Lyon County was part of a record Kentucky deer harvest of 107,039 deer during the 16-day modern gun season that concluded Nov. 24. More than 1,000 of those were taken locally.
"Season timing and weather conditions before opening day made us think we should have a good season," said Kyle Sams, acting Deer and Elk Program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "We had a poor mast crop this year, which puts deer on the move. We also had perfect weather: not too cold and not too warm."
Last year, Kentucky hunters harvested 106,804 deer during the modern gun season, which was a record until this season.
In Lyon County, 1,049 deer were killed in the just concluded firearm season, outdistancing the previous high of 954 in 2017, according to records dating back to 2000 from KDFWR.
Hunters may be concerned about possible overharvest of deer with two consecutive record modern gun season harvest totals. However, the statewide one-buck limit, coupled with a reduction in the bag limit of antlerless deer in eastern Kentucky, ensure that this will not adversely affect the herd.
"With bag limits for deer in place, overharvest is not a concern," Sams said. "Biologists monitor deer harvest numbers annually to ensure the herd remains in good shape."
Sams expects the good hunting to continue during the December muzzleloader season that opens Saturday and closes Dec. 22.
If current trends hold, the 2019-2020 deer season could be the second highest harvest total ever. The current record is 155,730 deer taken by hunters in the 2015-16 season.