(State) Iowa’s late muzzleloader deer season started Monday.
Thanks to the regulating efforts by the Iowa DNR the deer population has consistently declined over the last five years. Brian Hayes with the Iowa DNR office in Lewis says,
“We just keep rolling into these seasons. We finished the shotgun one season and had a reported harvest of 60,000 so a very successful season for our hunters.”
That shotgun one season was followed by the shotgun two season which is now complete. Next up is the late muzzleloader season,
"Another very popular season for our hunters. We expect about 30,000 hunters to take the field during that season. It gives deer hunters and opportunity to go out there and hunt one on one with the deer."
This week’s forecast appears to set up well for the muzzleloader hunters who prefer cooler weather. Temperatures are forecast to dip down into the 20’s and perhaps the teens by the end of the week.