Hunters killed 19,251 deer during Ohios muzzleloader season, Jan. 7-10, with Coshocton County again leading the state with 722 deer checked.

In 2011, a total of 16,934 deer were taken during muzzleloader season.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the muzzleloader season included Coshocton, Licking, 639; Muskingum, 638; Guernsey, 612; Tuscarawas, 581; Belmont, 577; Harrison, 569; Knox, 470; Meigs, 466; and Jefferson, 465.

Guernsey Countys total is up from 576 in 2011.

Noble County hunters killed 389 deer this muzzleloader season, up from 353 a year ago.

Hunters can enjoy deer hunting through Feb. 5 as the archery season continues.

Hunters can still donate extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. The division is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to help pay for the processing of donated venison.

Hunters who give their deer to a participating food bank are not required to pay the processing cost while funding for the effort is available.

Counties being served by this program can be found online at