(State) Iowa's deer harvest declined for the seventh straight year as hunters adjust to the smaller herd, and to fewer antlerless tags. Hunters reported 115,606 deer to the harvest reporting system for the 2012 season, a decline of nearly 5%. The harvest is down 23% from its high in 2006.
The harvest data will be used as a consideration when the DNR begins the process of discussing hunting seasons later this winter. Brian Hayes with the DNR office in Lewis says,
"Shortening the season for example, but expect some changes because we will want to keep that deer heard at current levels and kind of fluctuate right around this current harvest."