by Paul Lefebvre
copyright the Chronicle 11-13-2013
Why do deer hunters enjoy less success in the Northeast Kingdom than they do elsewhere?
The 2013 deer rifle season opens Saturday, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife is projecting a harvest similar to 2012 when rifle hunters took 6,159 buck over the 16-day season.
Adam Murkowski, the department’s top deer biologist, said he expects that 16 percent of the state’s deer population will be harvested. He estimated the herd’s present population at roughly 130,000, and noted that the harvest rate has been stable for the last few years. Continue reading