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Change for next deer season in Iowa?

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The deer population in Iowa has decreased this past year and many hunters are left wondering if there will be a lottery system for next season.

DNR officials confirm that 14% fewer deer were killed this past season.

They say it's partly due to disease, a smaller deer population, and a 5% decline in tag sales.

Because of this, a few sections of Iowa may see a decrease in the number of tags issued next season due to those factors.

"Some of the northern counties we might look at reduced numbers but it's really hard to tell because some of those numbers are pretty low to begin with.  Now the southern two or three tiers might see a minimal reduction. There's still a fairly strong population of white tailed deer in southern Iowa but there are some corners of the state that are seeing fewer and fewer numbers," said Alan Foster, Information Specialist.  

DNR officials say that there is no official word if there will be a decrease in deer tags issued for next season.

They have a meeting scheduled in February to discuss that issue.

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