(State) For nearly a decade deer harvest numbers in Iowa have been on the decline. The numbers are all tabulated for the 2013 deer harvest in Iowa.
97 counties across the state saw a dip in the reported deer harvest. Some Counties fell off by over 30%.
Brian Hayes, with the Iowa DNR Office in Lewis, says there were 19,000 fewer license due to cold weather. That's one of the factors that led to the decline in deer harvest numbers this year
"The number of deer harvested in 2013 was 14% lower than last year and is 34% lower than 2006. If you graph this out its a pretty steady the deer herd has just been stepping down, the number of deer harvested has just declined every year since 2006."
The decline in harvested numbers is also attributed to a reduction in the overall deer herd.
"Back in 2006 we had a deer herd that was higher than what our management goals were and higher than what the poeple of Iowa really wanted. We started the deer herd reduction efforts mainly aimed at the does. Harvesting more does than bucks is the way to take down the deer herd numbers."
This year the does accounted for more than 50% of the harvest. Hayes says the deer population is now below what the DNR deems as a 'manageable level.' Going forward the DNR would like to see the numbers fluctuate up and down around the management levels.