Guernsey County hunters finished seventh statewide during the 2021-22 white-tailed deer hunting season with 5,104 deer harvested — an increase of 564 from the previous season.
In Noble County, hunters checked in 3,183 deer during the most recent season, up slightly from 3,002 the 2020-21 season.
The state’s archive season concluded Feb. 6 to bring the season to a close.
Overall, Ohio hunters harvested 196,988 deer by gun, muzzleloader or archery since the 2021-22 season started in September. The three-year average statewide is 184,746 annually.
“Ohio’s deer population is one of the strongest in the nation, which is confirmed by these season totals,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Ohio is a national leader in deer management in part because of the tremendous cooperation between landowners and hunters.
“Thanks to all those who participated in the hunting season this year,” added Wecker.
The top 10 counties for deer harvested during the season include Coshocton, 7,144; Tuscarawas, 6,303; Muskingum, 5,331; Knox, 5,290; Licking, 5,244; Ashtabula, 5,193; Guernsey, 5,104; Holmes, 4,905; Carroll, 4,197; and Trumbull, 3,993.
Starting in September, hunters harvested 96,209 deer with archery equipment, 79,805 with firearms and 12,141 by muzzleloader. Youth hunters found success in November with 7,634 deer checked.
Last season, hunters in Coshocton County checked 6,791 deer, the most of any county in Ohio. The statewide harvest in 2020-21 was 197,721.
Deer hunting occurs in all 88 counties, and Ohio hunters purchased 396,370 permits across all hunting seasons.
The popularity of hunting with archery equipment continues to grow with 49% of deer taken, including 35% by crossbow and 14% using a vertical bow.
The gun harvest included 19% with shotguns, 23% with straight-walled cartridge rifles, 9% with muzzleloaders, and less than 1% with handguns.
Across all deer seasons, hunters harvested 85,580 bucks (43%), 89,858 does (46%), 18,161 button bucks (9%), and 3,389 bucks with shed antlers or antlers less than 3 inches long (2%).
Hunting generates more than $853 million in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging, and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundations.
Visit wildohio.gov to find locations to hunt, fish, trap, and view wildlife, as well as Ohio hunting regulations and information.