Number Of Deer Checked Highest In Southeast Ohio Counties

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Four Southeast Ohio counties lead the pack with the highest number of deer checked in 2012.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife said that Coshocton, Muskingum, Tuscarawas and Guernsey counties reported the most deer checked this year. Licking, Carroll and Washington counties are also among those with the highest totals.

According to ODNR, hunters checked 29,297 white-tailed deer on Monday, the opening day of Ohio's deer-gun season. This total represents a 24.1 percent increase from 2011, when rain-soaked hunters harvested 23,600 deer.

Nearly all Ohio counties reported higher totals than last year, including Athens County, where 602 deer were checked on Monday. In Meigs County, 527 deer were checked; 664 were checked in Hocking County; and 544 were checked in Vinton County.

The deer-gun season remains open through Dec. 2 and will reopen for an additional two days on Dec. 15 and 16.