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Hunters Harvest Over 21,000 Deer During Ohio Muzzleloader Season

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- Hunters took 21,473 deer during Ohio's four-day muzzleloader season, Dec. 27-30, 2007, with Tuscarawas County again leading the state with 971deer checked. Last year, a preliminary total of 22,413 deer was taken during muzzleloader season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

During the last two decades, Ohio's muzzleloader season has consistently grown in popularity. Twenty years ago, the statewide muzzleloader season accounted for 5 percent of the total deer kill. Today, it constitutes 12 percent of the total annual deer harvest.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the muzzleloader season included: Tuscarawas-971, Harrison-815, Licking-763, Holmes-720, Guernsey-697, Washington-588, Meigs-560, Jefferson- 523, and Ashland-511.

Hunters have killed a preliminary total of 185,675 deer across the state since Ohio's deer hunting seasons opened Sept. 29, 2007. Archery hunters took 53,982 deer during the first six weeks of the statewide archery season, which continues through Feb. 3, 2008. The youth season resulted in the bagging of 10,515 deer. Hunters checked 103,195 deer during the statewide deer-gun season.

During the extra weekend of deer gun hunting, 17,710 deer were killed. Another 273 deer were taken during the early muzzleloader deer season on three specific hunting areas. 

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