Hunters in Hancock County and most adjoining counties killed more white-tailed deer during last weekend’s two-day deer-gun season.

The state Department of Natural Resources said hunters in Ohio harvested 9,228 deer during the Dec. 17-18 season, slightly less than the 9,447 deer killed in last year’s two-day season.

During the full-week deer-gun season held Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, hunters in Ohio harvested 66,759 deer, down from 73,392 during last year’s weeklong deer-gun season.

Hunters will have more opportunities to hunt deer this winter in Ohio. Muzzleloader season is Jan. 7 through Jan. 10. The archery season remains open through Feb. 5.

In Hancock County, hunters killed 58 deer last weekend, compared with 34 a year ago.

More deer were also harvested last weekend in Allen County, 60 this year compared with 21 a year ago; Henry County, 41 this year (25 last year); Putnam, 45 (19); Sandusky, 66 (29); Seneca, 100 (84); and Wood, 37 (31).

Hunters killed 53 deer in Hardin County, the same number as a year ago. Sixty deer were taken in Wyandot County last weekend, down from 72 last year.

Ohio’s Division of Wildlife says the goal of the state’s approach to deer management is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities and minimizes conflicts with landowners and motorists.

The state says Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters, and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries.