Gun hunters had more success during the 2015 deer season than last year, according to the ODNR.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that during the Nov. 30-Dec. 6 gun season, hunters checked 73,399 whitetail deer. In 2014, hunters checked 65,484 deer.
That represents a 9% harvest increase in 2015 compared to 2014 numbers.
Two factors may have contributed to the increased gun harvest, according to the ODNR. First, weather conditions were more favorable this year compared to 2014. Second, there was no antlerless muzzleloader season in October this year.
Overall, ODNR says that hunters have checked in slightly more deer for the year compared to last year. As of Dec. 7, Ohio hunters had harvested 152,554 deer for all seasons. At the same time in 2014, hunters had only checked in 148,821 deer.
Hunters in Ohio still have opportunities to harvest whitetail deer. Two days of gun season remain this year (Dec. 28 and 29). Muzzleloader season runs from Jan. 9-12, 2016, and archery season is open until Feb. 7.