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Local deer harvest down slightly this hunting season

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Logan County deer hunters took 177 less deer this season than they did a year ago, according to numbers provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The deer-archery season ended Sunday, bringing all deer hunting seasons to a close. Logan County hunters harvested a total of 1,917 deer during the 2013-14 season. That number is down from the 2,094 total last season.

Ohio hunters checked 191,459 white-tailed deer. The state total also showed a drop as 218,910 deer were taken during the 2012-13 season.

This expected decline in the deer harvest comes following several years of liberal bag limits and deer regulations, which helped bring Ohio’s white-tailed deer population closer to target levels.

“This year’s white-tailed deer harvest indicates we are on target to maintain a high-quality deer herd,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife Chief Scott Zody in a press release. “Ohio remains one of the best deer hunting states in the nation.”

The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer for all implements during the 2013-2014 season were Coshocton (6,270), Tuscarawas (5,774), Licking (5,711), Muskingum (5,547) and Guernsey (5,307).

Hunters continue to utilize various methods to report deer kills. Since the deer season began on Sept. 28, 2013, 47 percent of hunters phoned in their report, 32 percent reported online, 11 percent traveled to a license agent’s location, and 10 percent used the new mobile-friendly website.

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