The temperatures are getting a little chilly here at home on Salmon River and we've had a bit of snow that didn't stay but you can bet more of the same is just around the corner. Every year older I get, the more I dread the coming of winter. I think I spent too many days freezing in stands and blinds over the years and it has made me more sensitive to falling temperatures. One good thing about those cold mornings is it gets the bucks running. The season just ended and from what I seen and heard it was a good one for most hunters. Cool weather during the rut is what all big buck hunters pray for and with the season running until Nov. 23 this year we did manage to get some cooler weather and a bit of snow on the higher ground. This helped deer hunters harvest some super white-tails this year from all areas of the province. Predictions were in the area of 8-8500 animals to be taken. The actual kill this year was 8,425 total. This compares to 6029 last year. The bow kill this year was the highest ever at 171 animals. This indicates an upward trend in harvest numbers and in turn, indicates a growing deer herd. Once again, the importance of mild winters comes to the forefront as the main limiting factor to an expanding deer herd. There were more deer around this year and that was evident from just driving around and glassing the fields. Most of the hunters I spoke with told me they saw more deer this year while hunting than in the previous few seasons. That's a good news story because it takes sitings and close encounters to keep hunters in the game and sharp.
Ken and the boys did quite well this year chasing deer. Ol' Wes got a little spike horn early in the season and was very happy to get a nice piece of meat for the camp. Cory B. tagged a four point early on in the hunt while travelling with Jamie. Randy-Michael and his father both tagged out early with nice little bucks taken in the Coal Creek area. Dallas tagged a nice, basket racked six point later on in the hunt and Jamie took a very nice high tined buck after making a super shot to close the deal. I'm not going to show the photos of the smaller deer but I've got Jamie and his buck while holding his new baby daughter. Jamie's buck was 170 lbs. dressed and had great tine length for being a young deer. If this buck had another two years of growth it would have been a contender, for sure.
How about some wide bucks with a nice inside spread?