Massachusetts hunters set a new state record in 2018.
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife announced that Massachusetts hunters killed more deer in 2018 than any other year on record.
In total, 14,513 deer were killed in 2018 which is 1,200 more than the previous year and it sets a record for most deer killed during a Massachusetts hunting season.
But why did this happen?
Wildlife officials said there were two important changes in the 2018 season. which include the opening of more than 7,500 acres of Wachusett Reservoir Public Land, and the two-week extension of the archery season.
Rick Bangham lives near the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. He and his wife have lived at their home for more than 30 years. Bangham said he’s seen more deer in his yard in the last several months, than ever before. They’re even eating some of his bushes at night.
“It looked to be like it was three separate hurds that travels together around here of 10 to 15 deer, so everyone around here has been saying this has been a real banner year for seeing the deer,” Bangham said.
Most of the deer killed in 2018 were adult males, which totaled 8,173.
This is the second year in a row the number of deer killed has gone up in Massachusetts.