NJF&G posted the 2016-2017 NJ Deer kill numbers and there was a whopping ~20% rebound in kills from the prior year's Acorn Apocalypse.
Here's a Top-10 list of interesting things I gleaned from a quick view of the raw data:
1) Once again, Zone 12 led New Jersey in number of deer killed.
2) Zone 5 had the 3rd-highest deer kill tally in the state, so there ARE plenty of deer there!
3) Even though there was a healthy rebound in deer taken, the youth tally was once again extremely low. Was the weather bad those days? If not, I hope it's not a bad harbinger for the future.
4) The permit bow kill was the 2nd highest in history. I imagine this correlates with the explosion in nationwide crossbow sales.
5) While the 6-day kill was the highest of the last 4 seasons, it was still down on a historical basis.
6) Permit Muzzleloader continues to die. Ignoring last year given the "challenges", it was at a 26 year low.
7) The permit shotgun kill, once again ignoring last season, was the lowest in THIRTY years!
8) The winter bow kill was the 2nd highest in history.
9) The antlered kill was the highest in 7 years, and the second highest in the last 12 years.
10) While everyone was busy killing bucks, apparently they weren't interested in the ladies. Ignoring last year, the doe tally was the lowest in 22 years, despite the healthy buck tally.
I think the most interesting thing is that archery kills are increasing while gun kills continue to decrease. Is it all crossbows, or is there more to it than that? People completely sick & tired of 6-day?
Net/net, this proves that the low numbers from last season really WERE due to the acorns and the weather, and not because there, "dun aint no deer left in New Jersey".
So for those of you who still post on NJH, please tell the ignorant, inbred, 3rd-grade educated morons over there, that I said, "SCIENCE WINS AGAIN" <---- that outta' piss those flat-earthers off.
Edited by BenedictGomez, 05/12/17 - 09:30 PM.