White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer are plentiful in Ohio.

ASHLAND — Ashland County was among the top 10 counties in Ohio for the most deer killed during the state's two-day youth gun season on Saturday and Sunday.

In all, Ohio's young hunters took 7,634 deer over the weekend, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.

The two-day hunting event was open to all hunters age 17 and under who were accompanied by an adult that was not also hunting.

The state total is up from 2020, when young hunters harvested 5,795 deer. Youth in Ashland County killed 179 deer, ODNR said.

The county with the most kills was Tuscarawas, where youth harvested 322 deer. 

Coshocton hunters took 307, followed by Holmes with 250; Knox had 228; Guernsey had 220; Muskingum had 209; Ashland had 179; Washington had 179; Meigs had 169 and Ashtabula had 167. 

“The youth deer season is a special time when young people have the opportunity to learn from experienced hunters,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker in a news release.

She also noted that participation across the state remains high. According to the Division of Wildlife, 38,356 youth deer permits have been issued this year. Those permits can be used during the upcoming hunting seasons.

Youth hunters killed 4,053 bucks, 2,625 does and 956 button bucks during the two-day hunting event, ODNR reported.

The most deer taken during a two-day youth season was in 2007, when 10,059 deer were checked by young hunters, the agency said.

To learn more about the state's youth hunting seasons, which are also available for small game, wild turkey and waterfowl, click here.

Hunting deer in Ohio using archery opened Sept. 25 and remains open until Feb. 6, 2022. The deer gun season in Ohio starts Nov. 29 and ends Dec. 5. It runs again on Dec. 18 and 19. 

Deer muzzleloader season is from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11. Complete details can be found here.

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