Deer Harvest Summary for 2003-2004

Deer Harvest Summary for 2003-2004

Archery Harvest (including crossbow)*

Almost thirty-seven percent (37%) of deer hunters hunted with archery equipment. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of these were succesful in harvesting a deer. It took the average archery deer hunter about 24 days to harvest a deer and the average archery deer hunter spent 13 days hunting deer. Does made up about 74% of the archery deer harvest. The table belows provides additional information.

Archery Deer Hunters 

111,682

Archery Buck Harvest

  15,300

 Archery Doe Harvest

42,300

 Total Archery Harvest

57,600

 Average Deer/Hunter

      0.5



* Number of hunters using a crossbow - 22,136;
Crossbow harvest - 10,313 (22% of archery harvest; 3% of total harvest)

Muzzleloader Harvest

Almost twenty-three percent (23%) of deer hunters hunted with muzzleloading firearms. Slightly more than 1 out of every 5 muzzleloader hunters were succesful in harvesting a deer (21%). It took the average muzzleloader hunter almost 14 days to harvest a deer and the average muzzleoader hunter spent 5 days hunting deer with a muzzleloader. Does made up about 73% of the muzzleloading firearm deer harvest. The table belows provides additional information.

Muzzleloader Hunters 

69,078

Muzzleloader Buck Harvest

  6,000

Muzzleloader Doe Harvest

16,300

 Total Muzzleloader Harvest

22,300

 Average Deer/Hunter

      0.3



Modern Firearms Harvest

Ninety-five percent (95%) of deer hunters hunted with modern firearms. Fifty-six percent (56%) were successful in harvesting a deer. It took the average firearm deer hunter about 13 days to harvest a deer and the average firearm deer hunter spent 18 days hunting deer. Does made up almost 61% of the modern firearm deer harvest. The table belows provides additional information.

Modern Firearm Hunters 

289,703

Modern Firearm Buck Harvest

158,000

Modern Firearm Doe Harvest

246,100

Total Modern Firearm Harvest

404,100

Average Deer/Hunter

      1.4

Statewide Summary

There were 304,310 deer hunters that hunted deer in 2003-2004. This was a 8.7% increase in deer hunters from 2002-2003. About 80% or 243,215 were licensed resident deer hunters. Almost 10% or 30,207 were honorary deer hunters and about 10% or 30,888 were non-resident deer hunters. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of deer hunters were successful in harvesting a deer. The average deer hunter hunted 21 days and it took the average deer hunter about 13 days to harvest a deer. Does made up close to 61% of the total deer harvest.

Total Deer Hunters 

304,310

Total Buck Harvest 188,000
Total Doe Harvest 296,000
Total Deer Harvest

484,000

Average Deer/Hunter

        1.6



Hunter Success Summary for All Deer Harvested
Number of
Deer Harvested
Percent
Hunter Success

0

40.6

1

21.2

2

15.4

3

8.3

4

5.1

5

3.3

6

2.5

7

0.9

8 or more

2.5

 
Hunter Success Summary for All Bucks Harvested
Number of
Bucks Harvested
Percent
Hunter Success

 0

 57.8

 1

 27.8

 2

 12.5

 3 or more

 1.9


Hunter Success Summary for All Does Harvested
Number of
Does Harvested
Percent
Hunter Success

0

56.4

1

19.4

2

11.2

3

5.3

4

2.9

5

1.7

6

1.1

7

0.6

8 or more

1.2




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