Deer harvest estimates have been popping up across the Midwest and most preliminary results have been rather disturbing. Illinois hunters failed to take out 100,000 deer for the first time in a decade during gun season. Michigan’s firearm harvest is reported to be down 10-20% across the state and as bad as 30% in some areas. Wisconsin ‘s hunters fared even worse as they reported a 29% decline across the state and in some areas in Northern Wisconsin harvest totals have dropped as much as by 62%!!!
So what in the world is going on?
Explanations I’ve heard include the excessive standing corn, warmer than usual temps and questionable deer management policies across the states. So I have my own opinions, but what do you guys think the problem’s been?