(WKBN) – Despite some cold temperatures, 10,904 white-tailed deer were harvested by Ohio hunters on the opening day of gun season, which runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 as well as a bonus weekend Dec. 19 and 20.
“The recovery of the white-tailed deer is a remarkable wildlife management success story in Ohio,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker in a news release. “Almost completely removed from the landscape at one time, deer now provide an abundant, healthy source of protein and many meals for Ohioans. Good luck to all of our hunters this week.”
As of Nov. 30, archers have harvested 78,607 deer. Their season runs until Feb. 7. Youth gun season checked 5,909 deer.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife wants to remind hunters to download their new app HuntFish OH, which allows them to check deer while in the field, purchase licenses and permits and view wildlife maps.