It's the busiest time of the year for many of Ohio's half a million hunters. For the next nine days, deer gun season is underway. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources expects 125,000 of the state's 650,000 white-tailed deer will be killed by Sunday and then in the short deer-gun weekend on December 19 and 20. Lindsay Linkhart at ODNR's Division of Widlife tells Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler the break helps hunters trim the state's deer population.
Hunters may kill only one male, antlered deer. But they're encouraged to take more females, because females determine herd size and can often be the cause of major crop losses and deer-vehicle crashes. Bow season has been going on for weeks, and another round of hunting starts up again in February with muzzle-loader season.