Our local deer season proved to be as successful as last year. A total of 55 deer were reported taken. The largest deer was bagged in the northeastern part of our county. His rack measured 29 inches wide and biologists estimated he was 6 years old. Ample rainfall has ended the multi-year drought and deer are now scattered throughout their whole range.
W.C. Wittenberg of Imperial reported bagging his first deer in area D-12 opening morning. He had twisted his knee badly during bow season so he drove to his favorite spot, west of Palo Verde, in his four-wheel drive vehicle. After parking he hobbled 20 yards, with rifle and folding chair, and sat down to wait. Twenty minutes after sunup a herd of 30 deer passed in front of him and he bagged a nice buck with three points on each side.
Duck hunting success at the three state and federal shooting areas dropped last week. Thirty-nine hunters bagged 22 ducks for a .56 bird average at Finney-Ramer. Last year during the same time hunters averaged .58 birds each.