Kentucky Afield Outdoors

Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:08 am

Hunters post fifth-highest deer harvest on record

Looking at the total number of deer harvested by hunters in Kentucky during the 2017-18 season, it would appear nothing was out of the ordinary.

The season ended earlier this month. When it did, hunters had combined to take more than 136,000 deer across the state, making it the sixth consecutive season with a harvest total greater than 130,000 and the fifth highest total on record in Kentucky.

The figure could have climbed higher but for a significant outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) that hit deer populations in parts of east Kentucky particularly hard followed by a historic cold snap late in the season that likely deterred some hunters.

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    Deer harvests

    Zack Poore, age 9, killed his first deer, a six pointer with a .243 rifle.

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    Deer harvests

    Emma McClellan harvested this 5-point buck the second weekend of the deer season.

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    Deer harvests

    Lee Tallent is shown with his first deer killed during muzzle loader season while hunting with his dad.