The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is conducting a survey of deer hunters designed to determine county deer population goals.
Hunters who received a mailed survey are asked to help by completing and returning it as soon as possible. Unlike previous surveys, there is no need to wait until the end of the season.
Among other things, the results will help define short-term population goals (increase, decrease or remain stable). Results from this survey will be combined with the responses from over 11,000 farmers who have already completed a similar survey. Hunters for this year’s survey were randomly selected from the list of hunters who purchased a license and deer permit by Nov. 16.
“Public input is an important part of Ohio’s deer management program, and survey participants are asked to complete and return their surveys,” a spokesperson stated. “By returning their surveys, hunters can ensure that they have a clear voice in helping to decide the direction of deer management in Ohio.”
The information provided will remain confidential and will only be used and presented as a summary of all responses as a whole.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.
For more information visit wildohio.gov.