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Ohio’s Youth Hunters Harvest
9,515 Deer during Two-Day Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The two-day special youth hunting season concluded with 9,515 deer harvested on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Each fall, hunters 17 and younger take to the woods with a nonhunting adult for a special weekend of deer gun hunting.
 


Youth hunters checked 9,515 deer during a special
gun hunting season on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20.

 
“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. Anyone interested in learning to hunt or becoming a mentor to a new hunter can visit the Wild Ohio Harvest Community Page for information on how to get started, hunting-related workshops, and special hunting opportunities for mentors and new hunters. 
 
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. All hunters, regardless of implement, are required to wear hunter orange during the gun seasons. Find complete details in the 2022-23 hunting and trapping regulations.
 
Successful deer hunters can check their game using the HuntFish OH mobile app, available for free in the Android and Apple app stores. Users can also explore public hunting areas, purchase hunting licenses or deer permits, and so much more. Beyond the app, hunters can check game by visiting ohiogamecheck.com, calling 1-877-TAG-IT-OH (1-877-824-4864), visiting a license sales agent, or calling 1-866-703-1298 (landowner operator-assisted; fees apply).
 
The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.
 
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
 

 An Ohio county list of all white-tailed deer checked on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20, 2022, by youth hunters using a shotgun, straight-walled cartridge rifle, muzzleloader, or handgun is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2022, and the three-year average of deer taken from 2019 to 2021 is in parentheses. A three-year average provides a better overall comparison to this year’s harvest numbers, eliminating year-to-year variation because of weather, misaligned season dates, crop harvest, and other unavoidable factors. Harvest numbers below are raw data and 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).
 
2022 Total: 9,515
Three-year Average Total: 6,559

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