Ohio hunters kill more than 14,000 deer in muzzleloader season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hunters in Ohio harvested more than 14,000 white-tailed deer during the recent muzzleloader season, officials said.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said hunters checked 14,182 deer during the season that ran from Saturday through Tuesday. That compares with 13,268 a year ago.

Ohio hunters will have additional opportunities to harvest deer this winter as the state's archery season remains open through Feb. 3.

The ODNR said Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries.

A publication from the National Shooting Sports Foundation said hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.

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