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Deer harvest among highest in recent years

Hunters in Kentucky harvested more white-tailed deer during the 2022-23 season than the season before and posted an overall harvest total rivaling some of the highest on record.

The 144,506 deer taken by hunters from early September through Jan. 16 is the highest total since 2019 and the fourth most taken in a season over the past decade. The 2015-16 season harvest of 155,734 remains the benchmark in Kentucky's modern history.

The top five counties by total harvest this past season were Christian, Hardin, Shelby, Breckinridge and Pendleton. 

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