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Arkansas’ preliminary deer harvest second highest on record

From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

-- During last week’s monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners were briefed on the state’s recent deer season harvest. Brad Miller, AGFC deer program coordinator, told the commission the harvest was up again from the 2008-09 season.

For the second consecutive year, Arkansas deer hunters harvested almost record numbers of deer in The Natural State. Last year, hunters checked about 185,000 deer. For the 2009-10 season, the preliminary harvest total increased to 187,000 deer. The record deer harvest in Arkansas was 195,000 deer checked in 1999, the most in a single year since the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began keeping records in 1938.

The largest increase came in the doe harvest where hunters took over 83,400 female deer. That number was over 11.4 percent higher than last year. The buck harvest was down about 5 percent.

Miller made note that shifting from paper check sheets to internet and telephone checking improved data quality. “We had a 98 percent decrease in the number of deer checked without stating the sex of the deer,” Miller said. That number dropped from 1,758 to just 32 deer this season. “And we think we can eventually drop that number to zero,” Miller added.

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