PARIS — Some deer hunting observers have indicated the 2017 deer firearm season was a success.

Others disagree.

This includes Paris area resident Kyle Randall, who has approximately 1 million viewers to his weekly Wilderness Journal television program.

“As for the firearm deer season, I don’t want to use the word pathetic, so I’ll use the word poor,” he said. “There were some really nice deer taken as there always are. But a combination of an earlier than average rut and a rainy opening day, I think, really suppressed the deer season overall.

“While there were some nice animals taken later in the season, the harvest, I’m sure, will be down considerably. Opening day in Michigan is responsible for 70 to 75 percent of the harvest. If there’s a poor opener, there’s just no way to replace it. Once the large amount of hunters go into the woods, the deer become more nocturnal.

“The deer are there but they become more elusive and difficult to harvest.”

The December muzzleloader and bow seasons have ended.

“It think it was a little better than average, mostly because of the normal firearm season which was a little worse and there were a few more deer running around,” Randall said. “The colder temperatures helped. Now we’re looking at the late bow season (through Jan. 1), which doesn’t get much participation. But I think this year, it warrants a lot of second looks by hunters, because I think there were a lot of deer still out there to be taken.

“The late grouse season, as long as the snow doesn’t get too deep, should be real good. We have enough snow for the beagles and rabbits. There’s not enough ice yet but it should soon be ice fishing season. There’s still some outdoor adventure coming.”

Colder temperatures should be making good ice.

“I want to warn people,” Randall said, “last year in January, I lost a very good friend through the ice. Quite frankly, I don’t have enough friends to lose anymore.”