Effort, Buck Harvest Up At Deer Park Check

Hunter numbers and buck harvest were up at WDFW’s Deer Park check station northwest of Spokane, according to regional wildlife manager Kevin Robinette.

He says that 226 hunters were checked with 15 whitetails and six mule deer on Sunday, the only day the station is open over opening weekend.

Last year, 187 sportsmen came through with 14 whitetails and five muleys.

Twelve whitetail does were also brought through in 2009’s first Sunday of the rifle hunt, but no permits are available this season.

“First peak, things look good,” says Robinette.

He expects hunting conditions to improve for the second weekend.

“It’s supposed to rain this weekend, so that will change things a bit,” Robinette says.

WDFW also checked 1,536 hunters with 53 blacktails at the Vail station in southern Puget Sound and 31 deer at the Winthrop station.

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