In Williams County, the opening day of the one-week white tail deer-gun season got off to a rather slow start. Wildlife officers say only 286 deer were harvested in Williams County… almost 16 percent less than the 340 deer killed on opening day last year. Wildlife officers say it’s part of a downward trend they have been watching for the past decade or so. Part of the reason is that the number of hunters is also down substantially.
Figures in so far show that the deer harvest in the five-county northwest Ohio region this year is down about 6.6 percent from last year, with Williams County showing the sharpest decline.
Defiance County was the only county in the area to show an increase this year, with 280 deer harvested compared to 269 last year.
Across the state, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says so far, there has 22 percent less deer shot this year. They say there were 17,512 shot on Monday, compared to 22,619 last year on opening day.