Hunters in several states see bumper deer seasons
By Chris Eger
Young hunters ages 6 through 15 alone harvested over 2,500 deer during Missouri’s three-day late youth portion of the 2018 season. (Photo: Missouri Department of Conservation)
Early figures from at least five states show an increase in sportsmen harvesting deer this season.
Hunters in Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin are putting big numbers on the board when it comes to the 2018 deer harvest, in some cases setting new all-time records.
In the Bluegrass State, officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources say they have seen the best season on record with 106,767 deer taken by hunters, a figure that tops the previous record, set in 2015, by nearly 1,400 animals. Gabe Jenkins, Deer and Elk Program coordinator for the agency attributes part of the jump to an extra six days added to the season this year, pushing the gun deer season to 16 days statewide.
“It’s obvious hunters took advantage of the last six days because 23,553 deer were checked in that timeframe,” Jenkins said. “The 10-year average for the last six days of modern gun season before this year was 15,429.”
In Maine, preliminary figures show that hunters there have logged 30,299 deer as of Nov. 26, the