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Record Harvest for Kentucky's Modern Gun Deer Season
USAgNet - 12/09/2019

Kentucky deer hunters harvested a record 107,039 deer during the 16-day modern gun season that concluded Nov. 24.

"Season timing and weather conditions before opening day made us think we should have a good season," said Kyle Sams, acting Deer and Elk Program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "We had a poor mast crop this year, which puts deer on the move. We also had perfect weather: not too cold and not too warm."

Last year, Kentucky hunters harvested 106,804 deer during the modern gun season, which was a record until this season. (Online Telecheck results for modern gun harvest are different, as they include deer taken during youth season as well.)

Sams said hunters harvested 35,143 deer on opening weekend of the modern gun season, 19,234 on the second weekend and 11,576 on the third weekend.

"Those are harvest records for both the second and third weekends," he said.

Some of the increased antlered deer harvest during modern gun deer season over the past two seasons relates to regulation changes that increased modern gun deer season in Zone 3 and Zone 4 counties from 10 days to 16 days, so that all zones had the same season length. This change had been requested by many deer hunters and had strong support as documented in a recent deer hunter survey and an online questionnaire used to collect public input from hunters.


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