Deer hunters set a new Kentucky harvest record of 101,076 deer during the 16-day modern gun deer season that concluded Nov. 24.
According to the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, the Bluegrass state is on pace to set another overall deer harvest record.
Nelson County hunters are also on pace for an excellent season, which will top the 2,000 mark.
And this outstanding season comes only a few years after many thought a devastating attack of EHD would significantly damage the herd for years. It’s an amazing comeback.
“As of Nov. 25, we are at 127,551 for our total season harvest according to telecheck, less than 4,000 from the record,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We had the second highest opening day harvest for modern gun deer season and the highest closing weekend on record.”
As of Dec. 1, hunters in Nelson County had harvested 1,064 bucks and 917 does. Modern firearms hunters had taken 1,650 deer, archery, 218; muzzleloader, 88, and crossbow, 25.
The state overall deer harvest record occurred last season, when Kentucky hunters harvested 131,395 deer. Brunjes explained that a below average harvest for the upcoming late muzzleloader season that runs from Dec. 14 through Dec. 22 would likely still put this season as the best ever for harvest.
“Given that an average late muzzleloader season is 7,000 to 8,000 deer harvested, barring an ice storm or major snow that keeps people from getting out and hunting, we should surpass the overall harvest record,” she said.
A spotty mast crop that makes deer move around, favorable weather and dedicated hunters all combined to account for the excellent harvest so far this deer season.
“The data shows that more Kentucky hunters who go afield are successfully taking deer,” Brunjes said. “In addition, lots of people from what I’ve seen are taking some nice bucks this year.”
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MOUNTAIN LION -- A mountain lion was killed by conservation officers one state away.
According to the Belleville News Democrat, the incident happened after a report from a concerned farmer in rural Whiteside County in the northwest corner of Illinois near the Mississippi River.
Authorities with the Illinois Department of Conservation killed a male mountain lion weighing about 100 pounds.
There were three confirmed sightings in the state between 2002 and 2008, and trail cameras in four counties have captured images of big cats in recent years. Belleville News-Democrat.
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SOCIAL MEDIA DUMMY -- It’s amazing how dumb some folks are related to social media. They post really stupid stuff on the internet.
According to the Brownsville Herald, a Texas man's Facebook posting of his nine oversized red drum first led to some angry responses from other fishermen, then an investigation by Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens that resulted in charges against Luis Casto, 30.
Anglers in the Lone Star state are limited to three red drum per day between 20 and 28 inches. Brownsville Herald.