Good reading

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Good reading

Over the years I have subscribed to many outdoor magazines and have learned from them all, but my favorite is Wild Ohio Magazine.

Wild Ohio covers subjects close to home in the Buckeye State. The latest issue, for example, has an interesting article on 75 years of hunting Ohio’s white-tailed deer and the year to year summary told me a lot I did not know.

Did you know that in 1904 deer were considered extirpated from Ohio? That means deer were basically gone from our state, but in 1932 the state released 1,000 deer in Scioto County. I guess we can call that the return of our deer hunting seasons.

I was surprised to learn that in 1943 we actually had a deer season in three of our counties. The number of counties involved slowly increased until our first statewide season was held in 1979. The increase in deer hunting opportunities might be credited to the Division of Wildlife’s mandatory harvest registration which began in 1962.

It is not easy for the DOW to manage our deer herd. On one hand there are some hunters who would like to see deer everywhere. On the other hand we have the need to keep the herd population manageable to protect farmers and limit highway accidents. So far all seems to be going well and Ohio has become a top deer hunting state for those who just enjoy the taste of venison as well as those who seek a massive buck for a trophy.

To learn more about the successful reintroduction of white-tailed deer to Ohio and other interesting facts about everything wild in our state you really need a subscription to Wild Ohio Magazine. Even those who never hunt or fish will find the articles and photos fascinating.

You can sign up for the $5 subscription at any store that sells hunting and fishing licenses, or www. wild ohio.gov. I think you will agree with me that this is a great magazine.

Originally Posted on Sept 10, 2017 By BILL HARDING, Outdoor Journal, Morning Journal news

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