Ohio Deer Harvest over 200,000 for 3rd year
Ohio Department of Natural Resources have released the final numbers for the 2005-2006 Deer Hunting season. For the third year in a row, hunters in Ohio have harvested over 200,000 deer during all the combined seasons. The final count was 209,513. This was down slightly (3%) from last years total and was inline with estimates showing the overall Ohio deer herd being down by about 7%.
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Deer hunting by itself bring more the $266 Million dollars to the Ohio economy each year. The thousands of pounds of food provided by the deer harvest feed not only the hunters and their families and friends, but also provide nutritious and delicious meals to shelters and other social services throughout Ohio.
If you are an experienced deer hunter in Ohio and know of other interested non-hunters, take advantage of the new Ohio Apprentice Hunting program for 2006-2007 and introduce another sportsman to this exciting sport.