Hunters, gun shop owners and people registering deer say there are fewer people hitting the woods to kill deer this year. An employee of a popular sporting goods shop near a designated T-Zone says it is usually very crowded during hunting season, but the shop has been unusually quiet lately.
"Sales in general are down," said Shane Viergutz, who says he has been working at Z's Sport Shop for about 10 years. "It doesn't seem there are as many people hunting as normal years would be."
Viergutz says he thinks it has something to do with the ban on baiting. Area hunters says they agree.
"I hear a lot of hunters saying that because they're used to sitting over a bait pile to draw the deer into them," said Medford hunter Gary Kapfhamer. "They [say they] don't know how to look for them, so they're just not going to do it."
The October hunt is for doe's only, meaning only deer without antlers. Workers at a registration site says they have had far fewer deer register this year than in previous years, but workers say it's hard to compare the numbers from this year with last year's, because the areas hunters were allowed in were limited for the four-day hunt.
Final numbers on how many deer were registered and brought in for CWD testing have not yet been released.