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Archery hunters check 48,583 deer through Nov. 6

Archery hunters check 48,583 deer through Nov. 6

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio’s archery hunters have taken 48,583 deer through Sunday, Nov. 6. The average bow harvest for the first seven weekends over the past three years is 54,021 deer. Through the same date in 2021, hunters checked 52,613 deer.

Ohio’s top 10 counties for archery harvest through Nov. 6, are Coshocton (1,923), Tuscarawas (1,602), Ashtabula (1,488), Holmes (1,460), Trumbull (1,400), Licking (1,322), Knox (1,294), Muskingum (1,130), Guernsey (1,015) and Columbiana (1,013).

This 2022 to-date total includes 21,650 bucks, 23,163 does and 3,332 button bucks.

During the 2021-22 season, bow hunters checked 95,303 deer, the largest bow harvest on record and more deer than were taken during the seven-day gun season. Vertical bow shooters took 27,529 of those, with the steadily growing crossbow regiment taking the other 67,774 deer. The 2022-23 archery season began statewide Sept. 24 and continues until Feb. 5, 2023.

Bowhunting is available on both public and private land. Archers have additional opportunities to hunt private land through the Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership, which incentivizes landowners to open their property to hunters. A list of available properties and instructions for obtaining access, available by permit only, are available online. OLHAP properties are not accessible to deer gun hunters.

Ohio offers more opportunities for deer hunters to take home venison in the coming weeks. Young hunters can use firearms during the annual youth season, Nov. 19-20. The seven-day gun season runs from Nov. 28 until Dec. 4, with a gun weekend on Dec. 17-18. The late muzzleloader season will be Jan. 7-10, 2023. Find complete details in the 2022-23 Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

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