COSHOCTON -- The annual Ohio deer-gun hunting season opened with a tragic start Monday (Dec. 2) when a 63-year-old hunter was found dead in a tree stand in Coshocton County, the victim of a gunshot wound.

The man, whose identity has not been released by authorities, was found at a Township Road 341 property at approximately 10:27 a.m.

The man was pronounced dead of an accidental gunshot wound, according to reports.

No hunting-related fatalities or injuries were reported in Guernsey or Noble counties.

The shooting remained under investigation by the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The popular deer-gun season continued through Sunday, Dec. 8 with hunting allowed from 30 minutes prior to sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset daily.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipated 80,000 to 90,000 deer would be harvested during the week-long hunt. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season.

Hunters checked 86,964 deer in the 2012 week-long deer-gun season.

Deer bag limits are now determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed an individual county bag limit.

Hunters may harvest only one antlered deer, regardless of hunting method or season.

A valid deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license.

rstillion@daily-jeff.com