Deer harvest tops three-year average

COLUMBUS — The number of white-tailed deer harvested in Allen and surrounding counties during the annual gun hunting week that concluded Sunday exceeded the three-year average, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.

Ohio’s hunters harvested 71,650 deer during the week. Over the last three years, hunters checked an average of 65,566 deer during the same week-long period.

The top 10 counties for deer taken during the week included Coshocton (2,281), Tuscarawas (2,198), Ashtabula (2,167), Muskingum (2,085), Knox (2,006), Guernsey (1,890), Licking (1,875), Carroll (1,664), Holmes (1,648), and Ashland (1,536).

The number of white-tailed deer harvested, by county, includes Allen County, 402 this year (317 three-year average); Auglaize, 386 (314); Putnam, 386 (299); Hardin, 665 (486); Mercer, 364 (280); and Van Wert: 281 (209).

Hunters can enjoy two more days of deer-gun season on Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20. Muzzleloader season is open Jan. 2-5, and archery season is open until Feb. 7.

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