Based upon preliminary harvest figures, the total number of adult bucks taken during all of the 2012 deer seasons (firearms, archery, and muzzleloader) for Permit Areas 238, 250, 252, 253, 295, and 296 is up from the 2011 harvest by approximately 35 percent, and very close to the long term average (LTA) of the previous 17 years.
Antlerless deer harvest for the firearms and muzzleloader seasons continues at a lower level due to the reduced number of available either-sex permits. Permits have been at low levels for the past five years, to maintain and/or increase the overall deer population, in part, impacted by the severe winters of 2010 and 2011
For the individual seasons, the adult buck harvest during the firearms deer season was up by approximately 30 percent from 2011, and very similar to the LTA. For muzzleloaders, the increase in buck harvest from 2011 ranged from 3 percent in Permit Area 253 to over 200 percent in Permit Area 250. When the muzzleloader permit areas are combined, the increase from the average of the last nine years was approximately 20 percent. For archery, the combined permit area harvest was up approximately 60 percent from 2011 and 30 percent from the LTA.
Historical annual deer harvest, combined for all season types, by individual permit area is shown in the attached charts. The general trend is recently reduced antlerless harvest and relatively stable long term buck harvest.
Total deer harvest results from all of permit areas in the State, through 2011 can be found on the DNR’s web site.