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Iowa hunters take fewer deer

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa hunters took fewer deer this past hunting season. It's the second year in a row the deer harvest has dropped in Iowa.

The Iowa DNR reports hunters harvested 142,194 deer in 2008. That's 4,020 fewer deer taken than in 2007.

The DNR says the decrease could reflect a decreasing number of deer in Iowa.

"We are starting to see the harvest reflect what we have been seeing in our deer herd analyses, that the number of deer across the majority of Iowa has declined," said Tom Litchfield, state deer biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "Hunters have been great at responding to the need to harvest more does in areas where deer numbers are still above objectives."

Clayton county was the best place to bag a buck in Iowa. Hunters there took 6,738 deer, more than any other Iowa county.

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