Its the final week of the 2013 deer hunt and this year’s hunt has been one of the most successful in recent years.
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist Rich Hoppe says deer registrations are up in the County.
Ben’s Trading Post in Presque Isle has been extremely busy they are averaging about 6 deer registrations a day. The total number of deer tagged is up from last year and significantly up from 2007. Ben Leblanc says that he has talked to several people who are very excited about the season
“They are very excited a lot of guys looking forward to this week Thanksgiving week. There is snow on the ground even more muzzle loaders and guys waiting and taking vacation for muzzle loading. Less pressure from other hunters and there is still some big deer out there.”
Leblanc said that Ben’s Trading Post is averaging about 6 tags a day. He said that the deer that have been registered are looking good
“They seem to be tagging more bucks with larger racks and real good shape. Several bucks this year over 200 pounds as high as 222 really nice bucks big racks wide racks 22 plus inches.”
He said the increase in the deer harvest has also been beneficial to sales at the Trading Post
” Last year the deer kill was up and we sold a few ore rifles this year a lot more deer have been spotted. Because of that people started buying new rifles or updating their rifles it has been good for sales.