IOWA

Deer Forecast 2004 -- MIDWEST

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Iowa's 2003 harvest of 175,000 deer "was a record by a long way," says DNR deer biologist Willy Suchy, "mostly because of the extra antlerless tags available to hunters." Gun, muzzleloader and archery harvests were all up, with the deer herd at 305,000 animals after the hunt. Suchy says the management philosophy over the next few years will be to focus on boosting antlerless harvests to take the pressure off yearling bucks and whittle the herd down in selected areas. Iowa is still a trophy-buck haven, especially in the southern third of the state, the northeastern corner and the western border units, says Suchy.