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Youth hunters take 7,634 deer in 2-day season

Youth hunters take 7,634 deer in 2-day season

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio’s young hunters harvested 7,634 deer during the two-day youth gun season Nov. 20-21. The weekend season was open to all hunters aged 17 and under who were also accompanied by a nonhunting adult.

The top 10 counties for deer taken during Ohio’s youth season include Tuscarawas (322); Coshocton (307); Holmes (250); Knox (228); Guernsey (220); Muskingum (209); Ashland (179); Washington (179); Meigs (169); and Ashtabula (167).

“The youth deer season is a special time when young people have the opportunity to learn from experienced hunters,” said Kendra Wecker, Division of Wildlife chief. “Participation remains high for this weekend. This year, 38,356 youth deer permits have been issued, and those can be used during any of the upcoming hunting seasons.”

Of the deer taken during the 2021 youth weekend, 4,053 were bucks, 2,625 were does, and 956 were button bucks. In 2020, young hunters harvested 5,795 deer during the two-day youth only season. The average number of deer checked during the past three youth seasons is 6,210. The most deer taken during a two-day youth season was in 2007, when 10,059 deer were checked by young hunters.

All of Ohio’s youth hunting opportunities are available to anyone who is 17 years old or younger during the season dates. Youth hunting seasons are also available for small game, wild turkey, and waterfowl. Anyone interested in learning to hunt or becoming a mentor to a new hunter can visit the Wild Ohio Harvest Community Page for information on how to get started, hunting-related workshops, and special hunting opportunities for mentors and new hunters.

Ohio offers many opportunities for hunters to pursue deer. The deer gun season is Nov. 29, through Dec. 5, and again on Dec. 18-19. Deer muzzleloader season is Jan. 8 through Jan. 11, 2022. Deer archery season remains open until Feb. 6, 2022. Find complete details in the 2021-22 Ohio hunting regulations.

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