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March 20, 2014

Slower deer harvest isn't worrisome

It seems as if spring has decided it should try and show up this year. I guess it has decided winter has overrun its time and the warmer weather is trying to break back into our days. I hope spring finds a good foothold as I think we all deserve better weather.

It is time again when the deer harvest numbers come out from the 2013 hunting season. As everyone is saying it is not a surprise that deer harvest numbers are down from the previous record setting season. The problems faced by the deer population included a bout with EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) and new hunting rules that have been put in place to lower the size of the deer population. A previous record setting antlerless deer harvest helped lower the amount of deer available for this past season. Shooting does means no fawns, so fewer deer next season. It is a sound reasonable solution for controlling the deer population.

The weather that we all faced during the 2013 hunting season may have had an affect on the harvest numbers too. I think we saw everything from very warm weather with tornados to subfreezing temperatures with snow and ice. I have to say the weather was all over the place the entire late fall and winter season. I think this weather had an affect on a lot of hunters and that is OK. I believe that if the weather is unsafe then you should not be out in it. Hunting is a sport that we all love but it is good to know when you should just stay home. It is not cool to risk your safety or the safety of friends and family over killing a deer. There are lots of days for hunting, so if it is bad, wait for a better day. I think many outdoorsmen did just that and in doing that some failed to harvest a deer or a second deer this past season.

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