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of all the deer killed in your state, what percentage of the total kill do you think occurs on opening day of rifle season. i gotta imagine its somewhere in the 80-low 90's percentile.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

from what i heard this year, not many. i saw none.

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from country road wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Since our gun season here in AL is 72 days long, I don't imagine it's a large percentage.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

now that i think about it my guess seems quite high but a vast majority get shot on the first day...im just kinda looking to see if anyone knows how many, or has a good educated guess

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from Lucas Paul wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I agree with country road here in alabama the % is small but i hear that in ohio the % is out the roof...LP

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from radam wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

in Iowa only the lower 2 tiers of counties have a rifle season and it is just a short antlerless season, most of our deer our shot during the 3 weeks of shotgun season

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Archery season kill thus far in Ohio is around 76,000 and the gun seaon only had a total kill of about 105,000. 9500 youth season , 18,000 muzzleloader we are over 220,000 for the season.Opening day harvest was almost 38,000 deer with those figures that would put Ohio well below 80% more like maybe 25% for opening day

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

In PA it historically is pretty high, maybe 65-70% if my memory is correct. I think that has changed a bit with antler restrictions and the continued growth of bow-hunting. My home state of of NJ is one of few states where Archery hunters take as many deer as gun hunters I think. Heard that somewhere anyway.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I don't think it's as high as you would think. Yeah I know a lot of locals that will go out and get their deer opening day. But I also know a ton of people who aren't taking the first shot opportunity they get. I'll guarantee we're well below the 50% range and I would guess somewhere in the 25% area. Now if we were to say what percentage of rifle tags (that will fill in a season) are filled in the first 5 days, I'd bet we're up into the 75% range. After that, you have a lot of trophy hunters and a lot of people who missed their week opportunity that they give themselves before going back to their work lives. There's a ton of hunters who plan a week and once that's over, if they aren't filled, they won't fill.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I don't have any numbers, but I once took a deer to a processing locker in Swainsboro, Georgia late in the morning of opening day. There were about twenty bucks laid out on the lawn in front, and all but one of them were spikes. I have to think those young bucks were only about half of the opening day kill.
The bigger bucks would probably come in later in the season, and there are far fewer of them in the herd than the yearlings.
I would guess that at least 75% of the deer harvest would have occurred on opening day (or the day before).

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

opening weekend of firearms in MO- 97,856 deer
Overall- 275,702
thats about 35.5%

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Archery season kill thus far in Ohio is around 76,000 and the gun seaon only had a total kill of about 105,000. 9500 youth season , 18,000 muzzleloader we are over 220,000 for the season.Opening day harvest was almost 38,000 deer with those figures that would put Ohio well below 80% more like maybe 25% for opening day

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I don't think it's as high as you would think. Yeah I know a lot of locals that will go out and get their deer opening day. But I also know a ton of people who aren't taking the first shot opportunity they get. I'll guarantee we're well below the 50% range and I would guess somewhere in the 25% area. Now if we were to say what percentage of rifle tags (that will fill in a season) are filled in the first 5 days, I'd bet we're up into the 75% range. After that, you have a lot of trophy hunters and a lot of people who missed their week opportunity that they give themselves before going back to their work lives. There's a ton of hunters who plan a week and once that's over, if they aren't filled, they won't fill.

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

opening weekend of firearms in MO- 97,856 deer
Overall- 275,702
thats about 35.5%

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

from what i heard this year, not many. i saw none.

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from country road wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Since our gun season here in AL is 72 days long, I don't imagine it's a large percentage.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

now that i think about it my guess seems quite high but a vast majority get shot on the first day...im just kinda looking to see if anyone knows how many, or has a good educated guess

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from Lucas Paul wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I agree with country road here in alabama the % is small but i hear that in ohio the % is out the roof...LP

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from radam wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

in Iowa only the lower 2 tiers of counties have a rifle season and it is just a short antlerless season, most of our deer our shot during the 3 weeks of shotgun season

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

In PA it historically is pretty high, maybe 65-70% if my memory is correct. I think that has changed a bit with antler restrictions and the continued growth of bow-hunting. My home state of of NJ is one of few states where Archery hunters take as many deer as gun hunters I think. Heard that somewhere anyway.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I don't have any numbers, but I once took a deer to a processing locker in Swainsboro, Georgia late in the morning of opening day. There were about twenty bucks laid out on the lawn in front, and all but one of them were spikes. I have to think those young bucks were only about half of the opening day kill.
The bigger bucks would probably come in later in the season, and there are far fewer of them in the herd than the yearlings.
I would guess that at least 75% of the deer harvest would have occurred on opening day (or the day before).

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