Before statehood, and before regulated hunting seasons, nearly all deer were eliminated.
By 1917, the state Legislature issued a ban on deer harvest.
In 1933, after the hunting ban had been in effect for 16 years, the first regulated deer gun season was allowed by the state. Restricted to seven counties, the five-day hunting season yielded 235 bucks.
The year also marked the beginning of safety regulations for wearing a red upper outer garment (later to become “hunter” orange).
The state authorized the first archery season in 1946. Limited to one day, Nov. 11, in seven southeast counties, the season reported no deer taken.