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December 09, 2011

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Gun-deer harvest nears 600 mark, close to meeting installation goal

Even though the opening weekend of the nine-day gun-deer season at Fort McCoy got off to a slow start because of the rainy, dreary weather, among other factors, hunters picked up steam during the remainder of the season to help the installation get close to its harvest goal of approximately 630 deer, said David Beckmann.
PHOTO: Nate Prairie of the Fort McCoy Wildlife Program ages a buck harvested during the Fort McCoy gun-deer season. Photo by Rob Schuette
Nate Prairie of the Fort McCoy Wildlife Program ages a buck harvested during the Fort McCoy gun-deer season. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Beckmann, the installation’s Wildlife manager, said the 312 deer harvested during the 2011 opening weekend was the same number harvested on the 2010 opening day. The final 2011 total was 594 (214 antlered, 380 antlerless), compared to the final 2010 total of 697 (288 antlered and 408 antlerless).

The seven-day permits sold brought more hunters to the field for the latter part of the season and helped move the deer and increase the harvest totals, Beckmann said.

“Although gun-deer hunters didn’t report seeing large groups of deer, hunters who were here for the muzzle-loader, disabled hunt, and (early) archery seasons reported seeing a good number of deer and deer signs,” he said.
Several installation areas were closed to hunting the first weekend of hunting due to training on several ranges. Beckmann said there were no major problems reported.

Youth hunters, ages 10-12, who had a valid Fort McCoy permit and who followed the State Youth Mentorship Program guidelines, also had a successful hunt. This was the first year participants under the Youth Mentorship Program were allowed to hunt on McCoy.

“Early indications are the deer are again entering the winter in good condition,” and herd numbers will be in good shape for next year, he said.

Archery hunting and an extended fall turkey hunting season re-opened the day after the gun-deer season ended and will continue through Dec. 31, as well.

Permits are available for both seasons. Beckmann said archery hunters can purchase their permit directly from any authorized Automated License Issuance System (ALIS) agent, while fall turkey hunters need to apply through the Permit Sales Office.
For more information about hunting and fishing seasons and regulations at Fort McCoy, visit the Fort McCoy website at www.mccoy.army.mil or call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 or e-mail usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mdx.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil.

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