(Des Moines) For the first time since the mid-1990s, Iowa’s deer harvest has dropped below 100,000.
The Iowa DNR says hunters reported 99,406 deer for the 2013 season, which is a decline of 14 percent, from 2012, and 34 percent from its high in 2006. The 2012 reported deer harvest was 115,606.
The harvest data will be used as a consideration when the DNR begins the process of discussing hunting seasons later this winter.
Deer hunters purchased 359,956 licenses, nearly 18,500 fewer than in 2012. Deer hunting in Iowa provides an economic impact of nearly $214 million, paying more than $15 million in federal taxes and nearly $15 million in state taxes. It supports more than 2,800 jobs, and provides more than $67 million in earnings.