By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Deer hunting in Franklin County and across the rest of southeastern Idaho should be fairly good when the season opens next Thursday, Oct. 10, with an abundance of two-point bucks.
Local Idaho Department of Fish and Game officer Korey Owens said locally there’s been two back-to-back dry winters, which have helped populations rebound from 2010/11, when some areas were hit with early and deep snow and cold temperatures.
Owens told The Citizen last winter was dry and cold, by comparison, and adult deer and fawn survival was good. IDFG’s monitoring showed about 60 percent of mule deer fawns statewide survived last winter, which is about 10 percent above average.
“I’ve seen a lot of two-point bucks this fall and a few bigger animals,” he said. “We should have a good hunt this fall… about the same as last year. There are more younger animals, but maybe fewer big bucks.”
Owens said hunters should find deer around water sources and anywhere there’s green forage.
“We are seeing animals down low, feeding in alfalfa fields. But folks are also seeing a good number of animals at higher elevations,” he said.
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