Opening day deer season results: Down over 20%
Tom Cross Sportsmen’s Exit
You can’t blame this one on the weather as conditions across Ohio were nearly ideal for the opening day of deer gun season. Across the board, Ohio hunters bagged 22.79 percent less deer opening day then last year’s opener.
Adams County hunters saw a 21 percent decline in the opening day gun season harvest over last season. Brown County was down over 20 percent. Highland County was off nearly 35 percent. Clermont opening day harvest was off 40 percent. Some of the big deer counties like Coshocton, Muskingum and Tuscarawas were down over 20 percent as well. The largest drop in the state was Summit County with over a 46 percent decrease in the opening day deer take.
Biologists always look to the opening day numbers as an indicator as to whether the rest of the season will be up or down.
Liberal antlerless harvests have been the hallmark of new deer management in Ohio as the Division of Wildlife is trying to bring the deer numbers down across the state. Last year Ohio hunters took over 90,000 during the six-day deer gun season. In 2012, Adams County hunters took 478 deer during the first day of gun season. This year 378 deer were tagged opening day in Adams County.
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