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Ohio Deer Summary

Our Deer Management Strategy

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 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 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, with the most recent round completed during the summer of 2019. Maintaining the deer population at or near goal is accomplished through harvest management.