It was another record year for deer hunters across the state of Kentucky. According to information from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the 2013-14 deer season in Kentucky ended January 20 with a total harvest of 144,404 animals, which is a gain of more than 9 percent over the previous record set during the 2012-13 season.
A spotty crop of acorns and other hard mast across Kentucky during this season had deer on the move, and made them more vulnerable to hunters. There was also an increase of about 9,000 deer permits sold, about one third of those coming through youth sportsman’s licenses, which also meant there were more hunters in the field.
Harvest totals for firearms, archery, muzzleloading, and crossbow were up across the board. A record 104,619 deer were taken by firearms hunters. Archery hunters harvested 20,833 whitetails while muzzleloader hunters bagged 15,641 deer and crossbow hunters reported taking 3,311 deer. Male deer accounted for nearly 54 percent of the deer harvested.
Three of the top five counties in terms of estimated deer densities produced the top harvest totals. Hunters in Owen County took 4,069 whitetails to lead the state followed by Pendleton County with 3,464 and Crittenden County with 3,033.