Ohio’s young hunters harvest more than 6,500 deer


OHIO — Ohio’s young hunters had a successful weekend and checked 6,563 white-tailed deer during the two-day youth gun season, Nov. 17-18, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s youth gun season, 4,958 white-tailed deer were checked.

Youth hunters could pursue deer with a legal shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun or specific straight-walled cartridge rifle and were required to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult during the two-day season. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a dedicated hunting experience for young hunters. Youth hunting seasons are also available for small game, wild turkey and waterfowl.

Ohio offers many more opportunities for hunters of all ages to pursue deer. The deer-gun season is Monday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 2, and Dec. 15-16. Deer-muzzleloader season is Saturday, Jan. 5, through Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Deer-archery season is open now through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. Find complete details in the 2018-2019 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.

Youth hunters can commemorate their hunt with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.gov and then clicking on “My First Harvest” under the Hunting, Trapping and Shooting Sports tab on the left. Participants can upload a photo and type in their information to personalize the certificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.

This year, 138 deer were harvested in Meigs County, up from 104 in 2017. In Gallia County, 126 deer were harvested, up from 76 last year.