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Hunters Report Average Shotgun Deer Success

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -- The first few days of Iowa's shotgun deer season are off to an average start.  Hunters began the weekend in brown fields, until Monday's snow changed the scenery.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Erika Billerbeck said "I saw quite a few hunters out; sometimes groups of six to ten…other spots, just a couple hunters.  Most groups had one or two deer when I checked them. I saw mostly does; a few bucks."

Some hunters said they were planning to hold out for a nice buck over the weekend, but would take a doe before the first season closed Wednesday night.  In 77 of Iowa's counties, the DNR offered more than 130,000 county-specific antlerless tags this fall and winter to help reduce deer numbers.

Officers had nearly 200 contacts on opening day in the Cedar River corridor of southeast Iowa.  Overall, acting district supervisor Shawn Meier said compliance was good, though he noted officers did write a few tickets for "uncased guns."

In northeast Iowa, officers reported seeing fewer hunters, possibly because there are still crops in the field.

Iowa's second shotgun season opens this Saturday and runs through two weekends, ending December 20.

Hunters are reminded to report harvested deer. The records play a major role in management of deer populations and future hunting opportunities. You can report via Internet www.iowadnr.gov or by phone 1 (800) 771-4692.

Online Reporter:  Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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