COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - Hunters checked 14,115 white-tailed deer during Ohio's two-day deer-gun hunting season, which began Dec. 16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
During the same two-day span in 2016, hunters harvested 9,228 deer.
Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter:
- Muzzleloader season is Jan. 6 through Jan. 9, 2018
- Archery season remains open through Feb. 4, 2018
The ODNR Division of Wildlife says it is committed to properly managing the state's deer populations. It says the goal of Ohio's Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.
Ohio ranks in the Top 5 nationally in resident hunters and No. 11 in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.