More than 175,000 deer harvested in Ark. thus far

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says hunters have harvested more than 175,000 deer thus far and a total number of more than 200,000 is expected to be taken before season's end.

A record 213,487 deer were checked by Arkansas hunters last year, the first time the number had surpassed 200,000.

Modern gun season remains open in southern Arkansas and a three-day holiday hunting period is still to come.

Wildlife biologists say deer is abundant in the state with an estimated herd of 1 million or more.

Officials say 45 percent of the deer harvest this year has been does and the remainder either adult bucks or button bucks.

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