Deer Harvest Steady so Far

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Preliminary figures from deer check stations around Indiana indicate that hunters took typical numbers of deer in the early archery hunting season.

Check stations reported 11,091 deer taken as of Nov. 10. That is 6 percent higher than the 10,467 cumulative harvest reported in the same week last year.

"The reported harvest is essentially the same as last year," said DNR deer research biologist Jim Mitchell. "Variations of less than 15 percent generally are due to random differences in check station reports."

DEER HARVEST UPDATE
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Season: Early Archery
Week: 5 (Oct. 27 - Nov. 2)
Based on logs received by Nov. 10

Weekly total
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2003: 2,482
2002: 2,574
Percent change: -4 percent

Number of stations reporting in 2003: 272 (out of 398; 68%)
Number of stations reporting in 2002: 265 (out of 398; 67%)

2003 Cumulative Harvest
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2003: 11,091
2002: 10,467

Percent change: +6 percent

A complete report on last year's deer season is available at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/hunt/deer/deersum02.htm