COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Hunters checked 65,485 white-tailed deer during Ohio's 2014 gun hunting season, Dec. 1-7, according to the
Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were allowed during Ohio's deer-gun season. Gun hunters took advantage of the new opportunity and checked 5,360 deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles.
Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested 75,408 deer during the 2013 deer-gun season.
Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio's counties were above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward their goal, and the effectiveness of these herd management efforts are reflected in the number of deer checked this season. Once a county's deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population.
Counties reporting the highest number of checked deer during the 2014 gun season: