DNR will Host a Public Meeting on Proposed Wildlife Rules

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The Iowa DNR is hosting a public meeting to discuss a number of new proposed regulations covering deer hunting, fall wild turkey hunting, and waterfowl seasons. The meeting will be conducted over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) on Wednesday, March 31, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"This is an opportunity for our hunters and people who support wildlife to give us some feedback on these regulations," said Richard Bishop, chief of the DNR's wildlife bureau. "We will go over the proposed regulations and take comments from anyone willing to speak, then, if there is any time remaining, we will open the discussion to other topics."

The one change to the deer rule includes increasing the number of antlerless only permits.

Changes to the fall turkey hunting regulations include increasing the number of licenses available to hunters.

Waterfowl changes include changes in three Canada goose refuges and possible changes in season dates. A new two-day Canada goose hunting season is being proposed for five north central counties.

Other rule changes will address time limits for removing blinds and decoys from wildlife management areas and the controlled hunting program at Lake Odessa.

The DNR will have staff members from the wildlife bureau at each site to help with the meeting.

ICN Locations:

Altoona: Altoona Public Library, 700 8th Avenue, SW, Room 1

Bettendorf: Scott Community College, 500 Belmont Road, Rooms 101 & 210

Burlington:Great River Area Education Agency 16, 3601 West Avenue Road

Cedar Rapids:Kirkwood Community College 5, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Room 104, Washington Hall

Creston: Southwestern Community College 2, 1501 West Townline Rd, Technical Center, Room 107

Council Bluffs: Iowa Western Community College 1, 2700 College Road, Looft Hall

Decorah: Decorah Public Library, 202 Winnebago St.

Dubuque: University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave., Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, Room T201

Fort Dodge: Fort Dodge High School, 819 N 25th St., Room 12

Mason City: North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Dr., Careers Building, Room 128

Ottumwa: Ottumwa High School, 501 E. 2nd , Voc. Tech. Bldg., Room 157

Sioux City: Western Iowa Tech Community College 2, 4647 Stone Ave., Building A, Room 921

Spencer: Spencer Public Library, 21 East 3rd St.

Waterloo: Hawkeye Community College, 1501 E. Orange Road, Tama Hall