The 2012-2013 bow hunting season ended for the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany hunters and it has been deemed a success. The Albany, New York, season began on September 18, 2012 and went until January 15.
More than 100 archers scoured nearly 1,100 acres of upstate New York, according to Jule Robbins, natural resources manager, Environmental Branch, Installation and Environment Divisions, MCLB Albany.
“The average buck harvested was larger this year compared to the 2011 deer season,” Robbins added. “Hunters also reported seeing less disparity in the doe-to-buck ratio. Equal sex ratios helped to ensure a healthy deer density, which improved the hunter's opportunity to encounter more mature bucks.”
The archers harvested 35 does and 8 bucks this year, slightly down from the quota of 39 does and 16 bucks, but the season was nonetheless a success.
Another hunter in Yancey County, North Carolina, showed why it's worth hunting on the last day of the season.
Rusty Pittman in the last hour of the last day harvested a nine point buck that the Charlotte Observer reported was "nearly symmetrical."