A meat locker of deer at Mosley's Meat Market in Hilliard.
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Warning: This story contains vivid descriptions and images of how a deer is butchered.

Ohio opened its deer-hunting season to hunters with guns this week, which means butchers like Jay Mosley of Mosley's Meat Market are working overtime. 

A deer in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio.
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Monday kicks off Ohio’s annual week for hunting deer with guns.

Ohio's Annual Shotgun Deer Hunt Under Way

Nov 26, 2018
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Hunters decked out in bright orange started dotting Ohio fields and forests Monday, the first day of the state’s annual shotgun deer hunt.

The Akron Zoo welcomed a unique deer species to the park last month.

The birth of a Siberian Musk deer, which is still unnamed, is a first for the zoo.  

Spokeswoman Elena Bell said the species is special to this area.

“They’re not a species that is really represented in a lot of zoos," she said. "It’s not an animal that you would think of when you visit the zoo, like the Cleveland Zoo doesn’t have them, the Columbus Zoo, so it’s really cool to be able to experience these unique animals.”

Wintertime is a special time of year at Cafe Berlin, located just a few blocks from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

This is when they roll out their menu of wild game, such as deer, wild boar, and quail. Regular customers have come to expect it. "They ask, weeks in advance, 'When does the wild game menu start? When does it start?' " says James Watson, one of the restaurant's chefs.

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Ohio fields and trees were once again dotted with bright orange at dawn on Monday, the first day of Ohio's shotgun deer hunting season.

Ohio officials say nearly 5,000 white-tailed deer were harvested during this year's two-day youth gun season.

The state says hunters harvested nearly 67,000 white-tailed deer during Ohio's weeklong deer-gun hunting season.

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More than 12,000 white-tailed deer were checked by hunters during Ohio's muzzleloader season for a decrease of more than 1,000 from last year. 

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Hunters in Ohio checked more than 9,400 deer in the two-day gun season this week.

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Hunters in Ohio checked 22,256 deer on Monday, the opening day of the state's weeklong gun season.

Bill Would Legalize Deer Sanctuaries In Ohio

Oct 13, 2015

State lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize deer sanctuaries. The bill would allow captivity for deer who’ve been sick or injured and can no longer survive in the wild.

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The Ohio Supreme Court says state law required wildlife officials to seek restitution from a man convicted of illegally shooting a deer.

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A Georgia man convicted in Ohio of charges involving illegal trafficking in white-tailed deer was ordered to pay fines and restitution of $1.6 million, which federal officials say is the largest sum of money an individual has been ordered to pay for a U.S. wildlife crime.

Officials Euthanize More Than 500 Deer Over Disease Fears

Jun 18, 2015

More than 500 deer have been euthanized over the past month in Ohio due to concerns over the spread of a disease.

The deer were owned by Daniel Yoder, who was arrested on charges of tampering with evidence related to an investigation into how chronic wasting disease came to his property and spread.