Deer registrations numbers really jump up through second weekend

John Sjoberg with his nine point, 210 pound buck.

The Tower area, which includes Ely, saw a major jump from last year’s deer harvest numbers.
The DNR reports an increase of 44 percent through Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Eight out of nine permit areas showed registration increases ranging from 25% to 59%. One permit area (BWCA) showed a decline of 51%.
Buck harvest, the best indicator of population change, was up 23% overall. Buck harvest was up consistently across the area ranging from 25-59% in 8 of 9 permit areas
The entire 2016 season has benefited from extremely mild November weather, no storms and light to moderate winds.
Three factors are driving increased hunter success: a growing deer population, antlerless deer permit availability (most permit areas were bucks only in 2015) and October-like weather conducive to stand hunting success
Record warm temperatures have increased hunter effort and success, especially on weekends.
Buck rutting activity increased significantly over the second weekend and into week two with bucks chasing does prior to breeding.
Hunting conditions are very favorable for tree stand hunters.
The strongest registration continues to be on the west end of the Tower Area in permit areas 108, 176, 177 and 178.
Hunters report seeing lots of fawns and young bucks as the population rebounds from the extreme winters of 2013 and 2014.
The firearms deer season in this area runs through Sunday, Nov. 20. The muzzleloader season begins Saturday, Nov. 26, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 11.