Ohio deer-hunting season coming to a close

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The deer-hunting opportunities in Ohio will soon be coming to a close for this season.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters can shoot deer in the state with a muzzleloader during a four-day season beginning Saturday. Bow season remains open until Feb. 2.

Ohio hunters checked 21,555 deer during the four-day muzzleloader season a year ago.

Muzzleloaders are traditional hunting weapons that emphasize accuracy and the value of the first shot.

Ohio deer bag limits are determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed an individual county bag limit.

Hunters have harvested more than 167,000 deer so far in the 2013 hunting seasons, including the weeklong gun season in December.

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