Conservation agent Mike Christensen credits the weather with the extreme decrease in deer harvest numbers from opening weekend, Nov. 16 and 17.
Although Pike County still earned the second-highest spot in harvest numbers from the northeast region, total harvest numbers from the county are still reflecting a decrease of 155 from 2012 and 647 from the year prior.
With warmer temperatures and 50 to 60 miles-per-hour wind gusts, this past weekend did not have what it took to make a successful hunt.
Pike County tallied 418 antlered bucks, 116 button bucks, and 361 does, for an 895 total. Macon was the highest county in the region, totalling 1105 harvested.
Christensen expects to see numbers pick up at the season progresses, but still thinks total harvests will be down.