COLUMBUS, OH – Vinton County hunters harvested less deer on opening day of deer-gun hunting season in 2013 than in 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
This year, hunters in the county checked 397 white-tailed deer on opening day, December 2 — down from 544 last year.
In all, Ohio hunters checked 22,620 white-tailed deer on opening day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 8. Hunters are encouraged to take to the field to enjoy the six days remaining in the deer-gun season. Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population.
So far this season, hunters have harvested 109,932 deer compared to 113,107 at the same point in the season last year, which represents a 3% difference.
Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer checked in 2013: Coshocton (940), Ashtabula (880), Tuscarawas (853), Muskingum (831), Guernsey (742), Harrison (738), Carroll (698), Knox (645), Columbiana (584) and Licking (572).
The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. Progress toward reducing locally abundant herds closer to target levels is expected and strides have already been made in reducing deer herds in many counties that are above their targeted levels.
Hunters are encouraged to harvest more antlerless deer in some areas of Ohio this season to help the needy in their area and also manage deer populations. The ODNR Division of Wildlife is working with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate a deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort is available. More information about this program can be found online at fhfh.org.
Other opportunities for hunters to donate venison can be pursued through Safari Club International’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Information about this program can be found at safariclubfoundation.org. Whitetails Unlimited chapters also use local funds for programs such as venison donation. Go to whitetailsunlimited.com to find a local chapter and make a donation.
Deer hunting in Ohio continues to be a popular activity for many who enjoy the outdoors. Ohio hunters checked 218,910 deer during the 2012-2013 season. Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
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Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during opening day of the 2013 deer-gun hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2013, and the 2012 numbers are in parentheses.
Adams: 376 (478); Allen: 77 (122); Ashland: 318 (497); Ashtabula: 880 (816); Athens: 529 (602); Auglaize: 99 (107); Belmont: 530 (674); Brown: 262 (334); Butler: 92 (100); Carroll: 698 (776); Champaign: 137 (163); Clark: 56 (61); Clermont: 160 (268); Clinton: 68 (115); Columbiana: 584 (603); Coshocton: 940 (1,199); Crawford: 140 (164); Cuyahoga: 2 (5); Darke: 44 (91); Defiance: 269 (340); Delaware: 100 (175); Erie: 43 (61); Fairfield: 228 (325); Fayette: 24 (35); Franklin: 25 (53); Fulton: 127 (151); Gallia: 382 (523); Geauga: 153 (157); Greene: 66 (98); Guernsey: 742 (858); Hamilton: 42 (59); Hancock: 89 (174); Hardin: 142(148); Harrison: 738 (845); Henry: 112 (123); Highland: 294 (448); Hocking: 382 (664); Holmes: 521 (739); Huron: 338 (381); Jackson: 325 (463); Jefferson: 448 (649); Knox: 645 (830); Lake: 30 (55); Lawrence: 276 (342); Licking: 572 (805); Logan: 186 (234); Lorain: 157 (202); Lucas: 27 (26); Madison: 26 (39); Mahoning: 227 (242); Marion: 76 (111); Medina: 146 (202); Meigs: 435 (527); Mercer: 72 (100); Miami: 53 (54); Monroe: 364 (536); Montgomery: 34 (42); Morgan: 387 (587); Morrow: 176 (280); Muskingum: 831 (1,102); Noble: 402 (568); Ottawa: 25 (24); Paulding: 158 (191); Perry: 419 (587); Pickaway: 102 (168); Pike: 198 (294); Portage: 150 (189); Preble: 73 (82); Putnam: 72 (108); Richland: 314 (471); Ross: 307 (495); Sandusky: 60 (70); Scioto: 264 (303); Seneca: 199 (254); Shelby: 111 (155); Stark: 243 (253); Summit: 23 (43); Trumbull: 482 (471); Tuscarawas: 853 (1,091); Union: 82 (119); Van Wert: 42 (76); Vinton: 397 (544); Warren: 78 (129); Washington: 497 (747); Wayne: 190 (245); Williams: 340 (354); Wood: 59 (67); Wyandot: 178 (239). Total: 22,620 (29,297).
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PROGRAM – DECEMBER 12
Celebrate! OSU Extension will be hosting a holiday party in the Community Building on December 12, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we sample some delicious recipes and create holiday crafts and gifts that the whole family will enjoy. Pre-registration is requested to ensure that program supplies are available for all participants. Please RSVP to Kate at 596-5212 by December 10. We hope to see you there!
2014 NEW 4-H VOLUNTEERS or NEW CLUBS
Are you interested in helping out an existing club or starting your own club as a volunteer? Contact the Extension Office for an application and more details on becoming a mentor for Vinton County youth. Not interested in having a traditional community club? We have other opportunities in shooting sports, junior leaders, junior fairboard, Cloverbuds, in-school clubs and PETPals. These are specific jobs that are more focused than being an advisor to a community club. Applications are due no later than March 1, 2014 so get your process started today.
2014 STEER WEIGH-IN, DECEMBER 14 FROM 11 AM – 1 PM
Any 4-H member wanting to tag in a steer for the 2014 Vinton County Junior Fair must have their animals weighed and tagged on Saturday, December 14 from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Vinton County Fairgrounds.
EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) Offers FREE Classes
These are fun and exciting classes that have hands-on cooking for participants. Food tastings and recipes are also given. Open classes are offered at the OSU Extension Office, contact Patty for more details.
For more information on any of the above programs, contact the Extension office at 596-5212 or http://vinton.osu.edu
The following message was provided by Vinton County Sheriff Shawn Justice:
With the holiday season upon us, Vinton County Sheriff Shawn Justice would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens that crime never takes a break. The holiday season typically provides thieves with more opportunities to steal, so the Sheriff is encouraging people to use extra caution during these hectic times. Common sense can go a long way in preventing losses, simple things such as immediately unloading items from vehicles after a shopping trip, keeping a close eye on your personal possessions such as purses and cell phones while you are shopping, and arranging for packages to be left with a neighbor rather than being dropped and sitting until you get home from work. Also, please be sure to keep your vehicle locked and free of items easily spotted by potential thieves. Don’t forget to make sure that your home is secure while you are away, and consider alternating which lights you turn off & on, or leave a radio or television on while away, so that it appears that someone may be at home.
Sheriff Justice would also like to take a minute to let everyone know that there have been several churches broken into recently in Ross County, with a couple of churches in Vinton County being victimized as well. In Ross county, many of the break ins occurred following community events. Church officals are encouraged to do multiple walk throughs following these events, as well as making sure deposits go to the bank as soon as possible, and to do periodic checks on the churches throughout the week. Additionally, other items such as computer equipment and musical instruments should be secured as much as possible.
Hopefully with a little vigilance, this can be a very pleasant holiday season for all of the residents of Vinton County and their families.
Robert Byers and Danielle Romans would like to announce the birth of their child Gentry Case Byers, born November 30, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
A camper fire has closed traffic on Route 50, just west of Prattsville.
The camper, which was being pulled on the highway, was fully engulfed in flames.
Officials at the scene reported that there were no injuries.
The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, and McArthur and Zaleski Fire Departments are on scene.
Follow the Commoner Journal for more details as they are made available.
We would like to congratulate today’s contest winner. We had only one correct answer this week. We’d like to say to today’s winner, go ahead, hold your head up high. Today, you show that you have more knowledge about what is in Vinton County than anyone else. Be proud and brag about your win. You deserve it. Today’s winner is:
The donations for the Sojourners fifth annual Chinese Auction keep rolling in and there is definitely something for everyone. People will be able to bid on children’s toys, jewelry, rustic décor, Christmas decorations, tools, sporting goods, books, a wide variety of themed baskets, Ohio State and Ohio University fan gear and tickets, and much more.
“We have over 100 gift certificates this year. Bidders will get to choose from certificates from national companies, restaurants, fitness centers, hair and tanning salons, specialty stores, and many services. Two of the most unusual certificates are for a plane ride for two people and a free horse-drawn carriage ride to a tree farm where the winner of the ride will get to choose a free Christmas tree. The ride will start in Albany.
The auction takes place on Thursday, November 21 in the Vinton County High School cafetorium. The doors open at 4:30 pm and the drawings begin at 7:00 pm. All proceeds from the event will provide holiday activities for Sojourners foster youth and transitional living participants. Persons bidding in the auction do not need to be present to win.
To make a donation or learn more about the Sojourners Chinese Auction call 740.591.6290 or check out the Sojourners Facebook page.
The Zaleski Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual Fireman’s Breakfast at the Zaleski Fire Department, on Route 278 across from the Zaleski School Memorial Park, on Sunday, December 1 from 8-10:30 a.m. Carry out will be available. Hunters are welcome.
The following is a new release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:
COLUMBUS – Deer-gun season, one of Ohio’s most revered hunting traditions, begins Monday, Dec. 2, with 30 more minutes of prime hunting time each day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s deer-gun season is open through Sunday, Dec. 8.
Hunting time is extended 30 minutes for all deer-gun seasons. Hunters were already allowed to hunt deer 30 minutes before sunrise, and this year an additional 30 minutes has been added after sunset for gun seasons.
“We are eager to increase opportunities for Ohio’s sportsmen and women,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Ohio is a top 10 whitetail hunting destination, and the extra half-hour after sunset will give hunters more opportunities to bag a deer.”
Deer hunting in Ohio continues to be a popular activity for many who enjoy the outdoors. The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates 80,000-90,000 deer will be harvested during the weeklong hunt. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year’s season, including many out-of-state hunters. Hunters checked 86,964 deer in the 2012 weeklong deer-gun season.
Deer can be hunted with a plugged shotgun capable of holding no more than three slugs, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger and bows during deer-gun week.
“Hunters are reminded to use safety precautions while hunting, including wearing required hunter orange clothing, using a safety harness while in a tree stand and safe handling of firearms,” said Scott Zody, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
Deer bag limits are now determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed an individual county bag limit. Hunters may harvest only one antlered deer, regardless of hunting method or season. A valid deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license. Hunters must purchase an additional deer permit to hunt more than one deer. Antlerless deer permits will not be sold after Sunday, Dec. 1, and these permits are not valid after that date unless used for an ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunt.
A new tagging procedure administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife requires hunters to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of kill. Go to the Deer Hunting Resources page at wildohio.com for more information on changes to the game check process.
Hunters are encouraged to harvest more antlerless deer in some areas of Ohio this season to help the needy in their area and also manage deer populations. The ODNR Division of Wildlife is working with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate a deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort is available. More information about this program can be found online at fhfh.org. Hunters can also donate venison through Safari Club International’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program by learning more at safariclubfoundation.org. Whitetails Unlimited chapters also use local funds for programs such as venison donation. Go to whitetailsunlimited.com to find a local chapter and make a donation.
Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.
It’s time for a new weekly game. In case you missed it before, here’s how it works. We will post a picture on the site once a week of a location or item in Vinton County. All you have to do is identify the picture. Just put your guess in the comment section of the website, and the first person to correctly guess will win bragging rights.
If you think you know where the photo was taken, guess away. The first correct answer wins. However, everyone needs to remember that guesses on Facebook do not count. You have to guess in the comment section so that it is fair to everyone.
We will post the winner once we have one. Good luck!