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Ohio wildlife officials say good weather and other factors led to an increase in the number of deer killed by hunters this season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio wildlife officials say good weather and other factors led to an increase in the number of deer killed by hunters this past season.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters checked 188,335 white-tailed deer dating back to the opening of archery season in the fall. That's up from the 175,745 deer checked during the 2014-2015 season.

The increase came even as the state lowered bag limits and eliminated antlerless permit use in most counties. Coshocton and Licking counties produced the most tagged deer.

The state says that until recently deer populations in nearly all of Ohio's counties were well above the wildlife agency's goal. In the last few years, the population in most counties has been brought down to near the goals.

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