Hunters Head Out for Opening Day

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

"This is what all hunters look forward to every year," said hunter Ray Rosenberry. "Opening day of gun season."

Hunters like Rosenberry couldn't wait for today.

"I was out there 6 a.m. this morning, listening to the sounds of the woods and all the night noises."

Just a few hours later, he went home happy with a deer, but not before he stopped by the Rose Lake check station.

"We gotta work with them and they gotta work with us so we can have this quality hunt," he said.

And in return for checking their deer, hunters get a little information about the deer they've harvested and a deer patch, which many hunters collect.

"This is their reward, our thank you to them for bringing their deer and letting us collect some information," said Barbara Avers of the DNR.

They look for thinks like the deer's sex and age "by looking at the amount of wear on the teeth," she said.

It's data that's gotten harder to come by after budget cuts last year left hunters with fewer check stations to go to.

"It has reduced the number of deer we check," she said.

And, something hunters can watch for is TB.

"There will be a bunch of small white bumps between the lungs and the ribs," said John Darling, a wildlife assistant.

The DNR asks hunters to bring back their deer heads for research if the animal was caught within a 10-mile range of one with the disease.

Rosenberry says he's looking forward to eating the venison with his family.

The DNR encourages hunters to donate some of their venison to Sportsmen Against Hunger, a group that will donate it to local food banks for needy families.

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