In Nov. 22 IssueRussell County News
Russell County’s deer hunters ended the modern gun season hunting in damp and chilly conditions after legally bagging more than 200 whitetails during the 10-day span.
Hunters harvested around 230 total deer during that stretch, according to statistics from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
So far this season, county hunters have taken 304 total deer, 160 being bucks while 144 were does, according to state figures. That is a percentage of 52.6 for male and 47.4 for female in Russell County.
Hunters in this county relied heavily on the modern gun season for harvesting their animal as 233 were taken with a gun while 33 have been taken with a muzzleloader, 32 have been taken with archery and six have been harvested with a crossbow.
Statewide, wildlife experts agreed that the modern gun season brought expected numbers in harvests.
In Kentucky, modern gun hunters took more than 55,000 over the season, which is still ongoing is some Kentucky counties, including more than 30,000 whitetails on opening weekend. Statewide, hunters have harvested nearly 90,000 deer in 2008.
According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, state hunters reported took 17,417 deer on Saturday, Nov. 8 and 13,115 on Sunday, Nov. 9.
Last year’s opening weekend saw opening weekend results of 17,785 on Saturday and 12,394 on Sunday for 30,195 deer, putting this years state numbers for opening weekend up somewhat.
Deer hunters will only have to wait a few weeks before the season’s second muzzleloader hunt is upon them. From December 13-21, deer can again be taken in all zones.
A fall shotgun season for turkey will open statewide Dec. 6-12.