Nearly 220,000 deer taken in Ohio hunting season


LIMA, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio officials say the number of deer harvested in the most recent hunting season decreased by nearly 20,000 compared with last year.

The Lima News ( ) reports nearly 220,000 deer were killed during the 2011-2012 season, compared with a little over 239,000 the previous season.

The final count released Monday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows the highest county totals were tallied in east-central Ohio. Coshocton County had the most deer taken at 7,969. Neighboring Licking County had 7,275, followed by Tuscarawas County with 6,950.

The newspaper says the white-tailed deer is Ohio's most popular game animal, and the state ranks in the top 10 nationally in terms of annual hunting-related sales and related jobs.


Information from: The Lima News,

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