Ohio’s week-long white-tailed deer hunting season saw skilled hunters take home 63,493 deer, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. It was a bigger haul than in 2018 when 60,752 deer were nabbed in the hunt.
The top counties where the deer hunting took place were Coshocton, Tuscararaws, and Muskingum. They are located about an hour and a half south of Cleveland, and about 45 minutes northeast of Columbus. Apparently, there is some exceptional deer hunting in central Ohio.
If you are a skilled archer and want to hunt deer that way, the season is longer. As of the beginning of December, archers took home 76,822 deer. Deer archery season goes through February 2, 2020. It’s nice to know that archery is still a great way to nab that big buck that many hunters return to using each year.
Youth hunting season took place on November 23 and 24th this year, in which boys and girls under the age of 18, took in a record number of deer at 6,234. That doesn’t mean they can’t hunt at other times with their parents or family members, but this gives them a specific chance to get out there without the competition from adult hunters.
You can find all the rules and guides to hunting deer in Ohio on the wildohio.gov website. All the hunting and trapping regulations are clearly defined, as well as how to obtain a hunting license for the season.
Many people come from all over the United States each season to hunt in Ohio’s exceptional landscape for white-tailed deer. In 2019 alone, more than 34,000 licenses were issued to hunting tourists who wanted to take part in the season this year. Most of those people came from Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
It’s estimated that hunting tourism brings in $5.9 billion to the state’s economy. Ohio’s Division of Wildlife goes to great lengths to educate and empower hunters locally and from other states. They offer mentorship programs, hunting tips, and an extensive library of information on their website and through their social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram.
They also recommend the best places around the state to hunt, fish, and just explore the vast array of wildlife that Ohio has to offer. If you’ve never been hunting there, it’s not too late to make a trip — or start planning one for next season’s deer hunt.