86,000 Deer Harvested During Ohio‚Äôs Deer-Gun Season
Paula Wilcoxon Reporting
Tuscarawas County ranks third in state for the highest number of deer checked during this year’s deer-gun season.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife reports 2,860 deer were harvested locally between November 26th and December 2nd. That’s down from last year’s total of 3,180.
Neighboring Coshocton County ranks first in the state with 3,119 deer checked during the 2012 gun season followed by Muskingum - 2,927, Tuscarawas – again with 2,860, Guernsey – 2,620, Harrison – 2,370, Licking – 2,271, Washington – 2,163, Knox – 2,159, Belmont – 2,127, and Carroll – 2,062.
Statewide, hunters harvested 86,964 white-tailed deer, which is a slight decrease of 3.7-percent from 2011, when 90,282 were checked.
Hunters still have one weekend of deer-gun hunting, December 15th and 16th and archery season remains open through February 3rd. The statewide deer-muzzleloader season runs January 5th through the 8th.
A list of white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2012 week-long, deer-gun hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2012, and the 2011 numbers are in parentheses.