Beginning last Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening, I documented deer movement utilizing a variety of methods. While not scientific, use of moon phase, GPS coordinates, known deer habitat, correlation of deer/vehicle accidents, hunter and landowner input and 14 years of baby-sitting known poaching roads, lead me to believe there is still hope for a successful hunting season. As I was on a set (game warden stationary patrol) the other night I could hear geese flying overhead by the light of the moon. After 24 years of doing this job, some things are predictable.
Unfortunately, illegal activity has begun to pick up as well. On Saturday, one illegal turkey was seized, two does were found shot and left to lie within a few miles of each other, multiple rounds were fired into a vacant building, reports of slow moving vehicles (10 mph or less) observing areas of high deer density and dumping deer parts or partial carcasses in ditches are a few of the reported incidents.
While inspecting local locker plants for deer and other game, a resurgence in hunters failing to properly complete deer tags, landowners leasing property for hunting for pay or other consideration have not purchased hunting lease licenses (page 26 Outdoor Annual) and people running hog traps need to ensure deer do not become trapped.
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