For eight years, Iowa hunters have been hunting deer less and less.
According to the Iowa DNR, it was almost 150,000 reported deer hunted in 2006, now it’s at 99,000. That makes 2013 the first year deer harvest has gone below 100,000. The last time that happened it was the mid 1990s.
But it’s not just hunting that’s down, there are fewer hunters. Last year, almost 360,000 licenses were bought, that’s down 18,000 from 2012.
The deer population is estimated at 200,000 after the hunting season. Deer hunting in Iowa provides a nearly $214 million economic impact.