COLUMBUS — All but one area county saw an increase over last year’s deer harvest during the opening day of the gun hunting season Monday.
That reflects the trend statewide, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.
The eight-county Lima region saw 737 deer harvested Monday, compared to 573 the year before, a 29 percent increase. Allen County nearly doubled its harvest from a year ago, recording 86 deer this year compared to 45 a year ago. Logan County was tops in the region with 158 deer.
Statewide, there was a 14 percent increase over last year, with 15,501 deer taken by hunters this year compared to 13,651 a year ago.
The top 10 counties for deer harvest on opening day included Coshocton (663), Ashtabula (601), Tuscarawas (557), Knox (544), Muskingum (511), Guernsey (426), Holmes (423), Licking (399), Harrison (385), and Carroll (377).
Prior to the hunting season, a report issued by State Farm insurance noted that Ohio drivers have a 1-in-102 chance of a collision with a deer or another animal.