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Jan 28, 2014 - 8:26 AM - by blake
From the Iowa DNR website:

Iowa's Deer Harvest Declined for Eighth Straight Year

For the first time since the mid-1990s, Iowa’s deer harvest has dropped below 100,000. Hunters reported 99,406 deer for the 2013 season, which is a decline of 14 percent, from 2012, and 34 percent from its high in 2006. The 2012 reported deer harvest was 115,606.

“Hunters responded when we asked them to reduce the size of the herd, but now we are encouraging them to work with landowners and base their harvest decisions on local herd conditions,” said Dr. Dale Garner, chief of Wildlife for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The harvest data will be used as a consideration when the DNR begins the process of discussing hunting seasons later this winter.

Deer hunters purchased 359,956... [Read More]
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Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Open
Dec 29, 2013 - 7:06 AM - by blake
From the Iowa DNR website:

Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Open

Iowa’s late muzzleloader deer season began Dec. 23, which is the final season that any-deer licenses are available.

Nearly 30,000 hunters participated in the late muzzleloader season in 2012 and the DNR expects similar numbers again this year. Archery season also re-opens on Dec. 23 so bow hunters with unfilled tags will likely be heading back to their tree stands as well.

Hunters are required to wear blaze orange during the late muzzleloader season, but unlike the shotgun seasons, party hunting is not allowed.

If hunters are seeing fewer deer where they hunt they may want to refrain from harvesting extra does. Hunters should check with landowners to
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Second Shotgun Season Begins
Dec 14, 2013 - 7:28 PM - by blake
From the Iowa DNR website:

Second Shotgun Deer Season Begins Saturday

Iowa’s first shotgun deer season closed Wednesday and the preliminary numbers indicate that license sales and harvest are both down from previous years.

Sales of licenses declined 7 percent from 2012 and the reported harvest is 18 percent lower. The decrease reflects decreased deer numbers across the state as well as fewer licenses being issued, continuing the downward trend in harvest since its peak in 2006. The bitterly cold weather was likely a factor as well.

Iowa’s second shotgun season begins Saturday.

Historically a lower kill during the first season often results in more deer being taken
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