The number of registered hunters has dropped off, too, from a peak of 136 in 2011 to 110 so far this year. That number is unlikely to rise much, because most owners of the private tracts where hunting is allowed are not accepting more hunters.
For safety reasons, hunting is forbidden on lots of fewer than five acres.
Many of the hunting tracts -- the city's Cato and Pacific Street sites, George Daniels and Vince Dudley in South Hills, Harry and Buffy Wallace in Loudon Heights, Tom Lane at Quarry Creek and Bob Frostick on the West Side hill -- have been around for years. Others come and go.
"We have 21 tracts, and I have one [pending] on my desk that just came in," Molgaard said. Of those, 17 also registered last year; five dropped off from the 2012 list of 22.
All but five of the 36 deer killed so far have been female -- all the better for holding down the deer population -- and hunters have been equally successful across the city.
Five were killed at Quarry Creek, and four each at Dudley's Rambler Road site off Oakwood Road and the Centers Road site -- on the wooded hillside west of Wertz Avenue below the McJunkin Redman offices.
"As our program continues, [the deer kill] may taper off a bit," Molgaard said. "Hopefully, that would happen.
"But we have a problem with our deer population. We'll never eradicate the nuisance. We're making a big dent in controlling the issue. The fact we're having new properties come on each year, people know about the program."
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