As expected, Ohio archers have enjoyed their normal success this fall while hunting white-tailed deer. Through last Monday, bow hunters have harvested almost the same amount of deer when compared to the average of the past three years.
Thus far, hunters have taken have Ohio’s white-tailed deer archery hunters have taken 55,138 deer through Nov. 9, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW). During the first seven weeks of the bow season a year ago, hunters took 58,671 deer. The number of days in those reporting areas do vary with more days included in last year’s seven-week report.
During the early season, hunters have encountered excellent hunting conditions, including fantastic weather, according to the DOW. The wildlife agency also noted that deer permit sales have increased by 3%. It said 245,739 permits have been sold this year so far while 238,552 permits were sold in 2019.
Local hunters are doing well and harvesting about the same number of deer they have during the past three years. They have taken a total of 2,852 deer thus far. Of that number, 1,244 have been antlered and 1,608 have been antlerless.
Following is an area county list of all white-tailed deer checked by archery hunters through Nov. 9. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2020. The number following in parentheses is the three-year average harvest by archery hunters in 2016, 2017, and 2018 during the same time period.
Allen 285 (342), Auglaize 276 (282), Hancock 414 (352), Hardin 359 (351), Logan 587 (649), Mercer 227 (218), Putnam 258 (263), Shelby 293 (292), Van Wert 159 (145).
A three-year average provides a better overall comparison to this year’s harvest numbers, eliminating year-to-year variation because of weather, misaligned season dates, crop harvest, and other unavoidable factors, according to the DOW. It noted harvest numbers are raw data and subject to change.
Following is an area county list of all white-tailed deer checked by archery hunters through Nov. 9. The first number following the county’s name shows the number of antlered deer while the number in parentheses shows the number of antlerless deer.
Allen 127 (158), Auglaize 125 (151), Hancock 205 (209), Hardin 156 (203), Logan 258 (329), Mercer 79 (148), Putnam 95 (163), Shelby 129 (164), Van Wert 70 (83).
Ohio young hunters get their chance next weekend to hunt deer during the youth-only weekend (Nov. 21-22). The deer-gun season runs Nov. 30-Dec. 6 with the extra gun weekend set of Dec. 19-20. The deer muzzleloader season is slated for Jan. 2-5, 2021.
For more information about hunting in Ohio download the HuntFish OH mobile app or visit wildohio.gov. Follow the Your Wild Ohio Hunter Facebook page for hunting tips and useful information as you get outside this season.
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Kyle Weisenburger of Columbus Grove has one more bass fishing tourney remaining this year. He has qualified for the 2020 Toyota Series Championship at Lake Cumberland Dec. 3-5, in Burnside, Kentucky. The three-day tourney, features pros and co-anglers competing for a share of nearly $700,000, including a top prize of up to $235,000 for the winning pro.
“I was glad to stay consistent and make the championship,” Weisenburger said. “It is a stacked field of hammers with great anglers from all over. I’m excited to get a shot at this great opportunity.”
The Columbus Grove basser has fished Lake Cumberland twice during the spring on the tour, but never this late in the year.
“I would expect mornings to be at or just above freezing. It will be drawn down to winter pool. The fishing could be good,” he said.
Weisenburger fished Major League Fishing (MLF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, the Toyota Series and the Phoenix Bass Fishing League.
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While ducks begin migrating in September, the peak of migration is in November. With that in mind, an an eye to the skies or on local lakes, rivers and ponds with some waterfowl facts gleaned from a variety of sources is appropriate.
How far will a duck migrate in a day? A mallard duck can cover as much as 800 miles per day while migrating. During migrations, mallards will often stop for rest in locations they have visited before.
Researchers have tracked a northern pintail that completed a 3,000-kilometer (1,864.1 miles) migration, non-stop. And king eiders can travel up to 10,000 kilometers (6,213.7 miles) per year roundtrip between the Arctic and the coasts of either Alaska or Atlantic Canada.
Ducks usually migrate at an altitude of 200 to 4,000 feet but are capable of reaching much greater heights. A jet plane over Nevada struck a mallard at an altitude of 21,000 feet—the highest documented flight by North American waterfowl.
Most waterfowl fly at speeds of 40-60 mph, with many species averaging roughly 50 mph. The fastest duck ever recorded was a red-breasted merganser that attained a top airspeed of 100 mph while being pursued by an airplane. This eclipsed the previous speed record held by a canvasback clocked at 72 mph.
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