After a slow start due to poor weather, the shotgun season for deer is in full swing.
As of Wednesday afternoon — the third day of the two-week shotgun season — a total of 67 deer had been checked in at the station at Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, while 35 had been checked in at the Wampanoag tribe station in Aquinnah.
Through the first week of shotgun season last year, by comparison, 200 deer were checked in at the state forest and 122 were checked in with the tribe.
The season opened Monday with windy, rainy weather, but on Tuesday and Wednesday the weather cleared.
The fickle nature of deer hunting was apparent at the check-in station at the state forest on Wednesday. After two relatively slow days, trucks were lined up and waiting and almost every bed was stacked with two freshly killed deer.
“It’s been a busy day, but overall the numbers are still a little down,” said John J. Scanlon, forest project leader with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife who runs the station.
On Monday one hunter bagged a prize 175-pound, 10-point buck.
Shotgun season runs for two weeks this year, through Dec. 8