Preliminary deer hunting totals on par with last seasonFor the archery deer season, a preliminary total of 3,001 deer were checked in at official MassWildlife check stations. According to the MassWildlife website, the Western District office tallied 266 deer while Connecticut Valley District office reported 199. Central District stations had 779 deer checked, Northeast District 643, and Southeast District checked 1,114. Last year's final archery total was 3,016.
Preliminary figures for deer checked in for the statewide shotgun season totaled 6,128. The breakdown of numbers by District check stations were: Western District 936; Connecticut Valley District 1,134; Central District 1,707; Northeast District 598 and Southeast District with 1,753. Some check stations have yet to send in their reports.In addition to the above total, 117 deer were taken during at Quabbin Reservation. The shotgun season for deer opened statewide on November 28 and ran through December 5 on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, and through December 12 across the remainder of the state.
During the 2004 shotgun season a total of 6,682 deer were checked. The highest tally from shotgun season was recorded in 1995 when 8,131 deer were taken. Deer hunters are reminded that the muzzleloader season is open through December 31, 2005 and all hunters must have an antlerless deer permit to take antlerless deer. Antlerless deer permits are still available for Zones 11, 13 and 14.