(Lewis) The opening of the first shot gun deer season is just one week away, and Chris Larsen, from the DNR Office in Lewis says deer numbers appear to down.
“I have heard from a lot of hunters, not only this year but last year, and they think deer numbers are really down,” stated Larsen. “I talked to a number of landowners harvesting corn this fall and they claim they are not seeing near the deer numbers.”
Larsen says EHD disease and the aggressive doe harvest the past seven years has taken its toll on the number of deer.
“I think the combination of those two have really reduced population in some areas 50-percent, and in other maybe only 10-percent, and just depends on the location,” stated Larsen. “There are still a few hot spots out there, but in general the overall deer population is down.”
Larsen says always point the muzzle in a safe direction, treat every firearm as it is loaded at all times, keep the barrel clear, use proper ammunition and make sure there is a safe backdrop before taking a shot, and plan your hunt and hunt your plan.
The first shotgun deer season begins December 7-11. The second season is December 14-22.
November 29, 2013