After a better than expected deer hunting season last year, southeast Iowa hunters might have worse luck this year.
Iowa DNR Deer Biologist, Tom Litchfield, said Iowa’s deer population state-wide is declining, as part of a plan by the DNR.
He said the state wide herd did decline, but not at the rate he expected it would. Litchfield said the extreme drought gave hunters an advantage. Specifically deer had to travel farther for food and water.
"Anything that makes a deer more exposed while hunting season is going on, is going to result in more susceptibility to being harvested," Litchfield said.
He said while their are currently drought conditions, they are not as severe as last years and will not give hunters the same level of advantage.
Litchfield said last year also saw an outbreak of a hemorrhagic disease in deer, which largely spared southeast Iowa.
He said there is a minor outbreak of the disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease, this year. Litchfield added that it's centered in the areas, like Southeast Iowa, that were spared last year.