Reporting Deer Harvest not Mandatory
Deer and turkey hunters are reminded they are not required to report their harvest to a license vendor as stated under Reporting Instructions on the back of their tag. Since they are not required to report their harvest, hunters will not receive a verification tag or be subject to the $145 fine for failing to report their deer or turkey harvest.
The Iowa House and Senate passed a joint resolution last spring abolishing a state rule requiring harvest reporting. The DNR is urging hunters to respond to the random harvest report card surveys. The harvest data is important because it plays a key role in setting hunting seasons and limits.