Iowa Hunting News

New Changes In Store for Deer Hunters In 2005-06
Iowa hunters will be encouraged to take more antlerless deer in the upcoming season, with a three-day gun hunt in late November and with center fire rifles being allowed in southern Iowa, during seven days in January. The state's Natural Resources Commission also approved 19,000 additional county antlerless tags, 41 special management zone deer hunts and adjustments in the landowner tag program.
DNR to Seek Listing Mountain Lion As "Furbearer"
The Department of Natural Resources will seek "furbearer" status for mountain lions, in the wake of recent appearances of the big cat in Iowa over the last few years.
Opinion Survey Sent to Deer Hunters
Iowa Department of Natural Resource officials are asking deer hunters for help to determine if the factors contributing to declining hunter numbers nationwide are applicable in Iowa. The information will help define what hurdles hunters face today, and what issues the DNR needs to address to promote and enhance deer hunting in Iowa.
DNR to Host Public Meeting April 19 on Proposed Wildlife Rules
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (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 April 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Park Hunt Plans Proceed
Plans for proposed deer hunts will move ahead after state park and wildlife bureau staff from the Department of Natural Resources heard from residents around Lake Macbride and Palisades-Kepler State Parks, Monday evening in Solon.
Annual Deer Population Survey Underway
One more blanket of snow would help. Aerial deer surveys are just about done across Iowa. Another four to six inch snowfall, though, could be enough to let wildlife biologists wrap up those winter counts; a key element in the formula to track deer numbers in a state with red-hot interest in the whitetail's appetite, travel patterns and reproductive capacity.
Safe Hunting Year
Safety officials credit Iowa's long-running hunter education program and the recently arrived blazed orange requirement for upland game hunters as the primary reasons. "This has been a long time goal of the department," underscores Rod Slings, DNR recreation safety supervisor. "While one injury is too many; having a year with no fatalities is tremendous."
New Hunting Safety Record
The 2004 hunting season in Iowa was the safest on record with 17 hunting related injuries and zero fatalities. The investigation into a fatality initially thought was hunting related was determined by the Polk County Medical Examiner to have been a suicide.
Poachers Caught With 52 Deer
Five Decatur County men were cited with 49 charges of illegally taking deer with liquidated damages totaling nearly $150,000. The charges were filed after a four month long investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Hunters Encouraged to Return DNR Questionnaire
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking a select group of hunters to return a postcard survey that is used by state wildlife biologists to estimate hunter participation, game population and harvest. This survey is the only method currently available to the DNR and the number of hunters responding to the survey statewide is shrinking nearly 5 percent each year.