Rifle season in Vermont wrapped up last weekend and now game wardens are beginning to analyze different trends.
Though exact numbers aren't in yet, they believe the kill count this year is higher than last. At Buxton's General Store in Orwell, they saw 103 deer -- almost all were over 100 pounds.
Wardens say illegal deer jacking incidents are up a bit this year.
And they say 2012 has proven to be a safe hunting season as well. Last year's hunting season was marked by tragedy after a hunter in southern Vermont took his own life after accidentally shooting his friend. So far this year there have been no hunter related shootings.
"That's always good news -- we're always happy with that. I'm always surprised when there is a hunter related shooting incident because there really is no excuse for someone to get shot during any season," said Vt. Game Warden Sgt. George Scribner.
Deer hunting season isn't quite over. Muzzleloader and archery are still underway and wrap up December 9th.