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Ohio hunters take more than 75,000 deer during gun season

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Ohio hunters checked 75,408 white-tailed deer during the weeklong gun hunting season, Dec. 2 to 8.

With muzzleloader season and almost two months of archery hunting yet to come, hunters have harvested 162,720 deer so far in the 2013 hunting seasons, compared to 171,867 at the same point last year, a 5 percent difference.

Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio's counties were well above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward their goal. Once a county's deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population near that goal.

Archery season remains open through Feb. 2, and muzzleloader season will be Jan. 4 to 7, 2014.

Counties reporting the highest number of checked deer during the 2013 gun season: Coshocton (2,658), Muskingum (2,604), Tuscarawas (2,604), Guernsey (2,401), Ashtabula (2,334), Harrison (2,133), Carroll (2,019), Knox (1,966), Licking (1,887) and Belmont (1,851). Coshocton County also had the most deer checked in the 2012 deer gun season (3,119).

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