The number of deers harvested by hunters in Haywood County during the last deer season is double what it was just two years ago.

A total of 474 were taken by hunters in Haywood County during last year’s deer season. That’s compared to 395 during the 2019-20 hunting season, and compared to 236 during the 2018-2019 season.

The numbers are reported by hunters to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

While there’s been a statewide increase in deer hunting, the increase in Haywood far outpaces the average increase elsewhere in the state.

Statewide, the deer harvest during the most recent hunting season was up 9% over the previous year. In Haywood, it was up 20% — which mirrored the increase for WNC as a whole.

The 2020-21 reported harvest is likely influenced by both an increase in the deer population and hunter effort.

“The pandemic resulted in more time at home and opportunity to engage in outdoor activities for lots of people. The increase in new hunters and overall hunter participation is an encouraging trend that we hope will continue in the future,” said Wildlife Commission Biologist Jon Shaw.

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