Iowa Hunting News

Grants Available to Support Shooting Sports in Iowa

Two grants are available to develop and support Iowa’s shooting sports programs.

2011 Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Grant Program
The purpose of the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Grant program is to help establish and commit school-based clay target shooting programs in the state of Iowa. Successful applicants will be eligible for 50 percent match funding for up to $5,000 per year for two consecutive years. After two years of consecutive funding, organizations are not eligible to re-apply. 

Iowa Lake Manawa Special Deer Hunt Cancelled

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has cancelled the special deer hunt in Lake Manawa State Park, scheduled to begin October 1. 

An estimated 90 percent of the area in Lake Manawa where the hunt was planned is still under several feet of water.

Idaho Wolf Season Opens August 30th

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission set wolf hunting seasons throughout most of the state ranging from August 30, 2011 to March 31, 2012, in 13 wolf management zones.

Harvest limits were set in the Salmon, Southern Mountain, Beaverhead, Island Park and Sawtooth Zones, where hunting proved effective in more open country and additional wolf mortality occurs from control actions to resolve ongoing livestock depredations.

Iowa Non-Resident Deer Tags on Sale July 30th at 6:00 am CST

The drawing for the 2011-12 nonresident Iowa deer hunting licenses has been completed and the following zones have any deer gun licenses remaining: Zone 1 – 21 licenses, Zone 2 – 66 licenses, Zone 8 – 12 licenses and Zone 10 – 66 licenses.

These excess licenses will be sold beginning at 6 a.m., Central Standard Time, July 30, 2011, along with the required antlerless only licenses.

Iowa Hunting Seasons Set for 2011-12

Waterfowl seasons will be set during the Aug. 11 meeting of the DNR's Natural Resource Commission. The following Iowa hunting seasons have been approved.

Iowa Hunter Education Courses Offered Before Turkey Season

A number of hunter education courses are scheduled across the state over the next few weeks for prospective turkey hunters to become certified in time for the spring season.

Iowa hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 are required to successfully complete a certified hunter education course in order to purchase a hunting license. Hunter education courses are open to students 12 years old and older. Students who are 11 years old may take the course, but the certificate of completion will become valid on their 12th birthday.

3 Louisiana Men Plead Guilty to Baiting Deer in Iowa

Three Louisiana men pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, to illegally pursuing deer in southwest Iowa after a person with knowledge of the case made a call to the local conservation officer in late October.

Danial Vidrine, 51, of Baton Rouge, La., pleaded guilty in Mills County to hunting without a license and hunting deer over bait. Vidrine paid $849 in fines and forfeited his bow, several tree stands, trail cameras, deer decoys and other hunting items.

Iowa DNR Will Not Press Charges in Deer Shooting

No charges will be filed in the shooting of a white deer this week in northeast Iowa.

Investigation by Department of Natural Resources biologists and a Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) veterinarian showed that the animal, shot Jan. 9 by a muzzleloader hunter in Jakway Park Wildlife Area in Buchanan County, is a fallow deer, not a wild Iowa white-tailed deer.

Three Iowa Men Face Fines of Over $100,000 for Poaching

Three southeast Iowa men face more than $100,000 in fines for their roles in poaching trophy deer and multiple counts of commercialization of wildlife in Jefferson, Van Buren and Henry counties.

State Conservation Officer Chris Flynn said the investigation, that had been underway for several years, began from complaints called in by hunters, landowners and concerned citizens.

Flynn said due to the nature of the case and the alleged activities of the individuals, officers had to file charges in three counties.

Iowa January Antlerless Deer Licenses Now on Sale

Licenses are now available to residents for the January 11 - 30, 2011, antlerless deer season. Licenses will likely be available in 38 counties where the antlerless license quota has not been filled. Nonresidents may begin purchasing January antlerless licenses on Jan. 11, 2011.