Iowa Deer Herd Declining
According to the Chicago Tribune, Iowa's legendary whitetail herd is in decline. The herd total is down 10% from a year ago and 29% from its peak four years ago in 2006.
"Deer populations for the state as a whole are declining after displaying strong growth for almost a decade," said Department of Natural Resources deer biologist Tom Litchfield. This year's harvest, which Litchfield projects at about 4 percent lower than last year's, will likely mark the fifth-straight decline after seven-straight record harvests.