Opening weekend brings mixed reviews PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    With the start of gun season getting underway Saturday for local hunters, many of the local check stations had mixed reviews about the number of deer.
    Katheryn Tolliver at Tolliver's Hunting and Fishing in Vallonia said the number checked at her store was down substantially from two years ago.
    Last year's cold and wet weather affected the number, but the year before, Tolliver said there were 150 deer checked on opening day.
    This year her store only checked 76 on opening day and 132 total over the weekend.
    OF the 132 deer checked she said there have been good sizes with the heaviest one weighing in at 198 pounds.
    “We were busy, but not as busy as we thought,” she said.
     Tolliver's numbers may have been down, but Amos Mills at Red Barn Bait Shop was more than pleased with the 137 deer he checked in on opening weekend.
    “Last year the weather was awful on opening day and the numbers were down,” he said. “They were actually down all season for us. It has been different they are still wheeling them in this morning (Monday).”
    Mills said of the 137 checked a number of them were notable in size. He said there were a lot of deer checked in over 200 pounds and there were even a couple that weighed 230 pounds.
    “We had some big bucks with nice racks and weights,” he said. “They seem to be bigger than normal this year. I think it's because of all the rain we've had, which helped the vegetation and helped them get nice and fat.”
    Mark Ratzloff at the Hardinsburg General Store checked 50 deer this year and he felt like that was a good number. He said he felt like the nice weather in the mid 60s helped.
    He said he had a non-typical rack with 26 points, but had several 10 and 12 point bucks.
    Ratzloff said the heaviest deer he checked on opening weekend w3as 205 poinds.
    At Fox's General Store Owner Journey Purlee said he checked in 30 deer, which exceeded his expectations.
    This is Purlee's first year running the general store and wasn't sure what the average number of deer usually checked in.
    Shorty's Market in Pekin checked 18 deer, which is down slightly according to Owner Mark Pixley.
    “It has been kind of slow,” he said. “We only checked in 13 during bow season. We had two decent sized deer on opening gun weekend but nothing spectacular.”
    A new check station in the county is located on Voyles Road in Pekin, Crossroads Store and Storage.
    Roger Futty said Owner Joe Prest checked one deer Satuday, but had three Sunday.
    This is the first year so Futty said there aren't any past numbers to compare, but said they were pretty happy.
    The four deer were good size. Futty said there were eight- and nine-point bucks and a couple of good-sized doe.
    Morgan's Market on State Road 56 checked in 58 deer on opening weekend and Corner Food Mart on 135 South checked 73.
    A call was made to Mauck's General Store in Salem, but a total from opening weekend was unavailable.
    A complete list of check stations in Indiana is available at
    Fire arm season began on Nov. 14 and will run through Nov. 29. Hunters will then have a week to regroup before muzzle loader season begins Dec. 5-20.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:39