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Deer hunters converge in Iowa

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Shotgun deer season in Iowa kicks off Saturday but with farmers still harvesting, this year could be especially dangerous. Thousands of hunters will try to bag a buck this weekend. The weather will be a little better than previous years but the late harvest could make the hunt more challenging.

Dave Michael is ready to hit the fields Saturday morning.

He'll be one of tens of thousands of hunters looking for deer.

"To see the guys is one thing and of course, to shoot a deer is another thing but the main thing is to have fun and be safe," said Michael.

With so many hunters in the fields, safety should be a top priority for hunters.

A short lapse in judgement could be costly.

"Plan your hunt and hunt your plan. If you plan your hunt or your drive and everyone sticks with it, everything should be fine," said Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources spokesman Joe Wilkinson.

Wilkinson says hunting is the number one deer management tool.

The DNR reports the number of deer in the state is dropping - except for in eastern Iowa.

This year, standing corn could be an issue.

"If you don't have any standing corn for a couple of miles around where you hunt, you should be OK but hunters that hunt an area if it has a couple of acres of corn, there's plenty of cover and hiding places for deer, they have to adjust their plans accordingly," said Wilkinson.

Meantime, Dave Michael is hoping for the big one.

"I've never been the lucky guy in our group. I've never gotten the big one. Maybe this is the year, maybe not but as long as everybody's safe, that's the main thing," said Michael.

The shotgun season runs through December 9 then runs again December 12-20.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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