For the first time since the 2003-2004 all-seasons' total of 197,970 animals has Ohio's deer harvest failed to reach at least 200,000 head.
Yet that is what happened to the all-seasons' 2013-2014 total of 191,459 animals, well off the 2012-2013 all-seasons' haul of 218,910 deer and a giant leap backward from the all-time all-seasons' total of 252,017 animals, which was recorded during the 2008-2009 license/hunting year.
In fact, one would have to turn back the clock to the 2001-2002 all-seasons' harvest of 165,124 deer to discover a smaller white-tail kill.
Such information will no doubt come into play on Thursday when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife conducts a live telephone feed with the state's outdoors writers regarding the proposed 2014-2015 deer-hunting regulations, seasons and bag limits.
Here is a county-by-county breakdown of the preliminary 2013-2014 all-seasons' deer-hunting harvest as supplied by the Division of Wildlife with the corresponding 2012-2013 harvest figures in parentheses: