So, the population of Ohio's deer herd may be up, or down, or the same as it always has. I can't argue that topic with hard evidence other than my own personal observations and I don't hunt everywhere so that is kind of limited. So, I was snooping around the DOW site and found some very interesting facts. Ohio has become a popular destination for the whitetail deer hunter. In 1999 Ohio sold 361 thousand deer permits. In 2001, over 469k. In 2003 the number jumped to 515k. Well, in 2007 the DOW introduced the reduced price anterless tags and the state sold over 578 thousand deer permits. With those tags being good through gun season this year I would expect the state to have sold more than that this year(maybe even 600k). We obviously don't have land-owner tag data, but we would expect that number to be a consistent variable from year to year. Given the data that we have and comparing number of deer harvested to number of permits sold we can get an efficiency rating. So, in 1999 hunters basically filled 35% of the tags sold. In 2003 that number increased to 38%. Then, bad weather and all, Ohio hunters were 40% successful in filling tags sold in 2007. So, this would go even further to support the notion that deer hunting in Ohio is as good now if not better than it ever has been. It's hard to argue against nearly 600k people being more efficient in harvesting deer in 2007 than ever before. I do think we have some problem areas where deer numbers aren't as high as they have been in the past, but I think those are isolated locales. In general, the data would suggest that deer hunters are very successful in Ohio. I do not see any evidence of a drastic decline or any of the significant problems that other places such as PA have seen in recent years.