COLUMBUS — Ohio hunters killed 24 percent more deer on the first day of gun season this year compared to last year.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that hunters took 29,297 white-tailed deer on Monday, the first day of the week-long gun season. That was a significant increase over the number killed during a soaking rain on the first day in 2011.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife says an estimated 420,000 hunters will take the fields this year. The gun season continues through Sunday, with an additional weekend hunt Dec. 15 and 16.
Hunters brought down 90,282 deer in the weeklong gun season last year — a drop of about 15,000 from 2010.
No hunting accidents have been reported so far this year.