Marvin Setty Richard G Waldron Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley

Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21%

Despite a 21% drop in the deer take, no changes are in store for Adams County for the 2017 deer season. (Photo by Tom Cross)

By Tom Cross –

Reading like a bad script, the Adams County deer harvest hit the skids this year and I don’t expect the new 2017 proposed deer regulations to help the matter any.
Deer hunters in Adams County bagged just 3,272 total deer this season, down over 21 percent from last season’s take of 4,157, leading the state in the most precipitant drop in the deer harvest for the season. Other notable declines in southern Ohio include Scioto County with an 18 percent drop in the deer take, Brown County with 11 percent fewer deer,  Clermont County down nearly 17 percent, Highland County deer harvest down over 11 percent, Pike County hunters bagged nearly 13 percent fewer deer, and the Hamilton County deer harvest down nearly 21 percent.
Without exception all southwest Ohio counties saw deer harvest numbers tumble. Out of Ohio’s 88 counties, 55 reported a drop in the deer harvest this past season. The remaining 23 Ohio counties did register increases, although some insignificant, most of the increase deer harvest was clustered in the northeast Ohio counties.
The total statewide harvest for the 2016-2017 season is 182,169, down 3.27 percent from the previous season (188,329).
Adams County had a total of 3,272 deer tagged this season. Bow hunters in Adams County took 1,588 deer (856 antlered, 732 antlerless) making up over 48 percent of the total deer harvest in Adams County.
In Brown County, deer hunters took 2,448 deer of which 1,201 were archery kills. In Clermont hunters tagged 2,343 deer, archery hunters took 1,490 of those deer. Highland County deer hunters registered 2,587 deer taken, of that number 1,186 where taken by bow hunters. Scioto County had 2,479 deer checked, 1,158 of which went to bow hunters. Pike County deer hunters checked in a total of 2,083 deer, of that total 955 were taken by bow hunters. Hamilton County hunters tagged 1,589 deer this season of which 1,361 went to bow hunters. Interestingly nearly 86 percent of the total deer take in Hamilton County was taken with archery equipment.
The new proposed deer regulations are out for the 2017-2018 season, which of course is subject to review by the Ohio Wildlife Council. Proposed is deer archery season from Sept. 30 – Feb. 4; Youth gun from Nov. 18-19; Deer gun from Nov. 27-Dec. 3and Dec. 16-17; and Muzzleloader season from Jan. 6-9.
Adams County is again slated for a three-deer bag limit as are Brown, Clermont, Scioto, Pike and Highland counties, all  that have had steep declines in their deer harvest this past season.
Seven northeast Ohio counties are proposed for reductions in the bag limit from three deer to two deer. Twenty one counties are slated for increased bag limits from two to three deer. Included in those 21 counties are counties that had rather significant drops in their respected deer harvest this past season which leaves one to wonder what is the Division of Wildlife is thinking.
According to the Division of Wildlife, hunting license sales have declined 4.3 percent this past season, deer permits are down 5.45 percent, youth deer permits down 9.2 percent, and non-resident hunting license up only slightly at .22 percent. Adams County again led the state in non-resident deer harvest with Athens County a close second.
For the most part the new regulations are same old – same old, except Adams County deer hunters might see a few less deer on the landscape next fall.

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