March 7, 2018

Oh deer – Ohio harvest up

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Ohio posted another huge deer season in 2017-18. Hunters harvested more than 186,247 deer, up more than 4,000 from the previous year according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

An ODNR report listed Clermont County with 2,471 white-tail deer checked, up from 2,343 last year.

Tuscarawas County in east/central Ohio saw the largest harvest among the state’s 88 counties with 5,722. Ashtabula County in the northeast corner of the state was the only other county to crack 5K at 5,076.

Closer to home, neighboring Brown County hunters reaped 2,521 deer to the east, while Hamilton County collected 1,639 to the west.

The report said Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters. In addition, the sport brings more than $853 million into the Ohio economy through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.

Hunting and fishing licenses for the 2018-19 season went on sale March 1 at wildohio.gov and hundreds of participating agents across the state. (Deer and fall turkey permits will be available for purchase in June.) Licenses are valid from the purchase date through Feb. 28, 2019.

Hunting is not allowed on Clermont County Park District property, but fishing is a popular pastime at several of our sites, including Chilo Lock 34 Park, Kelley Nature Preserve, Pattison Park and Sycamore Park.

For rules on fishing park district waters, please click here.

The Clermont County Park District has been committed to recreation, education and conservation for almost 50 years. It operates six parks, three nature preserves, several greenspaces and a hike/bike trail for the public enjoyment of more than 200,000 county residents and thousands of visitors from other communities.

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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