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Question by scratchgolf72. Uploaded on January 21, 2011
from what i heard this year, not many. i saw none.
Since our gun season here in AL is 72 days long, I don't imagine it's a large percentage.
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
I agree with country road here in alabama the % is small but i hear that in ohio the % is out the roof...LP
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
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
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.
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.
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).
opening weekend of firearms in MO- 97,856 deer
thats about 35.5%
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