Hunters during 2015-2016 Ohio whitetail deer harvest season checked in nearly 8 percent more than the 2014-15 season.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that hunters checked in 188,335 whitetail deer for the season. In 2014-15, 175,745 deer were checked by hunters.
Following is a list of the Ohio whitetail deer harvest by county. The first number represents the 2015-16 number. The number in parenthesis is the total from 2014-15 to give you an idea of the growth.
While bag limits were reduced this year, and most antlerless deer permit use was eliminated in most counties, the harvest still increased. ODNR says this is due to the poor mast crop, especially on the east side of the state where deer rely on acorns.
Another factor in the increased harvest, according to ODNR, was good weather for hunting, along with an early harvest of crops. According to ODNR, the deer population was above department goals in most counties in the state. Over the last few years, ODNR has issued more antlerless permits, and the herd is now at or near goal.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife is going over numbers and reviewing hunter and landowner surveys in order to revise whitetail deer population goals.