Deer opener brings mixed results

Outdoors

December 04, 1997|By Peter Baker

Opening day of the two-week firearms season for deer produced mixed results across the state, according to the head of the state's deer program and reports from check-in stations.

L. Douglas Hotton, deer project manager for the Department of Natural Resources, said yesterday that opening-day counts from all counties would not be completed until later in the week. He nTC said it "looks like some counties are up from last year, some are down and some are about even."

In area counties, weigh-in stations contacted reported slow to moderate hunting on opening day.

"It seems a little behind last year, but not by much," said Clyde Blamberg of Clyde's Sport Shop on Hammonds Ferry Road. "It's off 10 percent, maybe."

Richard Duval at the Outdoor Sportsman in Essex said the largest deer checked after opening day weighed 198 pounds and check-ins were a little above average.

A state survey of hunting activity showed that nearly 100,000 firearms hunters spent 4.7 days hunting during the two-week season, and with the extended hunting opportunities, the success rate has climbed from 20 percent in the mid-1980s to 40 percent.

Pub Date: 12/04/97

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