DNR reports 124,000 deer killed in 2007 hunting season

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The state Department of Natural Resources says a viral disease affecting white-tailed deer had little impact on the 2007 hunting season in Indiana.

The DNR says hunters killed 124,427 deer during the 2007 season, which runs from October to January. That's the third-best season on record. Hunters took 125,381 deer in 2006. The record of 125,526 was set in 2005.

DNR deer research biologist Chad Stewart says he anticipated a significant drop in the number of deer taken by hunters due to an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, a virus transmitted by biting flies.

The virus is not transmitted to humans.

The deer season is divided into periods for firearms, muzzleloaders and archery.

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