October 26, 2016 - 1:54pm -- gelley.2@osu.edu
Deer season is well underway in Ohio and many are thrilled to be back in their camo on the quest for the deer of their dreams. According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, last year 188,335 deer were harvested by hunters in Ohio. Noble County accounted for 2,970 of them. Statistics from past years have revealed that fewer hunters are participating during gun season and bow hunting is on the rise. Many who once were primarily gun hunters have converted to bow hunting with multiple reasons including that the season is longer, hunting grounds are less crowded, timing allows opportunity to hunt at peak rut, and the weather is better. Whatever your preference, good luck this season. 
Hunter education is very important for preservation of this treasured pastime. Training new hunters and fostering a relationship between people, wildlife, and the environment is essential for continuing wildlife conservation efforts. The Noble County Soil and Water Conservation District will be offering a Hunter Education Course on Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Noble County Soil and Water Meeting Room. To register call 1-800-WILDLIFE or go to wildohio.com.
A free Venison Workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 16 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Noble County OSU Extension Office. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend. Topics covered will include an example of how to field dress a deer, preparing and preserving venison, and planning food plots for wildlife. To register for this free event, call 740-732-5681.