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COLUMBUS — Ohio’s hunters harvested 71,650 white-tailed deer during the annual gun hunting week that concluded Dec. 6, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Over the last three years, hunters checked an average of 65,566 deer during the same weeklong period. Deer hunting in Ohio has come a long way since the first gun season in 1943, when only three counties were open for hunting and 158 deer were taken.

Today, deer hunting occurs in all 88 counties and an estimated 310,000 hunters participated during Ohio’s weeklong deer-gun season.

The top 10 counties for deer taken during the gun week include: Coshocton (2,281), Tuscarawas (2,198), Ashtabula (2,167), Muskingum (2,085), Knox (2,006), Guernsey (1,890), Licking (1,875), Carroll (1,664), Holmes (1,648) and Ashland (1,536). Coshocton County also led the state in 2019 with 2,325 deer checked, while hunters took 63,567 deer statewide.

Straight-walled cartridge rifles continue to grow in popularity each year since they became legal hunting implements in 2014. During the deer-gun week, straight-walled cartridge rifles were used for 44% of checked deer. Shotguns accounted for 47% of the total. In addition, 6% were taken with a muzzleloader, 2% by archery equipment and 1% with a handgun.

Through Dec. 6, 79,499 deer have been taken by Ohio archery hunters. Plus, Ohio’s youth hunters checked 5,795 white-tailed deer during the 2020 two-day youth gun season, Nov. 21-22.

While hunting for whitetails is popular throughout Ohio, hotspots for deer are found in several eastern counties. Coshocton County has consistently recorded the highest harvest numbers during the gun hunting week. Tuscarawas, Muskingum, Ashtabula and Guernsey counties are also nearly always represented in the top five.

For Ohio hunters who missed the deer-gun week, there are still more options to pursue deer. Hunters can enjoy two more days of deer-gun season Dec. 19-20. Muzzleloader season is open Jan. 2-5, 2021, and archery season is open until Feb. 7, 2021.

Find more information about deer hunting in the 2020-2021 Hunting and Trapping Regulations and at wildohio.gov. Past summaries and weekly updated reports can be found on the Deer Harvest Summary page.

Connect with the Division of Wildlife by downloading the HuntFish OH app and on Twitter and Facebook for instant news stories, outdoor recreation ideas and local wildlife information.

Ohio hunters have successful 2020 white-tailed deer season

A county list of all white-tailed deer checked by Ohio hunters during the 2020 deer-gun hunting week is shown below.

The first number following the county’s name shows the deer harvest numbers for 2020, and the three-year average from 2017, 2018 and 2019 is in parentheses. A three-year average provides a better overall comparison to this year’s numbers, eliminating year-to-year variation because of weather, misaligned season dates, timing of the crop harvest and other unavoidable factors.

Numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 1,026 (1,018)
Allen: 402 (317)
Ashland: 1,536 (1,251)
Ashtabula: 2,167 (2,006)
Athens: 1,255 (1,391)
Auglaize: 386 (314)
Belmont: 1,237 (1,169)
Brown: 1,002 (855)
Butler: 412 (297)
Carroll: 1,664 (1,551)
Champaign: 468 (381)
Clark: 218 (185)
Clermont: 807 (616)
Clinton: 217 (248)
Columbiana: 1,342 (1,214)
Coshocton: 2,281 (2,353)
Crawford: 646 (556)
Cuyahoga: 45 (47)
Darke: 362 (256)
Defiance: 984 (698)
Delaware: 410 (413)
Erie: 352 (234)
Fairfield: 823 (664)
Fayette: 128 (123)
Franklin: 184 (137)
Fulton: 393 (307)
Gallia: 1,015 (1,148)
Geauga: 595 (549)
Greene: 264 (218)
Guernsey: 1,890 (1,822)
Hamilton: 178 (157)
Hancock: 666 (472)
Hardin: 665 (486)
Harrison: 1,416 (1,407)
Henry: 415 (336)
Highland: 1,154 (905)
Hocking: 1,079 (1,226)
Holmes: 1,648 (1,448)
Huron: 1,180 (997)
Jackson: 938 (1,098)
Jefferson: 873 (772)
Knox: 2,006 (1,748)
Lake: 197 (164)
Lawrence: 639 (800)
Licking: 1,875 (1,575)
Logan: 821 (688)
Lorain: 745 (630)
Lucas: 153 (117)
Madison: 202 (165)
Mahoning: 604 (585)
Marion: 428 (382)
Medina: 775 (598)
Meigs: 1,133 (1,210)
Mercer: 364 (280)
Miami: 253 (213)
Monroe: 1,114 (1,164)
Montgomery: 201 (139)
Morgan: 1,313 (1,299)
Morrow: 753 (587)
Muskingum: 2,085 (2,070)
Noble: 1,287 (1,272)
Ottawa: 190 (118)
Paulding: 551 (418)
Perry: 1,094 (1,113)
Pickaway: 221 (298)
Pike: 675 (694)
Portage: 679 (567)
Preble: 334 (278)
Putnam: 386 (299)
Richland: 1,490 (1,220)
Ross: 1,139 (1,054)
Sandusky: 371 (245)
Scioto: 739 (778)
Seneca: 852 (805)
Shelby: 402 (354)
Stark: 952 (835)
Summit: 227 (153)
Trumbull: 1,260 (1,160)
Tuscarawas: 2,198 (2,151)
Union: 415 (310)
Van Wert: 281 (209)
Vinton: 849 (1,022)
Warren: 368 (286)
Washington: 1,362 (1,480)
Wayne: 896 (771)
Williams: 731 (619)
Wood: 412 (316)
Wyandot: 905 (689)

2020 Total: 71,650
Three-Year Average Total: (65,566)

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