Deer harvest down, but success to report
The firearms deer kill remains down from last year, when firearms hunters killed a total of more than 174,000 deer.
Through Tuesday, hunters have killed 83,500 whitetails, compared with about 101,000 at the same time last year.
Many hunters report heavy wind during the first three days of the season was the primary factor that reduced harvest. Deer simply don't move much when the wind is howling.
The forecast for the coming weekend indicates better deer-hunting days ahead, and it's likely hunters will make up some of the harvest deficit. But since so many people only hunt the first two or three days of the firearms season, it's unlikely they'll make up sufficient ground to match last year's firearms kill.
I can vouch for the wind factor. Each net at deer camp, it took me a while to regain my "ground legs" after swaying in a tree for the better part of three days.
But I'm happy to report a successful hunt. I shot a small buck on Monday morning after seeing deer every day. He wandered into a clearing and offered a perfect shot.
The deer marked the end of a drought that had gone on far too long. Luckily, killing a deer is pretty far down on the list of reasons why deer camp is something I look forward to throughout the year.