Source: The Leaf Chronicle
The last shots have been fired for the 2008-09 deer season and Tennessee deer hunters failed to set a new record with lowest deer harvest in the past five years.
Deer harvest statistics provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency indicate that hunters checked in 163,407 deer during the 2008-09 season that closed with a youth hunt January 17-18. The harvest total was far below the record set during the 2006-07 season when 182,093 deer were checked in.
Tennessee was one of several southeastern states that were hit hard with an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease that killed thousands of deer during the late summer of 2007. Many hunters believe that the die-off resulted in a reduced deer population with less opportunity for harvesting a buck or doe this past season.
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