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Ohio hunters bagged slightly fewer deer this year

COLUMBUS — Ohio hunters bagged slightly fewer deer during this year's week-long gun season.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife says last week's take was a 3.7-percent decrease from 2011. But that was expected because the agency has worked to reduce the statewide herd by expanding hunting opportunities — including chances to kill more doe.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that 86,964 white-tail deer were killed last week, with areas east of Columbus being the best places to hunt. The top counties for the harvest were Coshocton, Muskingum, Tuscarawas, Guernsey and Harrison.

Another deer-gun weekend is set for Dec. 15-16, while archery season remains open until Feb. 3. The statewide muzzleloader deer season is Jan. 5-8.

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