The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife reports a significant drop in the number of deer harvested on Monday (Dec. 2), the first day o the 2013 deer-gun season.
The figures show that the harvest was down 23 percent over 2012. Hunters checked in 22,620 deer, a decrease from 29,297 on opening day 2012. The gun season is open through Dec. 8.
So far this season, hunters have harvested 109,932 deer (including by bow and arrow), compared to 113,107 at the same point in the season last year, which represents a 3 percent decline.
Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer checked in 2013: Coshocton (940), Ashtabula (880), Tuscarawas (853), Muskingum (831), Guernsey (742), Harrison (738), Carroll (698), Knox (645), Columbiana (584) and Licking (572).