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COLUMBUS (WJER) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reporting hunters didn’t have as much luck with deer-muzzleloader season this week.

Muzzleloader hunters statewide checked in about 10,600 deer during the four-day season that ended Tuesday. Last year they took over 14,000 deer during muzzleloader season. ODNR is blaming heavy rain on Saturday for part of the dropoff.

Tuscarawas County had the fourth-most deer at 309, compared to 468 in 2019. Coshocton County led the state at 392.

Meanwhile, archery season continues in Ohio through February 2nd.  

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