The population of black-tailed deer in southeast Alaska appears to have rebounded from harsh winters years ago, and the hunting is going well.
The Juneau Empire reports that hunters and biologists are seeing a healthy deer population.
Hunter Darrel Wetherall says the population appears to have rebounded from a tough 2006-2007 winter. Snowfall at the Juneau International Airport that year reached a record of 197.8 inches; the following winter also had an above-average snowpack. Doe season closed early in 2007 and 2008 in Unit 4, which covers Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands.
State biologists say there are no worries about the deer in Unit 4 this year, saying that a lot of fawns are being seen.