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Thinking of making a trip to Ohio next year for some whitetail bowhunting. Anyone ever hunt around Zaleski Forest? If so what was your experience.
Real easy answer why, money. They can't take a hit to the bottom line so they just hope things don't get to bad and keep going to the well.I would love to hear an Ohio DNR biologists explanation as to why deer numbers have fallen so drastically on the public grounds in that area of the state. There's not a high population of people and few major highways so traffic /deer collisions were not a problem to be resolved. Neither is there much row crop agriculture there so crop damage was not an issue either. The DNR had no reasonable motive to reduce the deer numbers in these areas to the extent they've been reduced. So, if their answer is that hunter over harvest is what took place, my question to them would be: "why not limit permits, access, or season length and types permissible to let the herd recover?" And furthermore, if the DNR were doing its job as biologists and managers, they should have seen the decline as it was happening and stepped in to remediate the situation as it developed. The state has got to shoulder some of the blame for the dwindling whitetail numbers on most of the WMAs in the state of Ohio as well as many areas of private land. I think deer management should be regional and sometimes location specific. To adopt a monolithic statewide management strategy is absurd especially given the great differences that exist from area to area in regard to terrain, human population, agriculture or lack thereof. Of course, I'm just a dumb ol deer hunter that does not have a degree in whitetail management or wildlife biology so I should keep quiet. However, the fact that a layman can see the problems that exist and can offer solutions even further indicts the DNR for their negligence with this matter.