Deer hunting activity quiet

BALDWIN —The official deer hunting season is rapidly coming to a close although most activity has been quiet for quite awhile now.

George Tharp of Ed’s Sport Shop in Baldwin, mentioned the deer have continually been on the move in recent weeks, and some are still out there for any hunter that wants to brave the cold temperatures for the final days of the season.

Bow hunting continues through New Year’s Day. Tharp indicated muzzleloading season earlier this month was quiet and there’s not expected to be too much activity the final week of the season, depending on how many diehard archery hunters there might be.

“There’s still deer out there moving,” he said.

Tharp and others see possibilities for small game hunting depending on the species and area. Squirrel hunting has had popularity in Lake County in recent years. Rabbit hunting goes through the end of March.

Cold temperatures expected this week, with highs in the single digits some days,  should provide ice fishing opportunities in various spots across the area, Tharp said. He, like other local fishing experts, indicated the bite so far has reportedly been sluggish.

He added that river fishing for steelhead is still showing promise.



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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