Ohio archery hunters enjoy early success

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COLUMBUS — Ohio’s white-tailed deer archery hunters have taken 53,922 white-tailed deer through Nov. 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Ohio’s archery season opened in September and runs to Feb. 7.

The top 10 counties for deer taken by archery hunters so far in Ohio include the following: Coshocton (2,000); Licking (1,629); Tuscarawas (1,600); Ashtabula (1,558); Knox (1,430); Holmes (1,424); Trumbull (1,407); Muskingum (1,267); Guernsey (1,163), and Richland (1,101).

Deer tend to be highly active during the first two weeks of November because of the breeding season, making this period popular for many Ohio bow hunters. Hunters in the 2020 season have so far taken a nearly identical number of deer when compared to the average of the past three years, which is 53,384.

Deer permit sales have increased by 3% in 2020 when compared to this same time last year (245,739 permits in 2020; 238,552 permits in 2019). Ohio offers many more opportunities for hunters of all ages to pursue deer.

Young hunters have a chance to harvest a deer during the youth-only weekend, Nov. 21-22. The deer-gun season is Nov. 30 through Dec. 6, as well as Dec. 19-20. Deer-muzzleloader season is Jan. 2 through Jan. 5.

Find complete details in the 2020-2021 Ohio Hunting Regulations or wildohio.gov. More information on previous seasons can be found in the Deer Harvest Summary.

Deer checked by Ohio archery hunters

Following is a county list of all white-tailed deer checked by archery hunters through Nov. 8.

The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2020. The number following in parentheses is the three-year average harvest by archery hunters in 2016, 2017, and 2018 during the same time period.

A three-year average provides a better overall comparison to this year s harvest numbers, eliminating year-to-year variation because of weather, misaligned season dates, crop harvest, and other unavoidable factors.

Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 858 (962)
Allen: 282 (342)
Ashland: 955 (925)
Ashtabula: 1,558 (1,451)
Athens: 775 (938)
Auglaize: 272 (282)
Belmont: 587 (618)
Brown: 690 (683)
Butler: 510 (533)
Carroll: 956 (874)
Champaign: 406 (400)
Clark: 246 (274)
Clermont: 841 (850)
Clinton: 144 (226)
Columbiana: 939 (831)
Coshocton: 2,000 (1,991)
Crawford: 351 (309)
Cuyahoga: 491 (489)
Darke: 225 (223)
Defiance: 510 (403)
Delaware: 600 (588)
Erie: 308 (299)
Fairfield: 574 (533)
Fayette: 87 (93)
Franklin: 307 (300)
Fulton: 259 (217)
Gallia: 547 (565)
Geauga: 742 (655)
Greene: 296 (287)
Guernsey: 1,163 (1,143)
Hamilton: 649 (757)
Hancock: 406 (352)
Hardin: 353 (351)
Harrison: 929 (904)
Henry: 214 (183)
Highland: 670 (708)
Hocking: 629 (862)
Holmes: 1,424 (1,322)
Huron: 612 (592)
Jackson: 725 (828)
Jefferson: 522 (474)
Knox: 1,430 (1,319)
Lake: 401 (351)
Lawrence: 477 (444)
Licking: 1,629 (1,544)
Logan: 577 (649)
Lorain: 822 (750)
Lucas: 345 (342)
Madison: 164 (159)
Mahoning: 656 (663)
Marion: 255 (219)
Medina: 825 (709)
Meigs: 751 (755)
Mercer: 217 (218)
Miami: 292 (302)
Monroe: 451 (481)
Montgomery: 326 (303)
Morgan: 657 (758)
Morrow: 486 (468)
Muskingum: 1,267 (1,285)
Noble: 786 (744)
Ottawa: 203 (159)
Paulding: 323 (271)
Perry: 622 (632)
Pickaway: 127 (199)
Pike: 441 (570)
Portage: 835 (789)
Preble: 326 (336)
Putnam: 254 (263)
Richland: 1,101 (1,050)
Ross: 725 (807)
Sandusky: 360 (322)
Scioto: 585 (610)
Seneca: 543 (523)
Shelby: 288 (292)
Stark: 1,016 (937)
Summit: 683 (648)
Trumbull: 1,407 (1,257)
Tuscarawas: 1,600 (1,502)
Union: 342 (322)
Van Wert: 149 (145)
Vinton: 532 (718)
Warren: 392 (425)
Washington: 581 (659)
Wayne: 804 (715)
Williams: 572 (483)
Wood: 306 (305)
Wyandot: 379 (365)

2020 Total: 53,922

Three-year average total: 53,384

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