Deer season has wrapped up across Southeast Idaho and statistics show it was an improvement from last year.

There were more two-point bucks due to more fawns surviving last year's winter, but there were fewer adult and bigger bucks.

A Southeast Idaho check station showed that out of 1076 hunters in 2017, only 115 mule deer were caught compared to 1126 hunters this year catching 202 mule deer.

This yielded an increased success rate from around 12% last year to 19.5% this year.

Zach Lockyer, Regional Wildlife Manager, Idaho Fish and Game Southeast Region said, "We were really pleased with what we saw and heard from hunters this year. Attitudes were up, a lot of people got out, we saw a lot of kids with their first bucks."

If we have another mild winter, next season could yield an increase in three or four point bucks.


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