The number of deer taken in Duluth’s city bow hunt this fall continues to run well behind that of previous years. As of this week, 299 deer had been taken in the hunt, which began Sept. 14 and continues through Dec. 31. In the past five years of the hunt, hunters had taken an average of 449 deer by the same time. This year’s harvest to date is down 35 percent the 2012 harvest, when 460 deer had been taken in the same period.
Hunters have said they’re seeing fewer deer and that the city’s deer have become warier than in previous years. In past years, the total harvest in the hunt has ranged from about 560 to 600 per year.