Conservation Agent Eric Smith says it should be a good season.
“The way the weather is looking I think it’s going to allow a lot of hunters to stay in the woods for a longer amount of time, therefore they should be able to see deer and harvest at least one,” Smith said.
The Share the Harvest program also has more funding this year to allowing hunters to give their deer to feed the hungry.
“The first 33 deer at Tom’s Slaughterhouse are free, the first 30 if you do a whole deer donation at The Butcher Shop are free, and then the first hundred at Larry’s Meat Market will be free to the hunter if you do a whole deer donation.”
Smith says he will be on the lookout for baiting, spotlighting and road hunting.
“When you do that, it’s dangerous, you don’t know what’s behind it, but also, they are stealing from that landowner. If you have owned some acres and you plan on hunting that opening morning and you have been seeing that big eight point or ten point and you are saving it for your kid to harvest, and the night before somebody comes by and poaches and shoots it from the road with a light, and just cuts the head off and takes it, they are stealing from you.”
The Operation Game Thief number is 1-800-392-1111.