(Area) Last week marked the opening weekend for the first shotgun deer season in Iowa and Matt Dollison with the Iowa DNR reports that the deer harvest numbers are very similar to where they were last year at this time.
"Everything we are hearing is our harvest levels are right in line with last year. It seems like I'm hearing quite a few reports from hunters saying they are seeing less deer, but as far as our harvest reporting system it is showing we are pretty much at similar levels as last year."
Dollison admits that comes as somewhat of a surprise considering the warm conditions and lack of snow may have turned away hunters during the early season.
"I thought maybe with the weather we've had that people would choose to do more hunting in the later season, but that's what we are showing."