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Licking County archers lead Ohio in number of deer harvested

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Ohio bow hunters killed 45,836 deer during the first six weeks of the state's archery season, 11 percent lower than last year's 51,543 deer taken. The archery season started Sept. 24 and continues through Feb. 5.

“While the season is still young, harvest figures for the second year in a row suggest that our liberal seasons and use of the antlerless deer permit may be having the desired impact on herds in those areas of the state where reductions are needed most,” said Mike Tonkovich, deer biologist.

Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer brought to check stations were Licking-1,836, Coshocton-1,522, Tuscarawas-1,259, Ashtabula-1,143, Holmes-1,101, Knox-1,092, Muskingum-1,060, Guernsey-1,045, and Hamilton and Trumbull-977.

The statewide deer population was estimated to be 750,000 in early October. Approximately 345,000 bow hunters are expected to participate in the statewide deer-archery hunting season. Bow hunters harvested a total of 85,012 deer during last year's four-month Ohio archery season.

A detailed listing of deer hunting rules can be found in the 2011-2012 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest available where licenses are sold, and online at http://www.flipseekllc.com/wildohio2009hunting.html.

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