The numbers are in, and now it appears that Ohio’s white-tailed deer archery season, which closed Sunday, Feb. 1, marking the end of Ohio’s 2014–15 deer hunting season, resulted in hunters across the state bagging a total of 175,745 deer during all 2014–15 hunting seasons.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that hunters in our state checked 191,455 deer. Bag limits were reduced in 46 counties prior to this deer hunting season, and antlerless permits were eliminated in 29 counties.
Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact here in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to some reports.