(State) For the 7th straight year, deer harvest numbers in Iowa are dropping. After peaking in 2005 at 211,451 the amount of deer harvested has dropped consistently each year.
The latest deer harvest report numbers show around 98,000 deer harvested in the state so far for the 2012-13 hunting seasons. Brian Hayes with the DNR office in Lewis says the numbers are right in line with where the DNR wants the population to be which may lead to additional regulations to keep the population where it’s at.
"Shortening some of the seasons for example, expect some changes because we will want to keep that deer herd at current levels and kind of fluctuate right around this 100,000 deer harvest."
Hayes expects approximately 100,000 deer to be harvested during the 12-13 seasons. That’s down over 21,000 from last year.