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DNR says deer harvest is down

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the number of deer harvested during the 2011 shotgun season is down from 2010.

Hunters reported taking about 70,000 deer, 9% lower than 2010 and 30% lower than 2006.  The number of licenses issued this year was about the same as last year, but down about 5% from 2006.

"The reduced kill is a result of the reduced deer population," Dale Garner, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau, said in a written statement. "Deer numbers in many areas are near the department's objective and we are now encouraging hunters to be more selective with their harvest.

"We have been hearing complaints from hunters that they are not seeing the number of deer that they had in the past and some are voicing their concerns that the herd reduction may have gone too far," Garner added. "My advice to those hunters is to work with the landowner to see if the deer population is at a desirable level and adjust the local doe harvest accordingly."

When deer season wraps up in January, the DNR will study the numbers and may make proposals to reduce the deer kill and stabilize deer numbers.

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