North American deer harvest tops 1.1 million, taken with bow and arrow.

In 2011, more than 3.3 million North American hunters took to the woods

equipped with bow and arrow to harvest deer. The result – according to

wildlife biologist C.J. Winand of Maryland who compiled the data

submitted by the Fish & Wildlife departments in the USA and Canada

– is an impressive harvest of 1,159,744 white-tailed deer, mule deer

and black-tailed deer in the 2011 season.

In some states more than half of the deer harvested were taken

with archery equipment. One example is Arkansas, where an impressive

63% of the deer harvested were taken with bow and arrow.

Alabama and Mississippi showed similar results with 55% and 53%,

respectively.

Bowhunter numbers are steadily increasing and have risen by some

10% during the past 10 years.