Iowa deer hunters reportedly took roughly 70,000 deer throughout the 2011 shotgun hunting seasons – a 9 percent drop from 2010, despite similar numbers of hunting licences.
Dale Garner, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau, attributes the reduced harvest to a declining deer population throughout the state.
“Deer numbers in many areas are near the department’s objective and we are now encouraging hunters to be more selective with their harvest,” said Garner.
The Iowa Department of Natural resources will review the harvest and population surveys at the end of the hunting seasons in January, and will consider efforts to stabilize the deer population.
For more information, read the full DNR press release here.