Ohio Opens Deer Season For Hunters With Guns

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Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The state expects hunters with guns will bag up to 125,000 white-tailed deer during Ohio's nine-day hunt.

The season runs from Monday through Sunday and later resumes for two more days over the Dec. 18-19 weekend.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife estimates the state had a preseason deer population of 750,000 whitetails.

Officials say hunting is worth $859 million to Ohio's economy through related sales of equipment, fuel, food and lodging.

This year's deer-gun season is expected to draw about 420,000 hunters, including many from out of state.

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