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County harvest totals increase

COLUMBUS– The opening day of Ohio’s white-tailed deer-gun hunting season resulted in 15,501 deer taken by Buckeye State hunters, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. During the 2018 season, 13,651 deer were harvested on the opening day of gun season.

In Columbiana County, hunters harvested 326 deer. That was up from 269 in 2018. Mahoning County hunters took 128 deer compared to 144 in 2018.

Top 10 counties for deer harvest on opening day include: Coshocton (663), Ashtabula (601), Tuscarawas (557), Knox (544), Muskingum (511), Guernsey (426), Holmes (423), Licking (399), Harrison (385), and Carroll (377).

Through Dec. 1, 76,822 deer have been taken by Ohio archery hunters. Plus, Ohio’s young hunters checked 6,234 white-tailed deer during the 2019 two-day youth gun season, Nov. 23-24. The deer-gun season is open to Sunday, Dec. 8, as well as Dec. 21-22.

Ohio offers many more opportunities for hunters of all ages to pursue deer. Deer-muzzleloader season is Jan. 4, through Jan. 7. Deer-archery season is open now through Feb. 2.

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Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during opening day of the 2019 deer-gun hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for opening day 2019, and the 2018 opening day harvest numbers are in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 206 (188); Allen: 86 (45); Ashland: 350 (277); Ashtabula: 601 (489); Athens: 314 (283); Auglaize: 74 (61); Belmont: 283 (217); Brown: 180 (153); Butler: 61 (26); Carroll: 377 (340); Champaign: 94 (64); Clark: 23 (38); Clermont: 112 (64); Clinton: 55 (43); Columbiana: 326 (269); Coshocton: 663 (587); Crawford: 121 (112); Cuyahoga: 10 (11); Darke: 54 (50); Defiance: 216 (146); Delaware: 99 (72); Erie: 53 (42); Fairfield: 124 (126); Fayette: 23 (13); Franklin: 24 (29); Fulton: 94 (78); Gallia: 215 (237); Geauga: 103 (113); Greene: 41 (34); Guernsey: 426 (402); Hamilton: 17 (20); Hancock: 91 (80); Hardin: 138 (91); Harrison: 385 (285); Henry: 117 (59); Highland: 195 (183); Hocking: 309 (252); Holmes: 423 (387); Huron: 268 (208); Jackson: 211 (241); Jefferson: 198 (153); Knox: 544 (425); Lake: 27 (35); Lawrence: 113 (153); Licking: 399 (396); Logan: 158 (137); Lorain: 123 (130); Lucas: 20 (24); Madison: 32 (22); Mahoning: 128 (144); Marion: 93 (86); Medina: 113 (109); Meigs: 242 (230); Mercer: 75 (55); Miami: 31 (35); Monroe: 228 (221); Montgomery: 33 (19); Morgan: 311 (276); Morrow: 122 (120); Muskingum: 511 (489); Noble: 246 (283); Ottawa: 25 (15); Paulding: 140 (87); Perry: 233 (244); Pickaway: 77 (51); Pike: 127 (122); Portage: 117 (104); Preble: 43 (41); Putnam: 73 (61); Richland: 302 (261); Ross: 206 (186); Sandusky: 44 (48); Scioto: 103 (126); Seneca: 181 (141); Shelby: 77 (65); Stark: 168 (184); Summit: 17 (23); Trumbull: 344 (284); Tuscarawas: 557 (512); Union: 57 (56); Van Wert: 42 (43); Vinton: 208 (170); Warren: 48 (38); Washington: 362 (321); Wayne: 178 (184); Williams: 210 (150); Wood: 68 (43); Wyandot: 185 (134).

2019 total: 15,501

2018 total: (13,651)

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