Colleges In Ohio Accommodate Student Hunters

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Elsonville, Ohio (AP) -- Some Ohio college students are participating in the state's deer hunting season using guns kept either near or on campus.

Several of the state's colleges and universities allow boarding students to store firearms with local police or campus security.

Marietta College police chief David Valkinburg says he holds three students' shotguns for safe keeping.

He says he's sensitive to the fact that some people might have issues with students keeping guns on campus.

Also in southeast Ohio, Hocking College students are allowed to keep firearms with the police in nearby Nelsonville.

An official estimates as many as 1,100 students in Hocking's school of natural resources are hunters.

Nine days of deer gun hunting opened Monday across Ohio.

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