The number of deer harvested in Indiana in 2013 decreased 8 percent from 2012.
Data from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources shows hunters brought in about 125,000 deer this past season. That’s more than 10,000 fewer than the year before.
In a statement, Indiana Department of Natural Resources deer management biologist Chad Stewart cited Hemorrhagic Disease, which struck in 2012 and killed a lot of deer, as well as recent efforts to reduce deer densities in parts of the state as contributing to the decrease in deer population.
The decrease wasn’t entirely surprising, however. Numbers in 2012 broke a record, so the Department of Natural Resources did expect them to drop.
Despite the decrease, the 2013 season was still in the top 10 in Indiana history. Several southern Indiana counties- including Harrison County, Franklin County, and Washington County- had particularly high deer harvests.