Proposals to Wildlife Rules Available for Public Comments

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on a series of proposed changes to many hunting seasons and licenses on its website at www.iowadnr.com/wildlife/.

The proposed changes are subject to approval from the Natural Resource Commission. A public meeting to discuss the proposed rules is set for April 18 and will be carried over the Iowa Communications Network at 18 satellite sites across Iowa. The list and descriptions of proposed changes and meeting locations is on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website www.iowadnr.com/wildlife/.

The DNR is proposing changes to the antlerless deer license quotas, including eliminating the antlerless licenses in 26 counties, primarily in northwest and north central Iowa. The DNR is also proposing to require hunters who bag a deer or wild turkey to call a phone number to report their harvest. Spring and fall turkey seasons would be included.

A proposed change to the landowner tenant free deer and turkey licenses would require landowners and tenants to pre-register before receiving the free licenses. Registration would be available at www.iowadnr.com or by calling a toll free number.

Proposed changes for the 2007 Spring turkey hunting season would remove the zones on the Iowa State Forests and allow Iowa residents to hunt statewide each season. Other spring turkey hunting changes include changing the daily bag limit to one bearded turkey per license, which would only affect hunters in the fourth season, who have not yet bagged a turkey.

Lastly, the DNR is proposing a trapping season river otter and has a set of dates for waterfowl hunting seasons, which is subject to final approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August.

Each comment has a limit of 500 characters, but there is no limit on the number of comments someone may submit on the DNR proposals.