Greene: 28 (29); Guernsey: 232 (316); Hamilton: 20 (19); Hancock: 71 (52); Hardin: 43 (50); Harrison: 225 (227); Henry: 38 (29); Highland: 168 (140); Hocking: 157 (166); Holmes: 235 (275); Huron: 136 (92); Jackson: 168 (128); Jefferson: 176 (171); Knox: 247 (214); Lake: 19 (7); Lawrence: 148 (142); Licking: 262 (248); Logan: 121 (103); Lorain: 63 (77); Lucas: 14 (9); Madison: 21 (26); Mahoning: 76 (60); Marion: 30 (40); Medina: 74 (56); Meigs: 156 (167); Mercer: 53 (33); Miami: 35 (26); Monroe: 153 (173); Montgomery: 14 (13); Morgan: 165 (141); Morrow: 66 (72); Muskingum: 280 (277); Noble: 161 (184); Ottawa: 21 (25); Paulding: 69 (64); Perry: 143 (143); Pickaway: 47 (32); Pike: 89 (92); Portage: 122 (96); Preble: 46 (43); Putnam: 78 (50); Richland: 141 (138); Ross: 171 (155); Sandusky: 27 (25); Scioto: 103 (85); Seneca: 99 (71); Shelby: 88 (57); Stark: 100 (88); Summit: 19 (16); Trumbull: 109 (97); Tuscarawas: 317 (321); Union: 37 (56); Van Wert: 36 (25); Vinton: 126 (106); Warren: 52 (41); Washington: 196 (195); Wayne: 121 (90); Williams: 83 (68); Wood: 39 (41); Wyandot: 80 (92); Total: 9,178 (8,681).

Comments

hit the road jack

I wished they would let them shoot 9000 more of them,getting to be too many.

tadpole

Why? Did you step in something?

hit the road jack

Yep,and it looked and smelled like you so I smeared it around with my heel!

swiss family

I am sorry, but I find it disturbing to see the countless numbers of dead animals that we are again in for , by way of seeing them on the pages of the local newspaper.....To make it fair and balanced, could we also run at the same time, pictures that the dog warden, and animal control has of dogs and horses, and cats that are so malnourished and neglected, that they are literally thin skin draped over protruding bones? Or how about the pictures where the dog has been so neglected, that the choker chain that he was given as a puppy was never removed as he grew and now is so tight and harmful, that it has now become embedded into the skin of the animal, and will need surgery and a lengthy healing process IF the dog survives it..

If I go out and take pictures of road kill , including all levels of decomposition, and submit them into the newspaper, would you print those as well??I do understand the reasoning behind killing deer to supply meals for a family.. But I do not understand the people who already have freezers full of meat, or the people who take nearly the entire deer carcass and make "salami" with it.. to me, that says that you really don't like the deer meat as a steak, or roast, but if you mask it with enough other ingredients to hide the taste , you will eat it.... to those people it is pretty obvious that you do not like the deer meat, but what you do get "Off" on is the feeling of killing something...and to those people I think you need an immediate "psych" testing to see what makes you unstable..