During the state’s four deer hunting seasons, the number of legal bucks with at least two points on one antler totaled 8,831, up eight percent from the year before.
"We estimated there would be an increase in the deer population in 2013 due to two consecutive mild winters," said state deer biologist Adam Murkowski. "The number of antlerless deer permits was increased last year by 16 percent in response to these mild winters and we maintained or reduced antlerless deer permits in other regions to promote population growth."
Biologists say abundant apples, acorns and beechnuts may have resulted in deer being more dispersed than in some previous years. However, cold temperatures and snow in the November rifle season likely increased the ability of hunters to find, see and take deer.
Hunters took 3,212 deer in the archery season, 1,718 on youth weekend, 6,725 in the November rifle season, and 2,452 deer during the December muzzleloader season.
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