COLUMBUS (WJER) (Feb. 10, 2022) – Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials are pleased with the results from the recent deer hunting opportunities.
Archery season wrapped up Sunday. When combined with the gun, muzzleloader, and youth seasons, hunters checked in just under 197,000 deer since late September.
Division of Wildlife Communications Manager Brian Plasters says that’s down only about one thousand from a year ago.
“But that’s a great number. A lot of people had a great time this hunting season. A lot of people got out. A lot of people were able to get a deer and that’s a lot of good memories.”
Coshocton County topped the state at more than 7,100 deer. Tuscarawas County had the second most taken, at a little over 6,300.
“They’re typically among the top two counties in the state. They have that perfect mosaic of habitat and deer population and places to go and places to hunt.”
Hunting generates more than $853 million in Ohio. Plasters says gear and equipment purchases are just part of it.
“Talking about 400,000-some hunters. They’re all requiring similar places to go and things to do, going out to a restaurant between hunts and stopping at a gas station.”
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says this year’s harvest was split 49% archery, 51% gun.