Iowa Deer Population:  About 400,000 deer in 2014 through 2017, a downward trend from 2006, but about stable in 2015 after a mild winter and early spring, and into 2017.  Starting in 2014, a reduced number of antlerless licenses have been issued to help stabilize the herd. The  population peaked at about 650,000 in 2006.  Herd analysis at right.  Historic Iowa deer hunting data and news archive.
Iowa Deer News

Do Iowa deer hunters need to worry about bovine tuberculosis? October 11, 2018 The Des Moines Register ·
... Though cattle in Iowa have been confirmed positive with the disease in 2017 and 2018, the state has been accredited bovine tuberculosis-free since 1986 ...  found the disease in two different herds of cattle that moved into Iowa from South Dakota ... 

... Chronic Wasting Disease is a deadly disease killing off Iowa's deer population...  give us tissue samples from deer [hunters] harvested to do this monitoring ...

What will we do with all the urban deer? October 6, 2018 Iowa, Iowa City Press Citizen
     On their website, Iowa City Deer Friends are critical of using professional hunters calling it expensive, dangerous, and potentially triggering for those living with PTSD. The alternatives advocate from large scale infrastructure changes like wildlife crossings to deer contraceptives...  "Killing deer doesn't work because the populations rebound," Crawford said ...

... The number of deer-vehicle collisions was 30,684, or down about 1,400 crashes from 2016. November was the month with the highest number in Iowa ..,
     Watch out for deer October 3, 2018 Iowa, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
... Iowa’s deer population remains stable after being reduced from 2006 to 2013, according to state officials, and the numbers are at or below levels recorded in the mid-1990s ..,

... fourteenth year of partnering to collect observation data on wildlife they see while sitting in their tree stand...  an important piece to the population estimates used to guide resource management and regulation decisions..,

Iowa’s archery deer season begins Oct. 1 September 26, 2018 The Daily Nonpareil 
... An estimated 60,000 hunters ... white oaks in southern Iowa had an excellent crop this year... 

... to stop or slow the spread of CWD, Haindfield said, ... not leaving the deer carcass on the landscape or using feed or salt-mineral to attract deer.  “The first and most important hunters can do is to allow sampling of hunter harvested deer,” ...

... Our finding of higher fawn survival in woodland habitat suggests that managers should maintain woodland habitat in agricultural regions. Disease caused most of our fawn mortality in contrast to predation as reported in other Midwestern studies. Our survival estimates through 30 and 60 days post-capture were similar to estimates from other Midwestern regions; however, survival through 7 months was much lower.

A discussion with the City Deer Population Management Committee and Dr. Anthony Denicola of White Buffalo, Inc. August 16, 2018 Iowa



Iowa City Officials Again Consider Sharpshooting Deer August 15, 2018 Iowa Public Radio, 
... “I used to think that shooting the deer would solve the problem, until I noticed that over the course of the years that the sharpshooting program was in operation, we still had a large deer count," Klaus said. "Sharpshooting isn’t enough, or isn’t the way to solve this problem.” ... other residents don’t want the deer killed at all, hoping the city will opt instead for large-scale sterilization ...

... The city's new request for sharpshooting was denied by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission for the lack of public input. The NRC instructed the city to gather input before moving on which sparked Tuesday's public forum held at city hall... Many mentioned that they believed sharpshooting was a temporary fix for the current state and urged for a long-term solution to be developed...

... The authority to set hunting and fishing license fees had rested with the Iowa Legislature until 2018, when the Legislature passed a bill, signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, that shifted the authority to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resource Commission...

Public to give input on city’s deer-reduction plan  August 1, 2018 Iowa, Daily Iowan
... A public forum on the city of Iowa City’s proposal to use sharpshooters in a deer-reduction plan ... From 2005-2015, deer-related accidents stayed consistent at around 30 per year in the Iowa ... Through the end of the June, there have been 18 deer-related accidents this year...

... "What we tend to see with deer in urban areas, because their habitat is limited, is that a doe is quite comfortable in home range, and does that are related to each other are comfortable with each other. We call it a rose petal effect," ...  Jim Coffey, an Iowa DNR forest wildlife biologist ...

... Three generations of a Michigan family have agreed to pay 51-thousand dollars in  fines and turn over 17-deer mounts after a poaching investigation, that  spanned 16-years...  

Iowa DNR says deer can’t be rescued this year June 1, 2018 WQAD
... Last year and again this year, there were positive tests for chronic wasting disease in Iowa's deer population... Rehabilitators caught taking in deer can lose their state licenses and face a fine...

Accidents with deer are up this time of year May 31, 2018 Iowa, Radio Iowa
... late May into the early part of June is the second-worst time of the year for deer running into traffic.  “It’s primarily due to the birthing season,” Klemesrud says. “Our does are running off last year’s fawns, telling them it’s time to be on their own...

Iowa deer hunters fight DNR's proposed rule changes May 9, 2018 The Des Moines Register
... fighting rule changes they say would prevent the use of AR pistols for hunting deer...  Iowa Department of Natural Resources has proposed several changes to state hunting rules that include restricting the amount of ammo hunters can keep in their guns to six rounds...

Diseases of White-tailed Deer April, 2018, Iowa State, A Janke
     A powerpoint presentation comparing hemorrhagic and chronic wasting disease.

Deer shot in Marion didn't have CWD April 9, 2018 Iowa, ABC 9
... DNR decided to kill a deer after getting reports about the animal for several days ...

Annual spring wildlife survey underway March 3, 2018 Nebraska, Iowa DNR
... The Iowa Department of Natural Resources annual spring spotlight survey is underway with Wildlife and Law Enforcement staff conducting nighttime counts of all furbearing animals, and white-tailed deer.  The survey begins in early spring an hour after sunset, preferably on a night with a clear sky, low wind and high humidity. Each county has a preselected route covering 50 miles of varying habitat.  Surveyors will follow the route driving below 20 miles per hour, shining spotlights from both sides of the vehicle... This survey is the primary way we count deer ..

... This past hunting season a wild doe in Wayne County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. That’s the first case outside of the northeast part of the state. The infection first surfaced in Iowa in Allamakee County in 2013, and spread to Clayton County in 2016..,

... Marion Police killed a deer that was acting strange ... They could have driven that deer back into the woods," ...

Iowa City looks to use sharpshooting to thin deer population March 15, 2018 Iowa, kwwl.com
... From 1999 to 2009, the city contracted White Buffalo Inc. to sharp shoot the deer to thin the population. In 2010, the city stopped doing so, citing the population was at a reasonable level... "We don't find them to be much of a safety problem but they are chewing a lot of peoples landscaping ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Public meeting on fatal deer disease set for March 15 in Corydon March 6, 2018 Iowa, DNR News
... A hunter harvested wild deer taken during the first shotgun season in southeast Wayne County has tested positive for CWD. This is the first hunter harvested wild deer outside of northeast Iowa to test positive for the always fatal disease..,

Chronic wasting disease slows in northeast Iowa February 23, 2018 Iowa, The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
... The Department of Natural Resources has recorded 10 positive samples, down from 12 the preceding year... first case was discovered in 2013... three more in 2014, two in 2015 and 12 in 2016 — all in the northeast Iowa counties of Allamakee and Clayton..,

... A hunter harvested adult doe taken in southeast Wayne County during the first shotgun deer season has tested positive for the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the first hunter harvested wild deer outside of northeast Iowa to test positive for the always fatal disease...

Council Bluffs,  Fewer does harvested, but interest by hunters remains steady in Bluffs February 7, 2018 Iowa, The Daily Nonpareil
... Bow hunting for does on specific city property began in the autumn of 2008 as a way to reduce of number of deer roaming freely within the city limits ... Unfortunately, the number of deer found dead for whatever the reason within the city remains high, even increasing...

Continue to move toward stabalized deer numbers February 3, 2018 Iowa, Tama News-Herald - Toledo Chronicle
... the deer population in Iowa declined from all-time highs in the early 2000's. The goal is a stable population at a level comparable to the mid-to-late 1990s... To stabilize populations ... Reductions were made to the county antlerless deer quotas in 22 counties for the 2017 season ..,

Chronic Wasting Disease, Effort underway to sample for fatal deer disease in Allamakee, Clayton counties January 23, 2018 Iowa, DNR News
... Chronic wasting disease is a neurologic disease of deer, moose and elk, belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases... The disease first appeared in Iowa’s wild deer herd in 2013 ... two deer confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease from the 2017 season – one each from the Allamakee and Clayton County surveillance zones – and five suspected positives..,

... Hunters reported harvesting 105,544 deer in Iowa for 2017, which is an increase of more than 4,100 deer from 2016. Iowa’s deer seasons closed on Jan. 10..,

... a Tipton outfitter accused of leading illegal hunts and ripping off customers was convicted on two counts of felony theft ... "Right now, anybody who wants to be an outfitter can be one,” ...

Iowa DNR News, Preliminary Harvest Numbers December 26, 2017 Dickinson County News
... The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running more than 5 percent ahead of the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 90,955 deer have been reported, compared to 86,506 for the same period last year. Iowa’s final deer hunting seasons-the late …

Elusive elk shot by Iowa wildlife officials December 19, 2017 DesMoinesRegister.com
... The bull elk killed Saturday had notches in its ears, consistent with the animal being part of a captive herd ...

... last year the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported 12 deer tested positive among 4,879 samples collected..,

Iowa deer harvest ahead of 2016 December 5, 2017 valleynewstoday.com
... running 4.5 percent ahead ... 55,793 deer ...

Iowa's first deer season begins November 27, 2017 US92 - News Channel Nebraska 
...  expected 60,000 hunters ... Iowa’s overall deer harvest across all seasons last year was 101,397, down more than 30 percent from the 2006 peak, and the 2017 harvest should be similar..,

... Researchers tested the livers of 58 dead eagles collected in 2011 throughout the Mississippi River corridor in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota and found that 60 percent had detectable concentrations of lead, while 38 percent had concentrations considered lethal...

Hunting Predictions November 22, 2017 Iowa, DNR News
... Iowa’s overall deer harvest across all seasons last year was 101,397, down more than 30 percent from the 2006 peak; the 2017 harvest should be similar...

Iowa deer harvest similar to 2016 November 15, 2017 Iowa DNR
... The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running slightly behind the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 21,825 deer have been reported, compared to 21,947 for the same period last year.  The bulk of Iowa’s deer harvest occurs during the two shotgun seasons in December... 

CWD Investigation Leads to Iowa Co. Deer Farm Quarantine November 14, 2017 Iowa, Wisconsin Ag Connection
...  two four-year-old bucks were killed on the 84-acre hunting ranch in Waupaca, but originated from a 15-acre breeding farm in Mineral Point that contains 110 white-tailed deer...

Celebrity Three-Legged Deer Off-Limits to Hunters November 10, 2017 Iowa, The Epoch Times
... The couple first spotted the three-legged doe on their property a couple of years ago. “And then we noticed that it was missing its left front leg...

Bo Neuzil says he spotted the 'ghost deer' after work between Iowa City and Solon and had to get a little closer for a better look. - November 1, 2017 Iowa


Iowa DOT clarifies: 'Deer can't read signs' October 27, 2017 United Press International
... officials field an unusual question "on a pretty regular basis" from drivers who apparently seem to believe deer crossing signs are placed to tell the animals where they should cross...

Estimated 62000 gear up for Iowa's archery deer season September 30, 2017  Nebraska, Omaha World-Herald
... Our deer population has been relatively stable ... lower numbers in northwest Iowa and increasing numbers along the Mississippi River and across southern Iowa ..,

Iowa bow-hunting season for deer starts Sunday September 27, 2017 The Daily Nonpareil
... An estimated 62,000 bow hunters will purchase more than 90,000 deer licenses this year ...

... 5 deer harvested in southeast Nebraska in 2016 tested positive for the disease...

Mountain lion caught on camera in northwest Iowa September 8, 2017 Iowa, Mason City Globe Gazette
... An Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer in late June killed a female mountain lion that climbed into a tree on a farm near Galva ... it was the first confirmed female found in Iowa in more than a century..,

Davenport urban deer hunt begins Sept. 16 September 7, 2017 Iowa, Quad City Times
... Davenport Parks and Recreation Director Scott Hock said 81 deer were harvested last year, an increase over the 67 harvested in the 2015-16 year...

Voice of Muscatine 
... In the past 11 years, 478 total deer have been harvested during this program...

Deer predator study in summer monitoring phase August 13, 2017 Iowa, Madison.com
... About 100 fawns were hand-captured this past May and June and fitted with a small collar ... the Department of Natural Resources' five-year deer predator study in Dane, Iowa and Grant counties...

Iowa cuts deer tags to maintain population, combat disease July 9, 2017 Iowa, Charlotte Observer
... Twelve deer harvested last hunting season tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... cutting the deer tag quota in some counties and adding to it in others — is a strategic move to better respond to the impacts or potential impacts of disease ... 

Two Deer wading below the bridge at the High Trestle Trail. - July 17, 2017


... at Scott County Park ... third consecutive archery-only hunt. A total of 12 deer were harvested during each of the past two seasons ...

... The Iowa Supreme Court Friday ruled the Department of Natural Resources wrongfully quarantined a North Iowa couple's land after diseased deer had been eradicated... The DNR said ... The quarantine was "intended to prevent the wild deer herd from accessing the chronic wasting disease exposed soil on site,"...
Radio Iowa
... The DNR issued an emergency order that required them quarantine the land for five-years, saying wild deer could still be infected by getting onto the land...
... Businesses like Archery Field & Sports in Altoona are well aware of how devastating chronic wasting disease could be, not only to the health of Iowa's deer herd, but also to its bottom line...
     Iowa DNR issues statement on Iowa Supreme Court Ruling June 16, 2017 Iowa DNR News
... are disappointed with the decision issued today by the Iowa Supreme Court in Brakke v. Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  The Department’s quarantine of Pine Ridge Hunting Reserve was intended to prevent the wild deer herd from accessing the chronic wasting disease exposed soil on site... 

Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer June 11, 2017 Iowa State
     Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a neurological disease infecting wild white-tailed deer in Iowa and throughout North America. This article reviews the most relevant and up-to-date scientific information about the disease and provides recommendations for addressing this emerging challenge in Iowa.

Lead in venison May 3, 2017 Iowa, KWQC-TV6
...  process the deer into two pound packages ... 14 packages from pantries and hunters around the area... four of the 14 packages contained ... The worst sample came back with a lead concentration of 19.4 parts per million. That's 194 times higher than the limit set by the European Food Safety Agency ...

Changes in deer tagging law sent to Branstad by Iowa Senate April 6, 2017 DesMoinesRegister.com
... House File 254, a deer carcass may be moved away from an obstacle, entanglement, waterway, or another area, including a roadway, if it would be a safety hazard ...

Rifle bill for Iowa deer hunters heads to Branstad's desk April 3, 2017 DesMoinesRegister.com
... House File 475 allows the use of straight wall cartridge rifles, starting with .357 caliber and larger handgun ammunition ... during the youth and disabled deer hunting seasons and for the first and second shotgun deer hunting seasons by licensed deer hunters...
... Chronic wasting disease was detected in a dead deer at the farm back in December. Today, hazmat crews are at the farm to euthanize all of the deer there ...

Latest news on chronic wasting disease in Iowa March 24, 2017 Iowa, Spencer Daily Reporter
... The Iowa DNR has a goal to collect around 5,000 deer samples each year from across the state. For the 14 counties near areas where CWD has been confirmed, quotas range from 50 samples to 500. The remaining counties have a quota of 15 samples each...

... collecting 4,879 tissue samples from wild deer across the state. Out of these, 12 tested positive for the disease, with a handful of results pending from several counties. The disease, which first appeared in Iowa in 2013 ...

... House File 475, which has already been passed by the Iowa House ...allows the use of straight wall cartridge rifles starting with .357 caliber and larger handgun ammunition...

     The DNR is closing the books on 2016 chronic wasting disease monitoring efforts, collecting 4,879 tissue samples from wild deer. From those, 12 samples tested positive for the disease; test results are pending on deer from a handful of counties, including a few dozen from a special deer collection effort in Clayton County....

Sioux Falls deer hunt bags the limit March 15, 2017 Iowa, KELO AM-FM
... the city's annual deer herd culling program  ... police officers shot 50 deer - the limit - between January 1 and March 13, focused in the southeast and northeast parts of town...

Annual check finds 12 Iowa deer with chronic wasting disease March 14, 2017 Iowa, KIMT 3
... 12 deer taken during the 2016-2017 hunting seasons tested positive for chronic wasting disease... out of 4,879 tissue samples...

New home planned for Oleson Park deer March 8, 2017 Iowa, Fort Dodge Messenger
... They will be taken from the steep ravine where they now live and will be placed in a fenced-in enclosure behind the Oleson Park Bandshell ... eight deer in the park’s herd ...

Will special deer hunts let Iowa prevent spread of fatal disease? Chronic Wasting Disease March 2, 2017 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... The hunt has sparked debate about how Iowa should battle the disease, discovered in 18 wild deer since 2013 ... "I don't see the reason to kill 250 to 300 deer," said Matt Stark, who lives in Coralville but hunts regularly in northeast Iowa.  "In southwestern Wisconsin, they killed any whitetail deer that walked. … And the disease is still there." ...

2016 Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 100,000 February 28, 2017 DNR News
   Deer hunters reported harvesting 101,397 deer during the 2016 Iowa deer hunting season, which is about 3,000 fewer than were reported in 2015, but nearly identical to the 2014 harvest... The Iowa DNR has a goal to manage for a deer population that can provide a harvest of between 100,000 and 120,000 deer each year ...

Full house on hand for meeting on chronic wasting disease February 24, 2017 Iowa, Spencer Daily Reporter
... The Allamakee County scientific collection effort that ended Feb. 5, has found a positive deer that was taken near Waterville. It is the 18th wild deer to test positive for chronic wasting disease. Volunteers collected 263 deer in the target area of Allamakee County, of which 203 were adults and 60 were fawns...

Where have all the deer gone? February 17, 2017 Iowa, Quad City Times
... A conservative estimate of the population in 1936 placed statewide numbers between 500 and 700 animals ... By 1950, deer were reported in most counties and the statewide estimate topped 10,000... the first modern deer season was held in December of 1953, and 4,000 deer were taken. The harvest in 1996 exceeded 100,000 for the first time ever..,

... The meeting was prompted after a deer harvested during the 2016 hunting season in west central Clayton County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It was the first wild deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease outside of Allamakee County...

Cherokee man offers reward for information on poaching case February 11, 2017 Iowa, Siouxland Matters
... Someone used a power tool to decapitate a trophy buck in Cherokee, during Iowa's January deer hunting season.... 

Deer near Elkader tests positive for chronic wasting disease February 4, 2017 Iowa, Telegraph Herald
... The Iowa DNR began collecting deer tissue samples in 2002 after the CWD outbreak in Wisconsin. Since then, more than 61,000 samples from wild deer and 4,000 samples from hunting preserve deer have been collected and tested. The first wild deer tested positive in 2013, followed by three in 2014, two in 2015 and 11 so far in 2016..,
... hunter shot the deer northwest of Elkader... Clayton County is only the second one to have a positive test for CWD in wild deer and all the other positives have come from Allamakee County ..,

... Nine samples from hunter-harvested deer from near Harpers Ferry during the 2016 hunting seasons have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing the total of CWD positive deer from the area to 15.  The disease is spread from animal to animal through nose to nose contact and through environmental contamination from urine, feces and saliva left by positive deer ...

Nine samples of chronic wasting disease affecting deer detected in Allamakee County January 25, 2017 Iowa, The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
... Nine samples from hunter-harvested deer collected near Harpers Ferry during the 2016 hunting seasons have tested positive for the always-fatal chronic wasting disease ...

Bill seeks to limit DNR's authority to seize wildlife, firearms January 15, 2017 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... The acquittal of an Iowa hunter accused of using bait to shoot a once-in-a-lifetime whitetail deer is driving a new effort to limit Iowa conservation officers' authority to seize firearms and trophy antlers in suspected poaching cases....

... Statewide, there have been 42,178 does, 43,064 antlered bucks, 8,536 button bucks, and 431 shed-antler bucks harvested this hunting season, for a total of 94,209 white-tailed deer...

Council Bluffs, Multiple agencies investigating illegal deer kill in CB city limits December 30, 2017 Iowa, KMAland
...  the 3000 block of 14th Avenue, which is Union Pacific Railroad property. Callers indicated that two men had shot a deer, loaded it into a vehicle and driven away...

Hunting with lead ammunition kills eagles December 28, 2016 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... The eagle was uncoordinated, weighed only 8 pounds and had a blood lead level higher than the facility’s diagnostic equipment could measure... in Iowa, hunters are free to legally spray lead across our fields and ... with shotguns and boxes of shells and hope to return with a deer ...

Chronic Wasting Disease discovered at Buchanan County deer farm December 24, 2016 Iowa, Cedar Valley Daily Times
... The farm is expected to maintain their fencing to try and prevent it from infecting the wild deer herd, but that is why the DNR will do increased testing in the area to ensure it doesn’t get into the wild population ...

Deer harvest slightly down in Iowa after shotgun season December 23, 2016 Quad City Times
... Between both shotgun seasons, hunters reported 2,610, or 5 percent, fewer deer than last year's seasons ... hunters purchased 2,118 fewer licenses, or tags ...

Chronic wasting disease found at deer farm in Buchanan Co. December 20, 2016 Iowa, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
...  Chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in one captive white-tail at a deer farm in Buchanan County.  The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has quarantined the site...

Update on Iowa's firearm deer seasons December 7, 2016 Iowa, Dickinson County News
... Iowa’s overall deer harvest across all seasons last year was 105,401, down 30 percent from the 2006 peak and the 2016 harvest should be similar. The 2014 harvest was estimated at 101,595...

Hordes of deer hunters expected to hit the timber this weekend December 3=2, 2016, Iowa, Quad City Times
... The Iowa Department of Natural Resources expects 75,000 hunters ... As of Friday morning, 65 percent of the state's licenses had been sold...

A preview of Iowa's 2016 shotgun deer season December 1, 2016 Daily Iowegian
...  fewer whitetails than in the early 2000s... A decade ago, state lawmakers instructed the DNR to reduce the deer population, after steady growth through the previous few decades... 

Shotgun deer season just around the corner November 30, 2016 Iowa, Kmaland
... Iowa’s overall deer harvest across all seasons last year was 105,401, down 30 percent from the 2006 peak and the 2016 harvest should be similar. The 2014 harvest was estimated at 101,595...

High volume expected for Iowa deer opener November 26, 2016 Iowa, Omaha World-Herald
... Iowa DNR’s wildlife staff will be collecting tissue samples during the season to test for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease.,,  concentrate in southeast Allamakee County ...

... The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has the authority to order the owners of the land to keep the fences in place to stop wild deer from entering the grounds and potentially being exposed to the disease [chronic wasting] ...

The deer stay, but driving through will go November 15, 2016 Iowa, Fort Dodge Messenger
... Future visitors to Oleson Park will be able to watch deer in a new enclosure ... The cost of the new deer enclosure is estimated at from $331,125 to $397,350 ... for eight deer ...

Council Bluffs, Warm weather is keeping deer under wraps November 1, 2016 Iowa, The Daily Nonpareil
... in reducing the female deer population within Council Bluffs, according to a city official...   Dierks annually purchases 10 buck (male deer) tags as an incentive for hunters to get out more during October. In years past, those who bagged four or more does by Oct. 31 got their names put into a hat with those names drawn getting one of those buck tags, allowing them to bag a buck within city limits...

Elk runs wild near Iowa highway October 26, 2016 Iowa, KCCI Des Moines
... there have been over a half dozen elk sightings in Iowa this year alone.  The sightings may be more frequent because the elk are more visible with the crops harvested ...

Elk spotted near Big Spirit Lake October 18, 2016 Iowa, Dickinson County News
..."All of the places a wild elk could have wandered from are around 200, 300 miles away," ... thinks the elk traveled to northwest Iowa searching for new territory or a possible mate.  "Elk used to be native to Iowa, but they haven't been for more than 100 years," ...

How do you judge a deer's age? October 18, 2016 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... Each ear is usually about 6 to 7 inches long. If a buck's inside spread is wider or past than the deer's ears, tip to tip. That should put the inside spread at least 16 to 17 inches on most 3.5- to 4-year-old deer...

Deer poachers caught by their own website October 11, 2016 Iowa, KCRG
... Investigators examined the videos and pictures of game they killed and referenced them with the hunting licenses they claimed to have on their website. The information they provided didn't match up with the hunting videos they were posting...

Urban deer hunting flies 'under the radar' in the Q-C October 1, 2016 Iowa, Quad City Times
...  in Bettendorf and Davenport. The controlled archery-only programs were implemented at separate times more than a decade ago to thin herds in the respective cities... "If nothing’s done at all, it’s safe to say your herd will grow by a third every year,” said Ross Ellingson, wildlife depredation biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. [If that were true, deer would cover the planet, see research on deer habitat and population

Iowa's archery deer hunting season opens Saturday September 28, 2016 Newton Daily News
... Our deer population is relatively stable ... n estimated 62,000 bow hunters will purchase more than 90,000 deer licenses this year.

Town rescues deer from raging flood waters September 25, 2016 Iowa, WTVD-TV
... A man strapped on his life jacket and jumped in the water to save the deer in distress. Everyone else helped pull the deer to safety...
     Man risks life to save deer September 24, 2016 Iowa, WKOW
... Sallis held the man who was tethered to a nearby railing. As Evansdale jumped in with his life jacket, strapped the deer, and they were able to pull it to safety...

Iowa's youth deer season begins Saturday September 16, 2016 Spencer Daily Reporter
... An unfilled youth season tag may be used during the early or late muzzleloader season or one of the two shotgun seasons only... about 10,000 youths who are participating in the youth deer hunting season ...

Iowa's youth deer season begins next weekend September 10, 2016 Quad City Times
... the state expects about 10,000 novice hunters to participate this fall...

Decorah, City will handle deer problem itself September 7, 2016 Iowa, Decorah Journal
... City officials have been struggling for years on how to deal with the city’s deer population. The option approved unanimously by the Council Tuesday night allows for a locally controlled bow-hunting program, administered and operated by city administration...

... some of the new hunters in the city’s deer management program are having difficulty finding appropriate places to hunt... This bow hunting program began in 2008 ... Since then, 951 does have been bagged ...

Decorah Park-Rec votes in favor of deer hunt September 4, 2016 Iowa, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
... allow hunting in a limited area within city parks... The Park-Rec Board is in favor of a two-week hunt, not the four-month hunt proposed ...

Davenport, 10th Annual City of Davenport Urban Deer Hunt August 30, 2016 Iowa, KWQC-TV6
... Archery is the only allowable means to harvest deer during the urban deer hunt. Participants must have a valid Iowa hunter’s safety card ...

Six from Iowa charged with swapping deer tags August 25, 2016 Daily Republic
... investigators discovered they were allegedly involved in a series of tag swaps surrounding the shooting of multiple bucks...

Oskaloosa urban deer management season August 18, 2016 Iowa, Oskaloosa Herald
... For the seventh year in a row, the City of Oskaloosa is preparing for the upcoming 2016/2017 Urban Deer Hunting season ... 

... Two southeast Iowa men have been charged after several deer were found shot and left to rot last winter... charges of hunting deer with a motor vehicle as well as a charge of hunting by artificial light...

Decorah, Decorah City Council tables deer hunting proposal August 15, 2016 Iowa, decorahnews.com
...  the board had concerns about public safety; needed more education on the issue; wanted more data on the local deer population; and wanted to consider a shorter hunting season...

Council Bluffs,  The city's bow-hunting deer season is coming soon August 14, 2016 Iowa, The Daily Nonpareil
... All new hunters ... pass a $30 online test sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be certified to hunt in this program. Once that’s earned, hunters need not take the test again ... This bowhunting program began in 2008 ...

Iowa board heeds request to replace 'suicidal deer' sign August 11, 2016 DesMoinesRegister.com
... meant to be attention-getters for motorists navigating areas with high deer populations ... gained criticism from some people who thought the signs made light of mental illness ...

Scott County Park - Archery Controlled Deer Hunt June 26, 2916 Iowa, Scott County, Iowa
... The Scott County Conservation Board has approved a special deer hunt for archery hunters only from October 8, 2016 through January 10, 2017 at Scott County Park...

Oh Deer! Clover Kids Inspired June 1, 2016 Iowa, Mason City Globe Gazette
... Oh Deer” is a simulation game where youth become “deer” and learn components of habitat. This activity emphasized the most essential things that animals need in order to survive: food, water, shelter, and space. This game also showed how animal populations increase and decrease from year to year ... Iowa State University Extension ...


Iowa farmer loses prize antlers to state May 31, 2016 DesMoinesRegister.com
... An Iowa farmer has lost his fight to keep a valuable set of antlers from a trophy whitetail deer that he claims was suffering from a broken leg when he killed it out of mercy...

Urban bow hunters claim 400 deer in Polk County May 29, 2016 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... a 20-year-old program that allows bowhunting in designated spots within city limits ... During the latest season, hunters killed 400 deer ... The latest estimate, from 2014, showed 12 deer per square mile in Des Moines’ Water Works Park, compared with 53 in 1998...

ORALVILLE, Iowa -- Fetch, not just with Fido, but a feral deer. - May 30, 2016


 Iowa Deer Analysis:  About 400,000 deer in 2014 through 2018 with lower numbers in the northwest and higher numbers in the south and along the Mississippi river.   More details.  A downward trend since 2006, but about stable in 2015 after a mild winter and early spring.  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.  DNR maintained reduced antlerless licenses numbers for 2015, 2016 and 2017 to stabilize the population.   
    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 2015 population was about 33 percent below the 2009 population.  The 2014 harvest was 39 percent below peak.
   Chronic Wasting Disease  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 first wild deer tested positive in 2013 in Allamakee County, followed by three in 2014, two in 2015, twelve in 2016, and eight in 2017.
    History  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

Population Estimates

Year     Winter         Maximum
          Population     Fall Pop.
1954    11,892          20,395
1955    10,684          18,323
1956    10,821          18,558
1957    10,294          17,654
1958    10,643          18,253
1959    11,726          20,110
1960    13,101          22,468
1961    14,155          24,276
1962    15,957          27,366
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.  In 1997 an estimated population of 300,000 after the 1996 harvest of over 100,000 deer. Hunting statistics
     Elk were eliminated in Iowa by 1871 as a result of over hunting and habitat loss.  Iowa has no wild elk herds but elk are seen when they escape from private farms where they are considered "alternative livestock."
     Mountain Lion were eradicated from Iowa around 1900, one female returned and was shot in 2017, then another spotted on a trail camera.
 
Turn In Poachers (TIP):   (800) 532-2020
Other useful links:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources 





Iowa Whitetail Deer