Iowa Deer News

Ottumwa, Deer Hunting Inside Ottumwa's City Limits August 17, 2015 Iowa, Ottumwa Post
... the City of Ottumwa’s deer season for bow hunters will begin on September 19, 2015 and will run through January 10, 2016. The City’s deer hunting program was implemented in 2005 ... Any problems or questions should be directed to Sgt. Blake Lefler, Ottumwa Police Department at 641-683-0661. If Sgt. Lefler is not available, he can be reached by email at leflerb@ci.ottumwa.ia.us or you can ask the dispatcher to leave a message ...

... Court records show Wolfe helped Robert Wilkins of Semmes, Alabama as a guide for hunts of white-tailed dear in Lucas County ... 

... While the deer population is considered to be down in Clay County, Hawley noted the sheriff's office has not witnessed fewer reports of car-deer accidents... Drivers need to keep their heads up ...

Managing Iowa's deer: Weighing safety and sport June 14, 2015 DesMoinesRegister.com
... The DNR's rough estimate of the current herd is about 400,000... For the 2014-15 deer hunting season, the DNR reduced quotas for antlerless deer ... Since the DNR made a concentrated effort to winnow the herd through hunting in 2009, the deer population dipped by roughly 33 percent. ...

Farmed Deer Will Be Taxed in Iowa June 11, 2015 Wide Open Spaces
... In a last minute decision by the 2015 Iowa legislature, all farm-raised deer will no longer be exempt from sales tax like other livestock....

No new cases of CWD found in last deer samples June 8, 2015 Iowa, Radio Iowa
... The special hunt came after positive tests for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) were found in the northeast Iowa county ... “Everything other than the three new ones in Allamakee County came back negative,” ..

Tax Break Revoked for Deer Raised for Hunting Preserves June 5, 2015 Iowa, Iowa Public Radio
... Des Moines Democrat Dick Dearden says deer which are raised on farms to be sold to preserves are not raised for meet, as other farm animals are.     They’re raised for their antlers...

No Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease June 2, 2015 Iowa, KIWA-FM 105.3
...  three positive samples from hunter harvested deer in Allamakee County, out of nearly 4,500 samples collected from across the state...

Deer looking for food create collision concerns this time of year June 3, 2015 Iowa, Radio Iowa
... “This time of the year is the time when last year’s fawns are kind of being pushed away from the mother. These are deer that are kind of finding their own way at this point, they aren’t used to being away from mom ...

Triplet fawns represent a first for wildlife rehabilitator June 2, 2015 Iowa, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
... A vehicle hit and killed a doe near Plainfield, leaving the trio without milk or guidance... Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project... advice for anyone who finds a young animal they think might be orphaned: Observe it from a distance for 24 hours. Odds are the mother will return and all is well...

... a scared deer that had wrapped its neck multiple times in a soccer net... They were able to cut the deer clear, and get out of the way in time as the deer bounded away ...

DNR approves waterfowl, deer regulations May 21, 2015 Iowa, Oskaloosa Herald 
... The proposals will be available for formal comment from June 10-30...  Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before June 30, 2015...

Existing in Harmony Without Sacrificing Your Garden May 12, 2015 Iowa, Iowa Public Radio
... Some kinds of plants that are particularly palatable to deer include willows, hazelnut, and poplars. For more success, try putting in things like oak or dogwood, which deer don’t seem to like as much...

DNR to increase CWD surveillance April 29, 2015 Iowa, Mason City Globe Gazette
... Iowa has tested more than 55,000 wild deer from across the state, since 2002. The three cases confirmed last December were within five miles of each other, in southeast Allamakee County ...

Chronic Wasting Disease meeting Thursday April 13, 2015 Iowa, Decorah Journal
... There have been no new cases of chronic wasting disease found among a sample of 85 adult deer collected in Allamakee County...  four Allamakee samples, which prompted this winter’s special collection, are the only CWD-positive returns on 55,000 samples of wild Iowa deer taken since 2002..

... she's conducting experiments to find out if retinal tissue may be a valid means of surveillance for chronic wasting disease in deer.  She said she isn't ready to publish her results, but the data gathered so far looks promising...

Chronic Wasting Disease doesn't seem to be a big issue in Iowa April 3, 2015 KCRG
... only 85 samples from ... Harpers Ferry where a wild deer tested positive for CWD during the 2013 hunting season. Three more were found this past fall from hunter-harvested deer... 

No positive samples so far in Iowa tests for diseased deer March 7, 2015 thegazette.com
... No positive tests for chronic wasting disease have been recorded among the first 26 samples collected in a special surveillance effort in Allamakee County, the Department of Natural Resources ...

Harpers Ferry, Harvest good for CWD sampling March 4, 2015 Iowa, Globe Gazette 
... About one third of the area lies within Yellow River Forest. The public should be aware of the presence of hunting activity—and wear blaze orange clothing there ... CWD is ... caused by an abnormal protein--a prion--that attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to lose weight, display abnormal behavior and lose bodily functions...

DNR looks to collect 200 more samples for CWD testing February 24, 2015 Iowa, Clayton County Register
... a special deer hunt in part of Allamakee County ... The three new “positives” brought the total number of confirmed cases of CWD in wild deer in Iowa to four, after one harvested near Harpers Ferry also tested positive in 2013...

Hunters to collect 200 Allamakee County deer samples February 22, 2015 Iowa, thegazette.com
... The effort will be limited to 30 square miles near Harpers Ferry where a wild deer tested positive for the disease during the 2013 hunting season and three more were found this past fall from hunter-harvested deer. [Deer must be killed to collect samples for CWD]

The best time to find shed antlers February 22, 2015 Iowa, WQAD
... From the middle of January through the middle of March, Whitetail deer in Iowa shed their antlers... Shed hunting is open on public land and parks ...

Deer hunting had $297M economic impact in 2014 February 21, 2015 Iowa, Mason City Globe Gazette
... deer hunting generating $197 million in retail sales and had a $297 million economic impact in the state, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources...

iowadnr.gov
... What is Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)?  A: CWD is a neurological disease affecting primarily deer, moose and elk. It is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion, that attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to lose weight, display abnormal behavior and lose bodily functions. It is always fatal... 

... Following the state’s first CWD-positive test in a wild deer in 2013, three more were confirmed during the recently concluded deer season — all within a 5-mile radius near Harpers Ferry... 

... The bill would have allowed children ages 16 and under with a youth deer hunting license to use a crossbow during other deer firearm seasons...

Slight increase seen in Iowa deer harvest in 2014 January 28, 2015 Iowa, Toledo Chronicle
... Hunters reported harvesting 6 percent fewer does (47,079), 15 percent more bucks (44,495), and fewer button bucks and shed antlered deer, than last year. The reduction in doe harvest is part of the management plan to allow the herd to stabilize...

CWD discovered in two wild deer in Allamakee County January 24, 2015 Iowa, Globe Gazette
... Two wild deer harvested during the recent hunting season have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease in Allamakee County.  The first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild Iowa deer was confirmed in Allamakee County in 2014...

Two more wild deer test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease January 21, 2015 Iowa, Radio Iowa 
... confirmed the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease in wild deer for the second straight year... within a five-mile radius of where the first wild deer that tested positive last year was found — and that’s a little bit southwest of Harpers Ferry in Allamakee County ...  what we believe is the deer from last year wandered in from nearby Wisconsin...

Atlantic, Rural men cited in deer remains case January 19, 2015 Iowa, Daily Nonpareil
... charged with 111 counts of illegal possession of deer remains, plus one count of illegally transporting deer, illegally killing a raccoon, illegally killing a badger, unlicensed harvesting of fur and failure to report a harvested deer...

Iowa deer harvest up slightly January 16, 2015 Ames Tribune
... Hunters shot 101,500 deer this past season, which was 2,000 more deer than they did the year prior. However, the 2014-15 total was 33 percent lower than in 2006-07 ...

Ottumwa, Deer harvest numbers continue to decrease January 14, 2015 Iowa, Ottumwacourier
... Over the last four years, deer harvest numbers for the city deer season has declined approximately 7 percent; however, participation in the hunt has remained relatively the same. Looking at Iowa as a whole, deer harvest numbers are still down significantly statewide ...

... Fewer bowhunters are participating in the city’s annual deer hunt ... the city of Cedar Rapids likely is losing deer habitat as the city grows, which also can lessen the deer population inside the city...

Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 101,000 January 14, 2014 KIWA-FM
...  Iowa deer hunters reported harvesting about 101,500 deer in 2014 ...

...  37 of 74 bowhunters who qualified for the hunt killed 122 deer in this year’s hunt, compared to 45 of 83 qualified hunters who killed 171 deer a year ago in 2013.  In the peak year of 2007, hunters in the Cedar Rapids bowhunt killed 349 deer...

2014 Iowa Deer Harvest Totals January 12, 2014 Iowa Firearms Coalition
... Iowa’s deer and turkey seasons are officially over. All told,there were over 101,000 deer harvested in Iowa. Here’s the county-by-county break down. [deer total sums to 100,561] ...

Deer hunters wrap up 2014-15 season January 11, 2015 Iowa, Creston News Advertiser
... One of the biggest changes for Iowa deer hunters was the discontinuation of January’s antlerless season, forcing hunters to target does more frequently during the regular shotgun season.  “The reason (January antlerless) was abolished was because we have gotten our population numbers down to target level,” Carlton said...

Iowa Deer Harvest Similar To 2013 January 8, 2015 Emmetsburg Reporter Democrat
... Harvest for the year to date is 4,300 more deer than the same time last year, led by an 11 percent increase in the buck harvest...

Iowa DNR Facebook post shows albino deer January 5, 2015 ON YOUR SIDE
... the Iowa Department of Natural Resources shared photos sent to them from Max Grover in Buchanan County, showing an albino deer ...

Clues in roadside trash lead to 111 deer discovery January 5, 2015 Iowa, KCCI Des Moines
... Two Iowa men are facing charges after authorities found 111 deer, a badger and raccoon dead on a property near Atlantic....

Deer harvest similar to 2013 January 2, 2015 Iowa, Ottumwacourier
... 91,642 deer were harvested state-wide through Dec. 29., making this harvest similar to 2013... By the year's end, licenses totaled at 334,250 state-wide for 2014, which is a 7 percent decline from the previous year ...

 
Iowa Data:  About 400,000 deer in 2014 and 2015, a downward trend since 2006.  In 2014, the state issued 10,000 fewer antlerless deer licenses in an effort to stabilize the population, no antlerless licenses in the northwest where deer populations have fallen dramatically. For 2015, DNR plans to maintinan the license number.   An estimated 425,000 - 435,000 deer in 2013, the deer herd had been on a planned decline since 2002. The long winter of 2013-14 further reduced the herd into 2014. Drought and EHD accelerated the decline in 2012.  Iowa’s deer population peaked at about 650,000 in 2006 (data are all before the hunt).  By 2014 the deer population had fallen back to levels of the 1990's.  The first case of chronic wasting disease in the wild herd came in 2013 in Allamakee County, a couple of cases in captive herds - one in Davis county in 2012.  Later, 284 of the 356 captive deer at the Davis County hunting operation tested positive.  The 2015 population is about 33 percent below the 2009 population.
   White-tailed deer were reported to be abundant when European settlers arrived in Iowa in the early 1800's. Clearing and cultivating of land for agriculture initially improved habitat, but over hunting for food and hides rapidly reduced deer numbers. By 1880 deer were rarely sighted and in 1898 the deer season was closed. Deer had been virtually eliminated from all parts of the state. The herd was rebuilt by trapping and relocating deer from other states, and by natural immigration.  In 1936 there were only 500 to 700 deer in the state.  A 1947  survey put the number at 1650.  By 1950, about 10,000 deer.  When hunting resumed in 1953 there were around 12,000 to 15,000 deer.  In 1987 Iowa made it illegal to kill white deer.   Hunting statistics
 
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