Iowa Hunting News

Shotgun Deer Opener Follow-up
With daylight fading, we could just make out a line of orange in the field ahead of us. Three hunters were carting back Sunday's last deer to the narrow road, on the west end of the Hawkeye Wildlife Area.
Turkey Numbers Slightly Lower
Iowa's turkey population remained fairly steady from 2003 to 2004, but heavy spring rains had an impact on poult survival, according to the 2004 Turkey brood survey. The survey found the average number of poults with a hen was lower than last year, and was about 10 percent below the 10-year average.
Bobcat Study Beginning Second Year
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the second year of a three-year study with Iowa State University investigating bobcat ecology throughout Iowa, focusing on an eight county area in south central Iowa. The study found male bobcats home range averaged 58 square miles and up to 120 square miles, whereas the females averaged 10 square miles during the winter.
New Survey Asks Bowhunters for Help
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is asking a select group of Iowa bowhunters count the number of deer and furbearers they see while hunting as part of a survey to help with population estimates and promote better management of the deer herd. About 9,000 bowhunters will be contacted about the survey.
Deer Hunters Asked to Aid the Needy
Iowa deer hunters may be among the state's most benevolent. More than ever, they are being encouraged to harvest more deer to curb the herd's growth, and while they are at it, they are also prompted to give the deer they don't need at home to the Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program.
Special Youth Deer Hunt
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a educational youth deer hunt at Springbrook Conservation Education Center, north of Guthrie Center, Nov. 19 to 21. The event is designed to introduce first-time hunter, aged 12 to 15, to the outdoors and the sport of deer hunting using mentors and an educational program.
Hunters Harvested More Than 180,000 Deer
Iowa hunters harvested a record 182,000 deer during the 2003 - 2004 Iowa deer season, breaking the previous record of 140,000 set last year. The increase in the deer harvest was overwhelmingly due to hunters taking antlerless deer. Hunters harvested 34,000 more antlerless deer than last year.
Applications Available for Nonresident Deer Permits
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be accepting nonresident deer hunting applications from 6 a.m. May 1 through June 6. Applications are only accepted by calling the phone sales center at 1-800-367-1188 or by going on-line to Iowa's DNR website.
DNR will Host a Public Meeting on Proposed Wildlife Rules
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.
Officials will Score Trophy Deer Antlers March 20
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a trophy deer antler measuring seminar at the Lake Rathbun Fish Hatchery on March 20.