Portage County hunters bag about 2,000 deer in first 95 days of season

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COLUMBUS -- Ohio wildlife officials say hunters in Portage County have killed about 2,000 deer so far in the 2012-13 season, while 190,000 deer have been killed by hunters throughout the state. Both tallies represent decreases from 2011.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources numbers released Wednesday showed hunters in Portage killed 1,991 for the first 95 days of the season, down 4.2 percent from last year.

According to the records, 190,725 deer were taken during the first 95 days of hunting season. The number includes 86,964 deer killed during the week-long gun season, and another 14,365 taken during the additional gun weekend last month.

Coshocton County leads Ohio counties in the number of deer harvested so far.

The four-day muzzle loader season for deer opens today.

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