The 2021 deer archery season is off to a strong start

COLUMBUS — The 2021 white-tailed deer archery hunting season in Ohio is off to a good start with 16,095 deer harvested through Oct. 17, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. The average harvest total for the same date over the past three years is 20,112 deer harvested.

The deer archery season started on September 25 and is open until February 6, 2022.

The top 10 counties in Ohio for deer harvested in the first 23 days of the 2021-22 deer season include Coshocton (643), Trumbull (535), Tuscarawas (529), Ashtabula (522), Holmes (489 ), Licking (466), Knox (411), Guernsey (403), Muskingum (372) and Richland (328).

The number of hunters pursuing deer with archery equipment continues to increase. During the 2020-21 deer season, 48% of deer were captured with archery equipment, including 33% using a crossbow and 15% using a bow vertical. Overall, bow hunters harvested more than 93,000 deer last season, the highest total on record.

Deer hunting takes place in all 88 counties and approximately 310,000 hunters participate. Deer hunting hotspots are primarily in eastern or south-central Ohio. Coshocton County led the state with 6,715 deer caught during the 2020-21 season.

Deer harvest summaries are available on the Deer Harvest Summary page on wildohio.gov.

Ohio offers many other opportunities for hunters to hunt deer. Young hunters have the chance to harvest a deer during Youth Gun Weekend, November 20-21. Deer gun season runs from November 29 to December 5 and then from December 18 to 19. Muzzle-loading deer season runs from January 8 to January 11, 2022. Find full details in Ohio Hunting Regulations 2021-22.

Landowners can now receive an incentive to allow hunters access during specific hunting seasons through the Ohio Landowner and Hunter Access Partnership Program. Visit the Ohio Landowner and Hunter Access Partnership Program page on wildohio.gov to register as a landowner or hunter.

Ohio Stag verified through October 17

A Ohio County list of all hunter-verified whitetail deer through October 17 is shown below. The first number following the county name indicates the number of harvests for 2021, and the three-year average of deer harvested from 2018 to 2020 is in parentheses.

A three-year average provides a better overall comparison to this year’s harvest figures, eliminating year-to-year variations due to weather, misaligned season dates, harvests and other factors. inevitable. The harvest figures below are raw data and subject to change.

Adam: 302 (292); Allen: 102 (126); Ashland: 235 (355); Ashtray: 522 (631); Athens: 226 (279); Height: 72 (108); Belmont: 150 (194); Brown: 195 (266); Butler: 205 (217); Carroll: 292 (326); Champagne: 104 (147); Clark: 76 (102); Clermont: 297 (352); Clinton: 30 (67); Colombian: 308 (328); Pig: 643 (716); Crawford: 104 (121); Cuyahoga: 187 (259);

Dark: 70 (83); Challenge: 99 (179); Delaware: 149 (232); Erie: 76 (123); Fairfield: 167 (201); Fayettes: 15 (23); Franklin: 64 (118); Fulton: 45 (86); Gallia: 151 (183); Geauga: 218 (302); Green: 80 (117); Guernsey: 403 (389); Hamilton: 258 (367); Hancock: 130 (151); Hardin: 80 (145); Harrisson: 291 (290); Henry: 49 (72); Highlands: 186 (232); Hocking: 199 (253); Holmes: 489 (536); Hurons: 140 (242);

Jackson: 194 (266); Jefferson: 147 (139); Knox: 411 (487); Lake: 124 (171); Lawrence: 83 (142); Licking: 466 (573); Logan: 163 (257); Lorraine: 215 (321); Lucas: 87 (142); Madison: 36 (61); Mahoning: 253 (282); Mario: 67 (89); Medina: 276 (331); Meigs: 236 (276); Mercier: 69 (90); Miami: 71 (117); Monroe: 84 (149); Montgomery: 105 (143); Morgana: 180 (227); Tomorrow: 142 (162); Muskingum: 372 (398);

Nobles: 253 (282); Ottawa: 40 (61); Pauling: 83 (112); Pear: 171 (203); Pickaway: 33 (50); Pike: 130 (141); Carry: 303 (343); Preble: 97 (123); Putnam: 65 (114); Richlands: 328 (420); Ross: 183 (246); Sandusky: 86 (130); Scioto: 130 (181); Seneca: 149 (210); Shelby: 81 (112); Stark: 302 (381); Peak: 268 (287);

Trumbull: 535 (617); Tuscarawa: 529 (580); union: 100 (127); Vanwert: 43 (61); Vinton: 163 (195); Warren: 110 (160); Washington: 139 (202); Wayne: 243 (284); Williams: 156 (204); Wood: 81 (119); Wyandot: 104 (134). Total 2021: 16,095.

Three-year average: (20,112).

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Earnest A. Martinez