The Ottumwa Courier

February 19, 2014

Iowa deer harvest in 2013 falls below 100,000,


Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of deer taken by hunters in Iowa last year fell below 100,000 for the first time since the mid-1990s. It's the eighth straight year the deer harvest has declined in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says hunters reported 99,406 deer for the 2013 season, a decline of 14 percent from 2012 and 34 percent from the high in 2006. The 2012 deer harvest was 115,606.

The harvest data will be considered when the department begins discussing hunting seasons later this winter.

Deer hunters purchased 359,956 licenses last year, nearly 18,500 fewer than in 2012.