COLUMBUS — The first deer-gun season numbers reported are much lower than last year.
Hunters statewide checked 22,620 white-tailed deer on Monday, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife. That’s a drop of nearly 23 percent from last year.
Knox County precisely reflects this drop. Hunters here bagged 645 deer in Day 1 — a 22-percent drop from the 830 bagged last year. Licking County is down from 805 to 572 — a drop of nearly 29 percent.
“We have fewer deer than we used to have, and it’s part of the division’s goal, to reduce the deer herd,” said Knox County wildlife officer Mike Miller. “Since we cut the bag limit back down to four, we’re going to get these seasons where the numbers are down.”
Miller said that, so far, there have been no incidents to report in Knox County. A hunter was found shot to death in neighboring Coshocton County on Monday in what authorities believe to be accidentally self-inflicted.
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