Iowa deer harvest numbers declined for the eighth straight year.
According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), only 99,409 deer were harvested and reported in the state, below 100,000 for the first time since the mid-1990s.
The number is down 14% from the previous year, and decreased by 34% from the high in 2006. Hunting licenses sold in 2013 were down as well; the 359,956 bought by hunters was almost 18,500 fewer sold than last year.
Decreasing Deer...Is There a Nationwide Deer Shortage?
The Iowa DNR will take these low numbers into consideration as they discuss hunting season specifics later in the winter.
Iowa operates on a mandatory reporting system, and gives hunters the option of online, telephone or in-person harvest reporting.
It’s illegal to kill a deer (or turkey) without reporting it to the Iowa DNR, even if it was taken legally by a licensed hunter.
Though some US communities are experienced an influx of too many deer, others, like most of Iowa and other parts of the northern Midwest, are witnessing a decrease in sightings, harvests and ultimately hunting.
What do you think about the low Iowa deer harvest in 2013? Is it a fluke or a sign of bigger issues? Leave your thoughts below.