Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ohio deer kill update (On the rise, too)

The tally of deer legally taken during Ohio's various hunting seasons continues to climb. So much so that when all things are said and done the total all-seasons harvest for the year will likely exceed 250,000 animals.

Right now the figure is more than 227,748 deer as being shot. Broken down, that figure is made up of the 474 deer shot during the special early muzzle-loading season at three locations, the 53,959 deer killed during the first six weeks of the archery hunting season, the 9,331 deer taken during the youth-only gun season, the 114,633 animals harvested during the week-long gun season, the 19,900 deer shot during the bonus two-day gun season, and the 29,451 deer harvested during weeks seven through nine of the archery hunting season.

From 16,000 to 21,000 deer are typically killed during the four-day muzzle-loading season. This year's statewide muzzle-loading season is set for Jan. 9 through 12.

Ohio's deer archery hunting season continues through Feb. 7.

Last year, the all-seasons deer harvest totaled 252,017 animals.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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