Local deer numbers spike in 2012 season
From staff and wire reports
The deer harvest in Mahoning and Trumbull counties during Ohio’s traditional week-long gun season was slightly higher than in 2011, according to the Ohio Department of Resources’ Division of Wildlife.
Mahoning County hunters bagged 664 deer, up from 563 a year ago. In Trumbull County, last week’s harvest was 1,237, up from 1,060 in 2011.
Columbiana County saw a slight decrease, from 1,738 a year ago to 1,686 last week.
The harvest also was down slightly — 3.7 percent to be exact — statewide, according to the Division of Wildlife. Across Ohio, hunters bagged 86,964 deer last week. In 2011, Ohio hunters checked 90,282.
Gun season began on Monday, Nov. 26 and concluded Sunday, Dec 2.
The counties of Coshocton (3,119), Muskingum (2,927), Tuscarawas (2,860), Guernsey (2,620), Harrison (2,370), Licking (2,271), Washington (2,163), Knox (2,159). Belmont (2,127) and Carroll (2,062) reported the highest numbers of checked deer last week.
Hunters still have one weekend (Dec. 15-16) of deer-gun hunting. Archery season is open through Feb. 3, 2013. Ohio’s deer-muzzleloader season is Jan. 5-8, 2013.