Re: Iowa and Illionois
I've been going to West Central Illinois since 1998 in Pike, Adams and Brown Counties. I'm currently hunting a 600 acres lease in Brown. Deer numbers are down some but not all that much. There was a noticeable EHD die-off last summer that hit pretty hard in isolated areas. Our place lost 5 bucks and 6 does to EHD and judging by the bucks, all of them died within a very short time span. All were still in velvet but had fully grown, hardened antlers. After all that, we had trailcam photos of 11 different "shooters" (bucks at or over 125") that survived the season. Less deer? yep. Still too many? probably. Still good huntable numbers of quality? Absolutely.
Life Member of NRA, Tall Tine outfitters, and life member of UBP.