DNR: DEER TALLY DOWN IN '08
Thursday, June 18th, 2009 -- 12:16 pm
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director
452,000 whitetail deer were harvested in 2008. That's 13% fewer than in 2007, according to the Department of Natural Resources Big Game Hunting Summary.
Gun hunters registered nearly 353,000 deer during the fall hunts, the lowest number since 2002.
The harvest is especially dramatic compared to the state's record harvest of 615,000 deer in 2000.
The black bear harvest was up 6% to 3,000 bear.
There were 64,000 turkeys harvested, down 1% from the previous year.