Kentucky’s bow season for deer resumed on September 4, giving Kentucky hunters a three-week lead over their Ohio counterparts. Ohio’s popular – hugely popular – season opens on September 25, and it won’t be long for Ohio hunters to catch up in terms of harvest numbers.

Ohio’s archery hunters last season killed more than 93,500 deer, the highest total, according to a report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Wildlife Division never recorded.

Deer harvested with archery equipment accounted for 47% of all deer captured in the 2020-21 seasons, marking the eighth consecutive year that more deer were harvested with a bow than during gun season. one week fire (71,651).


Ohio is known nationwide for its trophy deer hunting. A search of the Buckeye Big Buck Club records book (available at shows the best non-typical male scored 304 and six eighths. He was shot dead by Michael Beatty in Greene County in 2000.

The two best typical cocks scored 201 and an eighth. One was taken by Brad Jerman in Warren County in 2004, the other by William Kontras in 1986 in Clark County. The three deer were captured with archery equipment.

“White-tailed deer are very active in October and November due to the breeding season, which makes these months popular for archery hunters,” said Kendra Wecker, Chief of the Wildlife Division. “Ohio’s long-term management plan has led to a quality deer hunt that is recognized as one of the best in the country.”

Overall, hunters harvested 197,721 deer in 2020-2021, 9% more than the three-year average. The total includes $ 83,332, $ 94,763 does and $ 19,626 button.

Coshocton County again dominated the state with 6,791 deer slaughtered. Other counties with a strong deer harvest include: Tuscarawas (6,158), Ashtabula (5,662), Licking (5,549), Knox (5,247), Muskingum (5,171), Holmes (4,833), Guernsey ( 4,809), Carroll (4,123) and Trumbull (4,014).

Deer hunting, especially with archery equipment, requires patience and skill to ensure ethical and clean shooting.

One of the reasons for the popularity of bow hunting for deer is the long season. Ohio runs in January and Kentucky in February.


Walleye anglers have a great year on Lake Erie. Fisheries biologists have reported that the 2021 walleye outbreak was the fifth largest on record in the past 35 years.

Biologists surveyed almost 40 locations between Toledo and Huron by dragging a large concave net along the bottom of the lake, ”said Travis Hartman, fisheries program director for the Lake Erie Wildlife Division. “The smaller first and second year fish tend to feed near the bottom of the lake and are caught in the net, while the larger adult fish dodge the net and are not consistently captured. “

Lake Erie is managed collaboratively by the five states and provinces that border it: New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

Each August, Ohio fisheries biologists contribute to lake-wide efforts to monitor the success of outbreaks in the western basin of Lake Erie. The Ohio results are combined with surveys from other neighboring states to estimate the total walleye population in the lake. This estimate is then used to establish fishing regulations and daily limits.

Combined survey results from recent years show that the Lake Erie walleye population is on the rise. Anglers’ catch rates are close to one fish per hour, proving that now is the perfect time to get out and chase this favorite fish.

In addition, trophy-sized walleye are on the increase. A Lake Erie walleye 28 inches or larger qualifies for Fish Ohio program recognition. Records show that Lake Erie walleye registrations have increased every year since 2017, peaking with 1,901 submissions in 2020. So far in 2021, more than 1,100 walleye registrations have been submitted. More information can be found on the Fishing Lake Erie page at


Contact G. SAM PIATT at [email protected] or (606) 932-3619.