Preliminary Deer Harvest Figures Released
Montpelier, Vt. — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says the final 2022 white-tailed deer harvest will be a little over 17,400 deer. The buck harvest will be close to 9,600, which will be up from 2021 (9,133) and near the previous 3-year average of 9,482. The final antlerless deer harvest will be around 7,800, also similar to the previous 3-year average (7,651). The archery season harvest, which accounts for much of the total antlerless deer harvest, will be the second highest on record, behind only the 2020 season.
“Hunting conditions were generally good in 2022,” said Nick Fortin, the department’s deer project leader. “Limited fall foods caused deer to move more and spend more time feeding in fields, which made it easier for hunters to locate them. Snow during much of the regular season in November also helped hunters locate and see deer.”
The 2022 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report with final numbers will be on Fish and Wildlife’s website in early March.
Ice Anglers Drown in Split Rock Reservoir
Kinnelon, N.J. (AP) — Authorities recovered the bodies of two men believed to have drowned while ice fishing at a New Jersey reservoir Dec. 30.
Morris County prosecutors say family members called Butler police at about 2 p.m. Dec. 31 to report that a 76-year-old Passaic man and a 64-year-old Clifton man had not returned after heading for Kinnelon to go ice fishing at Split Rock Reservoir the day prior.
Prosecutors said Kinnelon police met family members at the reservoir and found their personal belongings on the shoreline. Two holes were observed in the ice about 100 yards from shore, officials said.