COLUMBUS – Hunters in Ohio had a slightly longer-than-average run after the end of the first part of the gun season that ended on Sunday, according to the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Division from Ohio.

Hunters statewide have captured 70,413 deer. Over the past three years, hunters have controlled an average of 65,280 deer in the same one-week period, representing an 8% increase in 2021. Gun season reopens on Saturdays and Sunday December 18 and 19.

In Columbiana County, hunters captured 1,362 deer, an increase from the three-year average of 1,216 deer. In Mahoning County, hunters captured 614 deer, an increase from the three-year average of 571.

During Deer Gun Week, hunters harvested 25,263 males (36% of captured deer), 36,096 deer (51%) and 8,021 button males (11%). Males with stray antlers and males with antlers less than 3 inches long accounted for 1,033 deer, or 1% of the harvest.

“All deer captured by hunters must be entered into the Ohio game control system. “ said Wildlife Division Chief Kendra Wecker. “The information gathered during the game verification process is of critical importance to the Wildlife Division in order to plan for quality deer management in the future. “

The top 10 counties for deer captured during Gun Week are: 1,712), Holmes (1,645) and Washington (1,483). Coshocton County also dominated the state in 2020 with 2,281 deer checked. Statewide in 2020, hunters captured 71,651 deer.

Straight-walled cartridge rifles have become more popular every year since they became legal for deer hunting in 2014. During deer rifle hunting week, straight-walled cartridge rifles were used. for 49% of the controlled deer. Hunting rifles made up 43% of the total. Additionally, 6% were captured with a muzzle-loading weapon, 1% with archery equipment, and less than 1% with a handgun.

As of Sunday, December 5, 2021, 80,178 deer have been captured by archery hunters in Ohio. Additionally, Ohio Youth Hunters tested 7,634 deer during the two-day youth gun season Nov. 20-21.

Because Ohio is known as a quality deer hunting state, many hunters from out of state come here during the season. The top five states for purchasing a non-resident Ohio hunting license are: Pennsylvania (7,929 licenses sold), Michigan (5,533), West Virginia (3,898), North Carolina North (3,740) and New York (3,597). Participation in deer hunting remains high for all hunters, with 383,770 deer hunting licenses sold or issued until Sunday, December 5.

Editor’s Note: A list of counties of all whitetail deer verified by hunters during Deer Gun Hunting Week 2021 is shown below. The first number after the county name indicates the number of deer catches for 2021 and the three-year average for 2018, 2019 and 2020 is in parentheses. A three-year average provides a better overall comparison to that year’s numbers, eliminating year-to-year variation due to weather conditions, misaligned season dates, harvest time and others. inevitable factors. Figures below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 1,042 (973); Allen: 352 (338); Ashland: 1444 (1311); Ashtabula: 2,039 (2,032); Athens: 1,327 (1,281); Auglaize: 431 (332); Belmont: 1,154 (1,173); Brown: 887 (846); Butler: 352 (318); Carroll: 1,767 (1,530); Champagne: 469 (394); Clark: 209 (192); Clermont: 609 (638); Clinton: 208 (220); Columbiana: 1362 (1216); Coshocton: 2,403 (2,260); Crawford: 646 (568); Cuyahoga: 49 (44); Black: 303 (275); Challenge: 802 (778); Delaware: 441 (383); Erie: 327 (261); Fairfield: 765 (681); Fayette: 117 (119); Franklin: 159 (147); Fulton: 407 (331); Gallia: 1,113 (1,048); Geauga: 700 (568); Greene: 246 (230); Guernsey: 1,968 (1,784); Hamilton: 140 (153); Hancock: 606 (520); Hardin: 640 (534); Harrison: 1318 (1371); Henri: 438 (351); Highland: 1,118 (933); Hocking: 1102 (1130); Holmes: 1645 (1468); Hurons: 1,166 (1,008); Jackson: 986 (1,003); Jefferson: 866 (787); Knox: 2,023 (1,764); Lake: 164 (176); Laurent: 677 (713); Lick: 1712 (1605); Logan: 780 (711); Lorain: 783 (646); Lucas: 103 (128); Madison: 234 (171); Mahoning: 614 (571); Marion: 446 (382); Medina: 682 (650); Meigs: 1261 (1148); Mercier: 422 (298); Miami: 256 (214); Monroe: 1,103 (1,092); Montgomery: 206 (153); Morgan: 1298 (1253); Tomorrow: 633 (620); Muskingum: 2,107 (1,993); Nobles: 1,249 (1,240); Ottawa: 173 (141); Paulding: 598 (455); Perry: 1,112 (1,052); Take out: 259 (258); Pike: 623 (666); Portage: 719 (607); Preferred: 334 (290); Putnam: 370 (308); Richland: 1346 (1270); Ross: 1056 (1024); Sandusky: 305 (278); Scioto: 683 (729); Seneca: 927 (800); Shelby: 400 (357); Stark: 929 (859); Summit: 206 (175); Trumbull: 1241 (1165); Tuscarawas: 2,204 (2,107); Union: 380 (331); Van Wert: 268 (229); Vinton: 930 (896); Garenne: 317 (305); Washington: 1,483 (1,411); Wayne: 893 (798); Williams: 719 (633); Wood: 340 (339); Wyandot: 722 (739).

Total 2021: 70,413

Three-year average total: (65,280)

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