Outdoors blog: Statistics from the Duluth bowhunt for deer
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Statistics from Duluth's bowhunt for deer
Here are some interesting statistics about Duluth's bowhunt for deer, as compiled by data guru Brian Borkholder for the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance. A fisheries biologist by trade, Borkholder donates his time to keep statistics for the Duluth hunt. If you want more details than I provide here, go to www.bowhuntersalliance.org. Believe me, there's more there.
Some facts about the 2009 hunt:
A record 586 deer were taken in the hunt. That tops previous years' totals of 533 (2008), 567 (2007), 564 (2006) and 331 (2005, the hunt's first year).
Of those 586 deer, 492 (84 percent) were antlerless, and 94 (16 percent) were antlered bucks.
A total of 316 hunters were placed for the hunt. Of those, 246 shot at least one deer.
The average number of deer killed per hunter was 1.85 if you count all the hunters placed, and 2.38 per hunter if you count just successful hunters.
A total of 18.4 deer were harvested per square mile.
A total of 59 deer were reported wounded, and most of those had only superficial wounds (called "haircuts" in Borkholder's data). The wounding rate was 10.9 percent (wounded deer compared to total harvest).
Fifty-five percent of deer harvested came from public land. Forty-five percent came from private land.