Harvest down (?)

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by shaman, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. shaman

    shaman 10 pointer

    Here it is, 11/30, and this was going to be a record year for KY deer hunters. However. . .

    https://app.fw.ky.gov/harvest/HarvestCompByMonth.asp

    It would seem that the statewide numbers for November are much lower than normal.

    September was phenomenal. October was on-track. November? You have got back to 2012 to see similar numbers.

    What's up with that? Weather? Too few hunters? Covid?

    I'm just asking. Somebody fill me in.
     
  2. bird whisperer

    bird whisperer 12 pointer

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    There is still 49 day of archery including a week of muzzleloader and 2 days of youth firearm. With that said Im leaning toward a number of things. Late start for firearm season mixed with temps and moon faze. Also theres a chance a large number of people who tagged there buck early didn't go doe hunting. With all that 20 thousand plus deer might be a hard order to fill to match last season. 742072B7-CC6E-4AF3-B344-7978578C5D85.png
     
  3. redlickranch

    redlickranch 8 pointer

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    Wow, we took 7 deer off our farm this year which is the highest ever. I figured numbers would be much higher.
     
  4. Grago

    Grago 10 pointer

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    Im not sure on that, around here and surrounding counties, i would almost have to think, would be or close to a record, i have seen on telecheck, as high as one person killing 5 deer, and personally know a girl that killed 5, which is great, if you want them, the only people i know, that didnt kill a deer, was ones just waiting on a big buck, and they had lots of opportunities, just passed them. But for the rest of the state , i dont have a clue.
     
  5. Lady Hunter

    Lady Hunter 12 pointer

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    Ah jeez... Anderson Co has the lowest November harvest since 1999.... It doesn't surprise me - we just didn't see the deer to shoot. Everythng went nocturnal before rifle season began & is still that way. They just flat out weren't moving during the daytime. We were hoping for one more for us & our friend and his son REALLY wanted to get one but you've got to see them before you can shoot 'em... We tried different locations and booked more hours in the field than ever before & they just weren't there. Felt kinda bad about shooting bucks as small as we did this time but I'm darned glad we did now - or else we'd really be short on meat for the coming year.
     
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  6. Grago

    Grago 10 pointer

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    ML season, might be better for yall..
     
  7. captfire

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    we are down about 350 deer from last year maybe muzzle season will be better . I killed a doe opening weekend seen 6 bucks but to small to shoot so iam hopeing muzzle season will be a lot better for us
     
  8. KYBOY

    KYBOY 12 pointer

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    Numbers are slightly higher than last year but overall many eastern Kentucky counties numbers are way down. Ours are still half what they were before the outbreak
     
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  9. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

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    Y'all underestimate how many "trophy hunters" buy tags every year. Better than half around here will only shoot a Hawg, and the vast majority of that half end up not shooting a damn thing. I bet it's 15-1 doe to buck ratio around here. Then they'll brag about seeing 30 deer every sit, but nothin worth shooting. No damn wonder. Sorry, I got off track.
    Total harvest doesn't mean the population is down, is all I mean. TV has made most hunters antler whores, anymore.
     
  10. Campfire

    Campfire 6 pointer

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    I personally thought it was a tough gun season. I thought might have something to do with a later opening day than most years. It would be good if hunters harvested more does but I’m guilty of not taking my share. So many does that lots don’t get bred first time around it does make secondary rut late season some real good hunting for those who wanna get back after them.
     
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  11. ptbrauch

    ptbrauch 12 pointer

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    I think the weather had the biggest impact. With most hunters hunting only the weekends, we had wind and rain for half of them. I was out there in it and besides never seeing a deer those days, I never saw another hunter or heard any shots. I've never hunted a season with as many rainy days and windy days as this one.
     
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  12. useyourbow

    useyourbow 12 pointer

    Covid, poor opening weekend weather on the western half, people holding out for the "big one", Biden depression, mobile phone game play while hunting, Antifa, BLM, Dallas Cowboys, saving ammo for the end of times, etc......
     
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  13. keith meador

    keith meador Got the Spotted Fever

    Could lack of deer processors be part of the problem? Several locally that are full time butcher shops were not taking deer, and several of the deer processors didn't open for business.
     
  14. Campfire

    Campfire 6 pointer

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    So are you saying this made hunters shoot less deer or perhaps they just processed the deer themselves and didn’t tag them in? Does anyone know if there were less hunters this year?
     
  15. riverboss

    riverboss 12 pointer

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    I never saw another Hunter on any of the farms I hunt on, usually I will see a bunch of trucks parked watching the big open ridges, not one was ever there this yr.
    Land owners said they hadn't seen anyone around either.
     
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