Hunters have reported harvesting nearly 61,000 deer so far this fall which is about 10 percent fewer than last year.
Fewer deer were taken during the opening weekend of the first shotgun season due partly to less than ideal hunting conditions, but concerned hunters are commenting that they are seeing fewer deer across much of the state.
Iowa's first shotgun season closes on Dec. 7. The DNR expects that 50,000 hunters will take the field for the second shotgun season which runs from December 10 - 18. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
In areas where deer numbers are down, hunters should work with the landowner to see if the deer population is at a desirable level. Hunters should refrain from taking extra does if deer numbers are reduced. In some areas deer numbers are still strong and can take the extra pressure. Hunters are the key to a properly managed Iowa's deer herd.
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