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Harvest Up for First Day of Deer Season
Posted on: 11/28/2012
By  Mike Cullums
 
The first day of Ohioís deer-gun season resulted in a lot of happy hunters and dead deer.
 
A total of 29,297 deer were harvested on a cool, clear Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesí Division of Wildlife.  Thatís a 24 percent increase from a rainy first day last year.    

More than 1,000 deer were taken Monday in three counties: Tuscarawas, Muskingum and Coshocton, which was number one with 1,199 deer. Washington County ranked tenth with 747 deer taken.
 
And more importantly, as of late yesterday, no accidental shootings or other serious hunting-related injuries had been reported.
 
Deer-gun season remains open through next Sunday, then returns for a weekend engagement on December 15 and 16.
 
The Division of Wildlife says the white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks 8th nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs from hunting-related industries.
 
The state estimates that hunting has an $859 million per-year impact on Ohioís economy through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.
 
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