Check out the data recently released by the Department of Natural Resources.
Hunters harvested 120,073 deer in the 2014 season according to Indiana’s harvest numbers. This number was a drop from the last two years, but it was by design.
Mitch Marcus, chief wildlife biologist for the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, told reporters. “Several years ago, we modified our management strategy to focus deer herd reduction in a strategically targeted manner to more adequately balance ecological, recreational and economic needs of Indiana citizens. We are no longer managing for a stable to increasing deer herd, so the declines in harvest are expected.”
The firearms season was the most productive as 67,989 deer were harvested. The archery season harvested 34,600 deer and the muzzleloader had 10,825, and late antlerless saw 4,171 harvests.
The total harvest exceeded 1,000 deer in 58 counties and 2,000 deer in 16 counties. Historically, hunters have harvested approximately 3.38 million deer since the modern era of regulated deer hunting seasons began in 1951.
For the complete report, check out www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild.