The Department of Natural Resources estimates about 250,000 deer are harvest during firearm season each year. Wildlife specialist Brent Rudolph says a large percentage of them are killed in the first couple days of the season.
This year, there was heavy snowfall Up North and rain and wind in the southern parts of the state, and it meant hunters had to play catch-up.
The herds of deers are also smaller than in years past. Rudolph calls it "design"--careful management of deer populations to prevent car-deer accidents, unhealthy habitats, and deer disease. He says some populations are even below target now, and it may be several years before hunters see differently.
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