Chad Love

Ohio’s harvest numbers from this past season are down by almost 20,000 deer compared to the previous year.

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Ohio officials said the number of deer harvested in the most recent hunting season decreased by almost 20,000 compared with 2011, and those lower numbers also were reflected in many counties across the Scioto Valley. The final count released Monday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows almost 220,000 deer were killed statewide during the 2011-12 season, compared with slightly more than 239,000 the previous season.

While the article does not say why the count may have dropped, Ohio joins a long list of states whose deer totals for this year were down–with weather playing a major role in reduced harvest numbers. What say you Ohio hunters? Did the weather affect your season?