Last year deer hunters bagged 213,487 whitetails, making 2012 the highest deer harvest year on record. The previous record was 194,687, set back in 1999. The state doesn’t collect deer population data, but bowhunters consistently report seeing a buck-to-doe ratio of about 1:2.5, which is outstanding for any state.
Unlike their cousins to the North, few Arkansas deer died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease in 2012. This year no EHD-related deaths have been reported (at the time of this report), so whitetails will go into the fall in good shape.
“The 2013 hunting season could be another record breaking year,” said Cory Gray, deer program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “We are seeing high amounts of fawns being recruited into the population, and hunters should have a great season.” [ Read Full Post ]