Total of 509 deer checked in
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Deer hunters checked in a total of 509 deer during the rifle season that ended Sunday night after sundown.
Ron Schoenberger, owner of Lakers in Enders, said this year’s total exceeded last year’s total by 11 deer.
Lakers serves as one of the Game & Parks’ check-in sites for the area.
Schoenberger said of the 509 deer taken, 206 were white tails with 303 mule deer comprising the balance.
Of the 509 deer, 372 were bucks along with 137 does.
Based on his figures, 56 percent of the deer were checked in during the first three days of the season.
On the opening day, Schoen-berger checked in 128 deer, followed by 90 on Sunday, Nov. 16 and 68 on Monday, Nov. 17.
The majority of the deer checked in at Enders were shot in Chase County, followed by Hayes and Dundy Counties.
He said 322 were shot in Chase County with another 102 taken in Hayes County.
Hunters indicate where the deer was taken as part of the check-in process.
He said all but three or four deer checked in came out of the Frenchman hunting unit.
Schoenberger said the cold, snowy weather provided great hunting conditions on the opening weekend.
He said it was another good year for deer hunters. He said there were a lot of nice bucks checked in, with most of them being mule deer.
He said hunters told him they had trouble finding many whitetail bucks. The whitetail bucks that came in were mostly young bucks, he added.