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December 15, 2017

12/1/2017 2:37:00 PM
First-day deer totals up in Jackson County, down in Vinton County
The first day of the gun season this past Monday, Nov. 27, turned out to be productive for many hunters in the state of Ohio - and also for those prowling the woods in Jackson County.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), statewide hunters checked 22,366 deer on the first day of the gun season. This was a big increase over the 18,776 checked on the first day of the gun season in 2016.

In the local area, there was a big increase in Jackson County with 358 deer being checked on Monday as contrasted with 270 last year, an increase of 88 deer or approximately 25 percent. However, in Vinton County, the first-day harvest was actually down this year with 322 checked on Monday as compared to 338 on the first day of the 2016 gun season.

The top county in Ohio for the first-day deer harvest was Coshocton County in Eastern Ohio with 924. Generally, the top counties were in East-Central Ohio and the second top-tier counties were in Southeastern Ohio.

The first-day totals for other Southeastern Ohio counties were as follows: Athens 478, Hocking 426, Meigs 414, Gallia 396, Ross 307, Lawrence 262, Scioto 206, and Pike 199.

Ohio's deer-gun season remains open through this Sunday, Dec. 3. Two additional days of deer-gun season are also scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17.

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