Hunters stopped the bucks in massive numbers this year throughout Erie County.
Local hunters, in fact, defied the state trend, as Erie and Huron counties saw an increase in deer kills from last year’s hunting season.
Hunters in Erie County killed more than 200 deer this year, a 26 percent increase from last year. Hunters in Huron County killed more than 1,200 deer, a 7 percent increase from last year.
The state average is down 3.7 percent from last year’s hunt, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The decrease in kills may be a result of actions taken by the department over the past few years to lower the Ohio deer population, which can grow out of hand quickly.
“It’s important to keep the local deer population in check,” said Vicki Ervin, ODNR’s Division of Wildlife spokeswoman. “If we have too many deer they can cause crop damage.”
A method the Division of Wildlife uses to control the population: change the number of deer a hunter is allowed to kill per season in any given county.
Counties are divided into three lettered zones. Erie and Huron counties reside in zones where there are limits of two kills and four kills per season, respectively.
Read more about this year's deer hunt numbers in Sunday's Register.