- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Deer hunters in Ohio checked fewer deer than last year during the recent four-day muzzleloader season.

The period during which hunters can kill white-tailed deer with muzzle-loaded guns came to close on Monday. Hunters also could pursue deer with bows during this period.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters harvested 13,726 white-tailed deer during the muzzleloader season. That’s about 2,700 fewer deer than last year, when hunters checked 16,464 deer.

The department says increased deer harvests in the last few years have helped many counties approach acceptable populations of deer. Natural resources officials say that’s reflected in the drop in deer checked this season.

Bag limits were reduced in 46 counties prior to the 2014-2015 deer hunting season, and antlerless permits were eliminated in 29 counties.

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