More deer harvested during gun season this year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — State officials say good weather last week have helped the deer harvest eclipse last year’s total during the week-long gun season.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Monday that 73,399 deer were checked in the state during the annual seven-day gun season that ended Sunday.

That’s nearly a 9-percent increase over the 65,484 checked last year, and just below the 75,408 taken in 2013.

Two days of deer-gun season remain, on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29. The muzzleloader season is Jan. 9-12, and archery season remains open through Feb. 7.

Coshocton and Muskingum counties, both in east-central Ohio, led the way in number of deer harvested.

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries.