“Here and Now” has a hunter on its team. Reporter Zac Schultz is happy to report from Taylor County that on opening day he bagged an eight-point buck. Members of his hunting party also took does.
Even though Zac is officially on vacation for the deer hunting opener — time off he schedules every year — he did a “shoot” for us this week in deer country.
Zac interviewed a Department of Natural Resources official in the field, as well as hunters at a registration station. Hunters said they’re loving the warm, sunny weather and seeing a lot of deer.
Zac’s photographer, Ryan Ward, reports that Ed Culhane, DNR Western Region Spokesman,
“was really excited about the increase in license sales for this year. He said of the 25,000 new licenses sold about one third came from youngsters under the age of 17 and another third came from female hunters, both of which were groups the DNR targeted really hard this year to get them out hunting.”
The DNR reports the statewide deer harvest during opening weekend was up nearly 20 percent over last year. The DNR says registration increased in all regions, but may be partly due to the warm weather and the immediate registration of deer rather than hanging them at camp.
There were some reports of hunters not seeing a lot of deer, mostly in the far north.
Look for Zac’s interviews and video from his deer camp Friday on “Here and Now,” statewide at 7:30 p.m.