Deer harvest declines in South Dakota August 3, 2011

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Deer harvest declines in South Dakota August 3, 2011 Buckmasters

Harvest surveys compiled by the Game, Fish and Parks Department show that 2009 was the first year the statewide deer harvest has fallen in the last ten estimated 69,000 white-tailed deer and 18,000 mule deer were harvested during the 2009 hunting seasons, for a total of more than 87,000 deer. That is a reduction of more than 4,000 deer from 2008, but still 41,000 more than the 46,000 deer harvested in 1999.... Mule deer accounted for about 20 percent of the total harvest.

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