The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says deer should be abundant for the state's firearms deer season, which begins Saturday.
DNR deer management biologist Jim Mitchell says that with recent rains, the summer's drought should have a negligible effect on deer.
Last year, an outbreak of an insect-borne disease called EHD reduced the deer herd by 20 to 30 percent in some western Indiana counties. But Mitchell says the herd in those areas appears to be recovering.
The firearms deer season runs through Dec. 2. Hunters killed about 125,000 deer last year, down slightly from the 2005 season.