Iowa Hunting News

Deer Hunters Wanted for Special Refuge Hunt
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two special muzzleloader deer hunts at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge this fall. The hunts are scheduled for Oct. 18 to 19, for antlerless deer only, and Dec. 13 to 14, for any deer.
Summer Hot Shots
Dressed in camouflage clothing and holding a shotgun, the guy in the woods looked suspicious as Anthony Donahoo approached. 'Had he seen the big buck a ways back?,' asked the stranger. Donahoo, dressed in shotgun season blaze orange, declined the invitation to help him track the deer. The two parted ways in the woods.
Nonresident Deer Apps Beginning Accepted
The 2003 Iowa nonresident deer hunter license application period begins May 3. Nonresident hunters wanting an Any-Deer license must apply by June 8. The non-resident deer application is available on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources webpage at, then click on link under reminders/news.
Deer Test Negative for CWD
Results from tests completed at the National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames confirm none of the Iowa whitetail deer that were tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) over the past year showed any signs of the disease. State wildlife officials began testing roadkilled deer last spring, however most of the 3,278 samples submitted for testing this fall came from hunters who voluntarily submitted their deer for sampling.
Public DNR Meeting Set For April 3rd
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 Thursday, April 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2003-2004 Hunting Seasons Set
The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) approved most hunting season dates for 2003 - 2004 at its February meeting. The waterfowl and fall turkey hunting seasons will be finalized at the Commission's August meeting.
Albino Deer Calls Johnson County Home
From a distance, you have to ask yourself; is it a dog? Maybe a lost calf? Up close, though, it is unmistakable. The white fur. The pink nose, eyes and ears. It's an albino deer, wandering around southern Johnson County.
Outdoor Education Workshops Scheduled
The Iowa DNR is sponsoring workshops for K - 12 educators, scout leaders and other youth educators on Iowa's outdoors. Educators will be introduced to several environmental activities through Projects WILD and Aquatic WILD. Participants will take home the manuals with Iowa supplements containing background information about Iowa's resources and contact names.
Changes Proposed to Bow Equipment
The Iowa DNR is proposing to restrict certain types of equipment used for bow hunting wild turkeys. The same regulations were put into effect for deer hunting this fall, said Terry Little, assistant wildlife chief. The regulations were proposed after consultation with the Iowa Bowhunter's Association.
Excellent Hunting Expected for Deer and Fall Turkey
"The early muzzleloader deer season is a unique opportunity for hunters who like to hunt in a solitary situation before the snow flies," said Richard Bishop, chief of the DNR's wildlife bureau. "The weather is beautiful. The leaves are changing colors and it is a great time to be out in the woods." Bishop said he expects the deer harvest to at least equal last year's record number of 135,000. He said Iowa has an excellent population of high quality deer.