Kentucky Afield Outdoors:

Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:23 am

Hunters log another top-five deer season

It’s often said these are the good old days for deer hunting in Kentucky, but for those of a certain age, or new to hunting, it’s all they have ever known.

The world was tip-toeing into a new millennium the last time Kentucky’s deer harvest did not break 100,000 for a season. The 2016-17 season cleared that mark and surpassed 130,000 for the fifth consecutive season.

Hunters combined to take more than 139,000 deer<http://app.fw.ky.gov/harvest/deerharvest.asp> before the book closed Jan. 16 on one of the three best seasons on record<http://app.fw.ky.gov/harvest/harvestcomparison.asp> in Kentucky. The only seasons with higher harvest totals were the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons.

“We’ve been harvesting a

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    Deer harvest

    Kristen Branham harvested this six point buck with her 243 rifle during modern gun season.

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    Deer harvest

    Jaxon Hadley harvested this 12 point buck with a drop tine on November 12 in Clinton County.

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    Deer harvest

    Jared Grant killed this eight-point buck in Clinton County on Sunday, November 6. This is his first buck with a bow. Grant killed the deer with a Bear Bow, Black Eagle arrow and a Rage Broadhead.

    KSP warns motorists of increased deer activity

    With the changing of fall leaves comes the migration of wildlife, particularly deer. The Kentucky State Police is urging all motorists to be aware of the increased dangers posed by deer wandering onto roadways this fall.

    “Drivers should be engaged, alert and on the lookout for deer this time of year. Deer mating season leads to higher roaming activity all across the Commonwealth, which leads to more car-deer crashes,” says KSP Lt. Michael Webb.

    In 2015, Kentucky recorded 3,283 vehicle-deer

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