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Ohio hunters harvest nearly 219,000 deer in 2012-13

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- When Ohio’s deer-archery season ended Feb. 3, bringing white-tailed deer season to close, hunters had taken 218,910 white-tailed deer.

The total includes all implements. Hunters checked 219,748 deer in 2011-2012, a difference of less than 1,000 deer this season.

The Ohio counties reporting the most checked deer for all implements during 2012-13: Coshocton (7,413), Licking (6,928), Tuscarawas (6,813), Muskingum (6,457), Guernsey (6,151), Harrison (5,365), Knox (5,288), Ashtabula (4,974), Carroll (4,825) and Belmont (4,731). The top seven counties remained unchanged from last season.

Hunters continue to support alternate methods to report deer kills. Since the deer season began on Sept. 29, 44 percent of hunters phoned in their report, 40 percent reported online and 16 percent traveled to a license agent’s location.

Ohio's first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties, and hunters checked 168 deer. Deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties in 1956, and hunters harvested 3,911 deer during the one-week season.

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