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Inkom, Idaho ( KIDK / KIFI ) Sunday is the last day Idaho Fish and Game will be running check stations for hunters taking–home their new catch and this is the last week for the deer season, as it ends on Thursday.
We must warn you, the video may be a little graphic.
"We hiked around quite a bit and we saw quite a few but i couldn't get a shot off," explains Terron Allred, 16, a hunter from Pocatello.
This is Terron Allred's first deer, ever and just like most hunters pulling through the Fish and Game check station near Inkom, it took days of hiking and roughing the terrain before Allred was able to shoot anything worthwhile.
"At about Saturday evening we were sitting in a little valley. We didn't see anything. But as we were walking back to the truck, we saw a couple deer," adds Allred.
Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Manager Martha Wackenhut says this year they're seeing quite a bit of success passing through the check station.
Wackenhut explains, "hunters seem to be quite satisfied with the number of deer they're seeing in general."
And she says this success rate has been increasing throughout the years.
"We've had a lot of youth come through that have gotten their first deer, and that's always fun to see. And that's one of the highlights of the check station," adds Wackenhut.
She says the check station also helps collect biological information, measuring antlers, collecting teeth and this year, they're checking for chronic wasting disease which is normally found in deer living in the Midwest, East, and now the West.
"Luckily we haven't found it yet in Idaho but we continue to test for it to kind of keep track of when and where we might pick it up at," adds Wackenhut.
But today, hunters are just coming back to enjoy the sport and for the Hanson's,even some family bonding time.
As Pocatello residents Reid and Kash Hanson explain, "just fun to go together and enjoy spending time with each other."
"Just gotta be quiet, know the right spots, know what they like, and where they would be at."
Fish and Game estimates to have this season's numbers analyzed and released by this winter.