Iowa Hunting News

Iowa's Shotgun Deer Season Opens Dec. 11th

Iowa's big game takes center stage this weekend, with the opening of Iowa's two shotgun deer seasons. About 70,000 hunters are expected over the five day (December 4-8) first season. Another 50,000 should be pursuing whitetails in the nine day (December 11-19) second season.

December weather always factors into hunter participation and deer harvest. For this weekend's opener, it looks like hunters will avoid ice, heavy snow or bitter subzero temperatures; important as wildlife officials work to balance the state's deer herd.

Licenses Still Available for 3 Day Antlerless Hunt in Iowa

Hunters may purchase licenses for the three day November antlerless deer season Nov. 26, 27 and 28, in the 50 counties where antlerless licenses quotas remain unfilled. November antlerless licenses are only valid on private land where additional doe harvest is needed.

Hunters in the November antlerless season must wear blaze orange and party hunting is legal. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Iowa Voters Create Outdoor Trust Fund

Voters in Iowa overwhelmingly voted to approve last Tuesday a constitutional amendment to establish the Iowa Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.

The amendment passed with 62.66% of the vote, and will establish a permanent revenue flow for natural resources and outdoor recreational programs in the state. As approved, the measure requires that if the Iowa Legislature approves a sales tax increase, then 3/8ths of one cent must be used in support of the fund. Estimates report that about $150 million per year would be generated and devoted to the Fund.

Iowa Firearms Coalition 2011 Legislative Agenda

Election Day has come and gone and this year was marked by some of the bloodiest election battles we've seen  to date. While the  elections have come to a rest, IFC has not. Since the  close of the 2010 legislative session we have worked daily with the NRA on  multiple pieces of freedom driven  legislation.

Iowa DNR Offers Mentored Youth Hunt Nov. 19-21
The Iowa DNR along with many sponsoring organizations has created a mentored deer hunt that has been introducing people to Iowa deer hunting since 2004.
Iowa Deer Archery Season Opens Friday Oct 1st

Deer hunters are busy sighting in their bows, checking trail cameras and putting up tree stands in preparation for the opening of Iowa's archery deer hunting season on October 1. The 55,000 bowhunters have been waiting all summer to pursue Iowa's world class deer that is the envy of hunters from across the United States.

"Bowhunters typically want to be out there early," said Tom Litchfield, state deer biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "They hunt alone or with a friend or two and spend quite a few days in the field."

Iowa Deer Season Begins Saturday

The first deer hunting opportunities of the year begin Saturday when the youth and disabled hunter deer seasons open.

In 2009, more than 8,700 youth hunters and 250 disabled hunters participated in the seasons, harvesting more than 3,500 deer. All youth season hunters must be accompanied by an adult mentor, and only one youth hunter is allowed per adult mentor.

Wisconsin Offers New Web Based Alerts on Wolf Activity

Administrators from the natural resource agencies in 13 Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces have signed a joint resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.

Iowa Natural Resource Commission to Discuss Deer Hunting Rules
The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., June 10, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Iowa Sends Out Reminder - Do Not Feed Deer
Whenever we receive an abnormally severe winter - and I'm pretty sure this one qualifies - Iowa outdoor enthusiasts become acutely aware of wildlife's daily struggle for survival.