With over a month of hunting left, hunters have harvested over 200,000 deer in the 2014-2015 Arkansas deer season and are approaching the all time record.
At the time this article was written, hunters in Arkansas had harvested 204,661 deer in the 2014-2015 Arkansas deer season. This is the third year in a row hunters in Arkansas have harvested over 200,000 deer in a season.
The all time record was set during the 2012-2013 deer season, when 213,487 deer were harvested. This means that hunters must harvest 8.826 more deer this year to break the record. Though that’s a tall order, it’s certainly possible.
Though the rifle and muzzleloader seasons are now closed, archery hunters may continue to hunt until February 28, giving them over a month and a half to bag a deer.
With the exodus from the woods of hunters using rifles and muzzleloaders, things should be much less crowded for archery hunters.
Additionally, as the season progresses, deer will likely be moving to new areas as food sources get depleted. Make sure you check out those places where you weren’t seeing deer earlier in the season, because they might be there now.
However, officials from the Arkansas Fish and Game Department are urging hunters to be extremely careful and take care to properly identify the sex of a deer before they shoot it.
Since it is so late in the season, some bucks are beginning to shed their antlers. This means that “big doe” you keep seeing may well be a buck that has already lost his antlers.
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