Deer numbers checked at Laker’s just shy of 500
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Total deer checked at the Laker’s in Enders, one of the Game & Parks Commission’s official check-in stations, were down this year from 2012.
A report from Ron Schoenberger of Laker’s said 498 deer came in by the 1 p.m. deadline Monday. That’s a drop from last year’s 540.
Causes for the 7.7 percent decline in success this year could be many, but Schoenberger said he heard a lot of comments they were hard to find this year, especially north of here.
He said that difficulty was expressed more from hunters seeking their prey in Perkins County.
“The last one I checked in Monday was a guy from Perkins County who said he just didn’t see them this year,” Schoenberger said.
Others who hunted in Perkins County had similar comments, he said.
But, on the other hand, other hunters said they spied a lot of deer this firearm season.
The season opened Nov. 16 and closed at sunset Sunday. Successful hunters had until 1 p.m. Monday to get them checked in.
Of the 498 total, 370 were bucks and 128 were does. It was nearly even on species bagged, with 241 being mule deer and 257 whitetail.
The vast majority of deer checked in came from Chase County, as expected. Thirty-three were killed on the reservoir by Enders Lake, he added.
Here is the full breakdown:
Chase County 332
Hayes County 101
Dundy County 48
Hitchcock County 11
Perkins County 6