Iowa Deer Harvest Similar to 2013

Posted by Bruce Carroll on February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized, State News ; Iowa

Iowa Deer Harvest Similar to 2013

Heading in to the final weeks of Iowa 2014 deer hunting season, hunters are on pace to harvest an estimated 100,000 deer, which would be similar to 2013.

The reported harvest was trailing 2013 totals until hunters reported a 40 percent increase during the second weekend of the nine day second shotgun deer season, pushing the second season harvest 3 percent higher than 2013, but 35 percent lower than the peak of 2006.

Harvest for the year to date is 4,300 more deer than the same time last year, led by an 11 percent increase in the buck harvest. The doe harvest is down 1 percent which is the result of regulations changes.

The late muzzleloader season is Dec. 22 to Jan. 10, 2015, which is the final opportunity to hunt deer this year, after the late January antlerless deer season was eliminated.

A new rule change allows Iowa residents the option of using a crossbow during the late muzzleloader deer season, in addition to a regular bow, muzzleloader or handgun as a method of take.

Iowa’s archery deer season reopened Dec. 22 after closing for the two shotgun seasons. The archery season is open through Jan. 10, 2015.

 

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