The goal of Ohio’s deer program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities including viewing, photographing, and hunting, while minimizing conflicts with agriculture, motor travel, and other areas of human endeavor. This has been the ODNR Division of Wildlife's goal for over 50 years. Historically, farmer and rural landowner attitude surveys have been used to establish population goals for most counties. While the ODNR Division of Wildlife believes these goals represent a reasonable compromise concerning appropriate deer population levels, we have updated population goals using a combination of farmer and hunter surveys completed during the fall of 2015. Maintaining the deer population at or near goal is accomplished through harvest management. Check out all the details of Ohio's deer population in the Summary of 2017-18 and Forecast for 2018-19 Ohio Deer Seasons.


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