In the past three years I as well as other hunters in Appanoose,Davis, Monroe and Wayne counties have seen a drastic decline in the deer numbers. The late season rifle hunting and disease has greatly affected our deer and I fear it is going to take several years before it gets back to where it was. It is very important that hunters get involved and take some pressure off the deer. The first week of the gun season I saw many convoys of hunters driving every piece of timber in the area. There is a point when the desire to kill as many deer as possible should be eliminated. I realize everyone is not a trophy hunter, but is it necessary to kill many deer only to give the meat away? Iowa is the Mecca for deer hunting in all of North America ,and as human nature often does we take it for granted. I hope all hunters understand the importance of letting our deer herd grow. Don't be afraid to speak up to other hunters and voice your opinion. Our deers future depends on it!