ZERO doe tags this year. Any bets when it will be buck only for 1st season? We are soon to be in the red like the rest rest of NW Iowa.
I could be wrong, but I dont think NW Iowa has been getting hit hard with EHD like southern Iowa but I could be wrong... I feel like there are a ton of reasons why numbers are low in that part of the state and where I am (North Central)... No cover first, they keep moving away for cover. Shotgun groups who shoot/wound deer and dont follow up (yes I will get torched for that).. Hunters shooting 15 deer to pound their chests, and then turning into HUSH (personal peeve of mine, I understanding helping, but come on).. Sometimes we as hunters are harder on the deer than we realize, with us wanting 4-5 deer in the freezer all the time, the areas just dont hold that kind of deer continuously. We have a farm in NE Iowa in the High Power areas, and numbers are WAY down over there but they keep kicking out tags. People from all over the state travel up there to shoot deer, one group that I talked to and know, they went over there and then donated every single one they shot... sorry, sort of went down a rabbit hole..Due to EHD?
Due to many factors. Years of excess doe tags, EHD, severe drought in 2012 and now 2 years back to back, loss of habitat with tons of trees being uprooted for a few extra acres, etc.Due to EHD?
My buddy in Plymouth County left all of his trees alone while others were cutting everything down. He said he has a bunch of deer that "just showed up". Never really had deer around there before.It would be a fun experiment to buy up a large chunk of marginal ground (if it exists there), plant it all to cover. A guy could have ALL the deer.