Iowa Hunting News

Otter, Bobcat Trapping Seasons Proposed
Iowa wildlife officials feel populations of river otters and bobcats are now strong enough to support a limited harvest of the once-endangered furbearers. Public comment is being sought on the proposal, with a notice of intended action to go before the Natural Resource Commission in March. If approved, seasons would be established in the fall of 2006. Public comment is being accepted through the process, which seeks final approval by June.
Shotgun Deer Season is Coming
Iowa's woods and fields will be dotted with orange this weekend, as the state's shotgun deer seasons get underway. Saturday is opening day for 75,000 first season hunters. A week later, about 60,000 hunters--including landowners who did not fill their first season tag-take their turn during second season.
November Antlerless Deer Season
Hunters wanting to participate in the November 25 - 27 antlerless deer season should make plans and get their licenses soon. As of Nov. 16, nearly half of all the counties have reached their antlerless license quota. Most of the remaining counties have quite a few licenses available, but licenses can go quickly.
Property Seized in Western Iowa Hunting Case
Personal property including two all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and a trailer was seized from five Pennsylvania men on Saturday afternoon by the Iowa DNR.
Pheasant Season Preview
For some, the anticipation starts weeks before. It might be the week you step up work with the dog. Maybe it's when you check with the property owners. It could be a couple sessions with clay birds. Or it might not come until the night before, packing your gun, shells and jacket and the portable kennel for the next morning.
10-Month Investigation Ends with 12 Charges in Deer Poaching Case
A New Jersey man and two Pennsylvania brothers could face at least $4,000 in fines and suspension of their hunting privileges for allegedly killing deer unlawfully in Iowa last year.
Hunting Takes Center Stage as Summer Turns to Fall
Heading into September, hunters should be working with their dogs in preparation for spending hours wading through thigh high grasses, field stubble and brush during the upcoming hunting seasons. The preseason hunting checklist should also include a few trips to the shooting range and a refresher of safe and ethical hunting practices.
Bowhunters Step up To Help with Wildlife Survey
More than 1,700 Iowa bowhunters participated in the first ever Iowa Bowhunter Observation Survey during the 2004 deer hunting season. The randomly selected bowhunters from across the state were asked to record the number of hours they hunted and the number of deer and selected furbearers they observed while hunting.
Hunters Harvested More Than 750,000 Pheasants in 2004
An estimated 756,184 rooster pheasants were harvested in Iowa during the 2004 season, a 30 percent decline from the 1,080,466 harvested in 2003. The number of resident and nonresident hunters also declined 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
Annual Upland Game Survey Begins
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) annual survey of upland game populations will soon be under way with wildlife biologists and conservation officers driving more than 200, 30-mile roadside routes statewide between August 1-15.