Ohio’s youth hunters harvest 9,515 deer during gun hunt

The two-day special youth hunting season concluded with 9,515 deer harvested on Saturday and Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

“Sharing a love and appreciation for Ohio’s wildlife with the next generation is one of the greatest parts of the youth hunting season,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “We are pleased that participation remains strong for this special weekend.”

The top 10 counties for deer taken during Ohio’s youth season include: Tuscarawas (411); Coshocton (364); Muskingum (286); Holmes (277); Knox (272); Guernsey (250); Washington (247); Harrison (229); Licking (228); and Carroll (194).

The Division of Wildlife has issued 39,186 youth deer permits. Unused youth permits are also valid for all remaining Ohio deer hunting seasons.

Youth hunters checked 5,126 bucks, 3,461 does, and 928 button bucks. In 2021, hunters harvested 7,632 deer during the two-day youth gun season. The three-year average is 6,559 deer.

All of Ohio’s youth hunting opportunities are available to anyone who is 17 years old or younger during the season dates. Youth hunting seasons are also available for small game, wild turkey, and waterfowl.

Gun hunters of all ages can participate in the upcoming seven-day gun season, Nov. 28-Dec. 4. A bonus gun weekend will follow on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18; muzzleloader season will run from Jan. 7-10, 2023. Bowhunters can hunt until Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023.

Harvest numbers below are subject to change. Adams: 138 (87); Allen: 77 (46); Ashland: 192 (145); Ashtabula: 178 (134); Athens: 172 (112); Auglaize: 71 (46); Belmont: 183 (120); Brown: 99 (72); Butler: 38 (39); Carroll: 194 (123); Champaign: 59 (42); Clark: 32 (19); Clermont: 48 (54); Clinton: 46 (31); Columbiana: 188 (121); Coshocton: 364 (270); Crawford: 62 (51); Cuyahoga: 2 (1); Darke: 71 (33); Defiance: 126 (94); Delaware: 47 (25); Erie: 46 (21); Fairfield: 82 (55); Fayette: 30 (19); Franklin: 18 (11); Fulton: 41 (32); Gallia: 176 (98); Geauga: 102 (52); Greene: 29 (25); Guernsey: 250 (176); Hamilton: 7 (8); Hancock: 90 (68); Hardin: 81 (60); Harrison: 229 (143); Henry: 54 (37); Highland: 156 (120); Hocking: 92 (76); Holmes: 277 (228); Huron: 146 (102); Jackson: 159 (95); Jefferson: 146 (83); Knox: 272 (199); Lake: 18 (11); Lawrence: 127 (53); Licking: 228 (137); Logan: 100 (80); Lorain: 80 (62); Lucas: 10 (7); Madison: 20 (20); Mahoning: 50 (38); Marion: 38 (36); Medina: 80 (58); Meigs: 178 (132); Mercer: 59 (39); Miami: 32 (26); Monroe: 155 (96); Montgomery: 23 (13); Morgan: 170 (114); Morrow: 77 (58); Muskingum: 286 (182); Noble: 153 (110); Ottawa: 19 (14); Paulding: 99 (68); Perry: 142 (85); Pickaway: 48 (30); Pike: 100 (52); Portage: 84 (78); Preble: 41 (36); Putnam: 59 (52); Richland: 174 (119); Ross: 158 (130); Sandusky: 47 (30); Scioto: 120 (78); Seneca: 139 (97); Shelby: 78 (43); Stark: 114 (74); Summit: 14 (12); Trumbull: 106 (83); Tuscarawas: 411 (257); Union: 51 (36); Van Wert: 56 (27); Vinton: 89 (74); Warren: 29 (24); Washington: 247 (144); Wayne: 119 (95); Williams: 82 (50); Wood: 44 (44); Wyandot: 91 (82).

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