County ranks first in deer kill Rick StillionSpecial to the NewsHunters officially checked in 3,455 white-tailed deer at Guernsey County's 10 check stations during the week-long deer-gun season that concluded at sunset Sunday.The local total was the third highest statewide as Ohio hunters took 104,442 white-tailed deer during the popular deer-gun season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.In 2009, hunters killed a preliminary total of 114,633 deer during the same time period.Counties reporting the highest numbers of deer brought to check stations included Tuscarawas, 5,513; Harrison, 3,721; Guernsey; Licking, 3,351; Coshocton, 3,320; Washington, 2,935; Knox, 2,843; Holmes, 2,800; Muskingum, 2,447; and Athens, 2,395.Locally, Carriage Market near Claysville accounted for more than one quarter (923) of the deer checked in countywide last week including leading the daily count each of the seven days.Hunters checked in 335 deer at Carriage Market on opening day. The remainder of the hunting week went as follows: Tuesday, 202; Wednesday, 73; Thursday, 52; Friday, 85; Saturday, 120; and Sunday, 56.According to the results reported by the check stations to The Daily Jeffersonian, hunters checked in more deer (3,574) than reported by the Division of Wildlife.Unofficial results from the other check stations in Guernsey County included:* Salt Fork Outdoors, 507* Starr's Valley View Service Station, 490* Mr. G's Center Market, 402* Lakeside Carryout, 372* T&L Sales, 303* Clark Grocery & Carryout, 226* County Coins and Collectibles, 160* Lloyd's Towing, 147* Sportsman's Haven, 44Daily totals for deer-gun season week included Monday, 1,375; Tuesday, 574; Wednesday, 331; Thursday, 277; Friday, 329; Saturday, 477; and Sunday, 211.A total of 163,362 deer have been harvested so far this season when combining the adult and youth gun seasons, early muzzleloader season and the first six weeks of the archery season.That compares to a total of 178,397 killed last year during the same time period. A record 261,314 deer during all of last year's hunting seasons in Ohio.Hunters will have another opportunity to bag a "trophy buck" on Dec. 18-19 during the extended deer-gun season. Archery season remains open until Feb. 6, 2011, with the statewide muzzleloader season scheduled for Jan. 8 -11, 2011.rstillion@daily-jeff.com