Statewide, a preliminary 33,607 deer were shot by Ohio hunters Monday. This represents a modest increase from last year’s gun season opener kill which was a preliminary 33,034 deer.
Many Ohio Division of Wildlife officers - at least those in Northeast Ohio - reported a quiet deer gun season opener.
“It had to have been the quietest deer gun opener I’ve ever seen here. My voice mail never recorded a single complaint, not even for trespassing or anything else,” said Tom Rowan, state wildlife officer assigned to Lake County.
Here are the local preliminary opening day deer season results with the 2008 preliminary opening day results in parentheses: Lake County - 63 (113), Geauga County - 188 (326), Ashtabula County - 836 (1,089), Cuyahoga County - 25 (32), Trumbull County - 572 (657), Lorain County - 210 (165), Medina County - 146 (158), Huron County - 367 (288), Erie County - 112 (82).
Ohio’s all-seasons pre-hunt deer population stood at around 650,000 deer. The state also estimates there are 420,000 deer gun hunters.
The seven-day deer gun season continues through Sunday, Dec. 6. A bonus two-day statewide deer firearms hunt is scheduled for Dec. 19 and 20. The statewide muzzle-loading deer season is set for Jan. 9 through 12.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn