Iowa Deer News

DNR following reported cougar sighting October 22, 2014 Iowa, kwwl.com
... The DNR now has the photo, and will send it to a specialist for verification...  "We know there are a few in Iowa," ...

Early muzzleloader deer season open October 15, 2014 Iowa, Globe Gazette
...  begins Saturday ... Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) that impacted the deer herd in certain local areas was not reported in 2014. Deer will begin moving in to those areas where a void was created by the disease in 2012 and 2013...

Wildlife Refuges to Close for Deer Hunts October 15, 2014 Iowa, KETV Omaha
... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says DeSoto and Boyer Chute national refuges will close this weekend for deer hunts ... The refuge allows the hunts in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission ...

Iowa deer farm exposes dangers of CWD October 12, 2014 Jefferson City News Tribune
... The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship recently announced 284 of 356 captive deer at a single captive deer farm tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  Back in July of 2012, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, IA confirmed a positive CWD case. It was a buck killed on a shooting ranch ... 

Deer Rescued from Northeast Iowa Sinkhole October 7, 2014 Iowa, WHO-TV
...  Three friends rescued a deer from a sinkhole last week in northeast Iowa.... a 10-point-buck got caught in a 10-foot sinkhole on a farm east of Decorah. 

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... more than 280 quarantined deer in north-central Iowa tested positive for chronic wasting disease... Officials will increase their testing of harvested deer in that area ...

Iowa hasn't learned from diseased deer lessons October 4, 2014  DesMoinesRegister.com
... When Chronic Wasting Disease was first discovered on the Hall Deer Farm in Wisconsin in 2002, litigation delayed removal of the deer for nearly five years ... A year ago, CWD was detected in wild deer immediately adjacent to the Hall Deer Farm in Wisconsin... In 2012 CWD was detected on the Brakke Deer Farm in Iowa. Two years of litigation elapsed before the facility was depopulated... 

Iowa deer study linked to human health October 3, 2014 Des Moines Register 
... Nicholas Haley, a veterinarian at Kansas State University, is working to develop a test identifying chronic wasting disease in live deer, elk and moose. Now the testing must be done after the animals have died...  “the scientific infrastructure that we use to develop these tests for chronic wasting disease probably can be directly translated for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.” ...

... About 280 deer on a farm in north central Iowa tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a fatal degenerative neurological disease, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said today.  The herd of 356 captive deer was destroyed ... 
     Test Results From Captive Deer Herd with Chronic Wasting Disease Released October 2, 2014 Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau 
... Once the depopulation was complete and the premises had been cleaned and disinfected, indemnity of $917,100.00 from the USDA has been or will be paid to the owners as compensation for the 356 captive deer depopulated.  The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship operates a voluntary CWD program for farms that sell live animals...

Iowa Deer Hunting Forecast for 2014 October 1, 2014 Iowa, gameandfishmag.com
... Iowa has fewer deer than it once had... Deer numbers are now at or below levels that existed in the mid-1990s ... The number of hunters declined by 3 percent from 2012 and is 4 percent lower than the peak in 2006 ...

... Iowa’s whitetail deer enjoy relatively mild winters and they have plenty to eat... Ideal conditions and the promise of trophies make this one of most coveted things in American hunting ...

Iowa DNR reduces number of antlerless deer licenses September 19, 2014 Spencer Daily Reporter 
... In an effort to stabilize Iowa's deer population, the Iowa DNR will issue 10,000 fewer permits this year to hunt antlerless deer or does.  For northwest Iowa, that means hunters will not be able to acquire antlerless deer licenses ... "The EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) and blue tongue diseases really decimated the deer population so we are trying to get that back up,"...

Odds of Hitting a Deer Decrease in Iowa September 16, 2014 WHO-TV
... The current odds drivers will hit a deer is 1 out of 77. That compares to 1 in 73 last year...

Cedar Rapids Urban Deer Hunt begins Saturday September 11, 2014 Iowa, kwwl.com
... A few dozen hunters will take aim at deer inside the city limits of Cedar Rapids beginning on Saturday as part of the Urban Deer Management Program...

Several white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are shown, some individual and some with young in Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City. The white-tailed deer is abundant over much of its range and is a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.



DNR plans to cut number of deer licenses as herd thins September 11, 2014 Iowa, Radio Iowa ·
... State wildlife officials say hunters in Iowa have sufficiently thinned down the deer herds, so they plan to scale back the number of hunting licenses that will be issued to stabilize the population... all signs indicate the statewide deer population declined between 2006 and 2013...

DNR moves to slow deer herd reduction September 9, 2014 Iowa, Globe Gazette
... The state will issue 10,000 fewer hunting licenses for antlerless deer this year, and no antlerless hunting will be allowed in northwest Iowa's 27 counties during the early muzzleloader and first shotgun seasons... We were in a reduction mode for a number of years. Now we are in a stabilization mode...

Clear Lake, Local herd of deer infected with fatal disease, CWD August 25, 2014 Iowa, KIMT
... chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... Officials with the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service worked to terminate this small population infected by the disease ... 

Ottumwa Deer Season Set to Begin August 14, 2014 Iowa,  Oskaloosa news 
... The City’s deer hunting program was implemented in 2005 ... In order to qualify for the incentive either sex license for the 2015-2016 season, a city deer hunter must harvest at minimum, three (3) female deer (does) during the 2014-2015 season...

Urban deer hunts have success August 14, 2014 Iowa, Radio Iowa 
... Residents of urban areas get concerned when the deer population climbs and the animals start eating gardens, hosta and other plants. Bunger says even though the population levels for deer have come down ... Most of the cities as a rule just hunt every year ...

... Bowhunters have removed more than 5,300 deer from Des Moines and the surrounding suburbs since 1997 ... The purpose of the urban hunts is not to eliminate the deer herd, but to get the herd to manageable levels of 30 deer per square mile. In Waterworks Park, deer numbers fell to nine per square mile, so the urban hunt was suspended for 2013. The population has since risen to 12 deer per square mile...

Mason City, Hunting in city limits August 9, 2014 Iowa, KIMT 
... City leaders say council-members appear to be open to the idea as long as no firearms are being used.  City Administrator, Brent Trout says he’s received complaints from residents who say their property has been damaged by deer in the area...

Oskaloosa Urban Deer Management Season August 8, 2014 Iowa, Oskaloosa news
... For the fifth year in a row ... Hunters must score at least 80% accuracy, within an 8-inch circle target, to qualify for this hunt. Hunters are allowed two attempts to pass this test... During the previous season (2013/2014) hunters harvested 26 deer ...

DNR releases 2014-15 hunting seasons July 31, 2014 Iowa, Ames Tribune
... The January antlerless deer season has been eliminated... The number of antlerless deer tags has been reduced...  Hunters in 27 northwest counties will be allowed only antlered deer during the first shotgun and early muzzleloader seasons. [An effort to boost the declining deer population] ...

Mason City looking at 'urban deer hunting' July 30, 2014 Iowa, Globe Gazette
...  the Park Board has to be involved because the specific area under consideration as an urban hunting zone is Highland Park Golf Course... [City Administrator] Trout brought up the idea of urban deer hunting ... 

Cedar Rapids Urban Deer Hunt July 16, 2014 Iowa, cbs2iowa.com 
... The City of Cedar Rapids will continue its annual Urban Deer Hunt for the 2014-2015 season... Attendance at an eight-hour Iowa Bow Hunter’s Safety Course. (one-time only) ...

Deer rescue remains a high point during high water June 28, 2014 Iowa, Sioux City Journal 
... floodwaters from the Little Sioux River trapped a fawn... Cherokee Parks Department employees, Jackie Stephen and Jacob Kindwall, headed to the rescue. They grabbed a canoe at Spring Lake Park and rowed 100 yards to the stranded animal...

Samples show no new cases of CWD in wild deer June 9, 2014 Iowa, Radio Iowa
...  a deer shot in Allamakee County remains the only positive case in the wild deer population...  “We think that the most likely scenario is that this is a deer that was probably in Wisconsin — or it could have been Illinois or Minnesota — and migrated over and showed up in Iowa...

No Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease June 3, 2014 Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
     A deer shot during the regular gun season in Allamakee County was the lone positive out of more than 4,000 samples collected from 2013/14 looking for the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa. That positive sample from a wild deer was the focus of three public meetings in April, where the DNR engaged Allamakee and Clayton County residents to work together to increase surveillance and the number of deer samples collected in a five mile radius from where the positive deer was harvested.
     “This additional surveillance, along with more than 1,100 deer sampled in the past 12 years in this immediate area, will help us to determine if CWD has spread to other deer. If no further cases are found in the next three years, we will go back to routine testing,” said Dr. Dale Garner, chief of Wildlife for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “If additional cases are found, we will work with the public to decide how to proceed.”
     Since 2002, the Iowa DNR has sampled nearly 51,000 wild deer and 3,500 captive deer and elk for CWD. A majority of samples came from 11 counties in northeast Iowa, which is the area closest to the CWD endemic areas in Wisconsin and Illinois, and Minnesota’s southeast containment area. The sampling effort also concentrated on three areas surrounding captive facilities that had animals test positive in Iowa in 2012 and the area north of where Missouri’s positive CWD deer have been found. 
No additional positive CWD results have been found in wild deer. The DNR is encouraging the public to report all road kill deer, and sick or severely emaciated deer found in the targeted area by calling 563-546-7962 or 563-380-3422.
     For more information contact Willie Suchy, Wildlife Research Supervisor, Wildlife Bureau, Iowa DNR, 515-281-8660.

... The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for the assistance of landowners and hunters in dealing with what they hope is an isolated case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) found in a wild deer shot in Allamakee County...

Official Says Sioux City Deer Population Dropping April 17, 2014 Iowa, ABC Kcrg 9 
... Officials say the number of deer in Sioux City is dropping, but it's unclear whether the city ban on feeding deer and other wildlife should be credited for the decline ...

...  although CWD was previously detected in the state, the prior cases were all found in captive deer “used as breeding stock or for some kind of shooting preserve.” [from IDNR]:  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting three public meetings within the next week in Allamakee and Clayton counties to update the public on chronic wasting disease and seek public input on partnering with hunters, taxidermists and meat processing lockers to increase surveillance on the area’s deer herd

Chronic wasting disease found in wild deer April 15, 2014 Iowa, Ottumwa Courier
... Since 2002, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has collected more than 50,000 samples of captive and wild deer in Iowa in an effort to look for cases of chronic wasting disease. On April 9, they confirmed an infected wild deer had been found in the Hawkeye State for the first time... 

... The first case of chronic wasting disease in a wild Iowa deer has been confirmed. The deer was reported as harvested in Allamakee County during the first shotgun season in early December. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is currently working to obtain as much information as possible about the infected deer to implement its CWD response plan... 

Chronic wasting disease detected in Northeast Iowa April 14, 2014 Iowa, Decorah Journal
... a mature male harvested near Harpers Ferry during the first shotgun season in early December 2013... no way to tell if the current case of CWD is linked to a previous Allamakee case involving a domestic elk...

First case of chronic wasting disease found in Iowa April 9, 2014 DesMoinesRegister.com
... The deer was reported as harvested in Allamakee County ... Prior to the positive detection in Iowa, chronic wasting disease had been detected in every bordering state... 

Lengthening winter stresses Iowa’s wildlife March 6, 2014 thegazette.com 
... DNR biologist Terry Haindfield said he performed necropsies on two dead deer that had red bone marrow – a sign of starvation... Malnourished does carrying twins involuntarily will direct all available nourishment to one fetus at the expense of the other ... Winter-weakened deer also become much more susceptible to predators such as family groups of coyotes ...

Deer hunting numbers fall March 5, 2014 Iowa, Mason City Globe Gazette
... 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 ... hunters purchased 359,956 licenses, nearly 18,500 fewer than in 2012...

Thousands attend Iowa Deer Classic March 3, 2014 KCCI 8 Des Moines
... Around 20,000 deer hunting enthusiasts were in Des Moines ... hunting numbers are trending downward from 400,000 to 350,000 ... the stress on deer from the winter will have a noticeable effect on next hunting season...

Shrinking deer herd costing the state March 1, 2014 Iowa, Des Moines Register
... Iowa was not the only state that reported a drop in numbers. With the drought and EHD issues the last two years, it created a perfect storm in the Midwest... 

Deer harvest numbers down in KMAland February 27, 2014 Iowa, KMAland
...  Dollison tells KMA News the latest numbers show a 14% decline in deer harvest numbers statewide this past hunting season--and an even deeper drop in southwest Iowa. He says deer numbers were down 20% in the six-county area Dollison covers...

So, where are the deer in Iowa? February 26, 2014 Iowa, Des Moines Register 
... Since 2003, the state has aggressively sought to reduce the deer population... “We intentionally reduced the herd. We were seeing too many accidents. But we’ve gone down too far,” said Sen. Dick Dearden, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee...

Science, not politics, should guide DNR February 23, 2014 Iowa, Des Moines Register 
...  a significant decline in the whitetail deer population the last few years in central Iowa... I was shocked to learn that by executive order the governor is now calling the shots relative to deer population management in Iowa. Apparently the governor is ignoring the DNR’s recommendation to reduce the number of anterless-only licenses in certain counties....

Deer Classic a tradition for sportsmen, modern deer management February 22, 2014 Iowa, Times-Republican 
...  good deer management objectives by trained professional biologists over many decades has been one of the reasons for a long run of top quality potential for trophy animals. A careful shaping of regulations to put doe and buck harvest numbers in the correct proportions for each county of Iowa is one key element of this success...

Iowa's deer harvest declines for eighth year in a row February 21, 2014 Iowa, Ottumwa Courier 
... 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,” ...

Deer Harvest Numbers Lowest Since Mid-90s February 19, 2014 Iowa, KCRG-TV9
... About ten years ago the department was tasked with reducing deer numbers in the state. The animals had been damaging crops and causing collisions on the road. Doe tags and extra seasons were offered to curtail numbers ...

Deer harvest declines for eighth straight year February 18, 2014 Iowa, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported Tuesday that the state's deer harvest declined for the eighth straight year in 2013.  Iowa's deer harvest dropped below 100,000 for the first time since the mid-1990s, as hunters reported taking 99.406 deer during the 2013 season. That marks a 14-percent decline from 2012 and a 34-percent decline from its high in 2006...

Iowa 2013 deer hunting numbers fell February 5, 2014 Iowa City Press Citizen
... 359,956 deer tags went over the counter, according to the Department of Natural Resources. That’s down 5 percent from last year and 11 percent from the 2008 peak... The reported harvest, 99,400 deer across all seasons, is down 14 percent from last year and is down 34 percent from Iowa’s 2006 peak. ...

... A decade-long effort to thin Iowa’s deer herd has been a success and state officials along with conservationists are now talking about changing hunting regulations to ensure current deer numbers are maintained... 

Ottumwa Deer Season Ends  January 27, 2014 Iowa, Ottumwa Post
... Over the last three years, deer harvest numbers for the city deer season has declined approximately 6.5% however; participation in the hunt has remained relatively the same. Looking at Iowa as a whole, deer harvest numbers are down significantly statewide ...

... The NRC voted to reject the petition because commission members said there was not enough evidence to show the bullets caused lead poisoning.  Cynthia Hansen,  the manager of the “Lead Is Poison Coalition” testified that people eating venison are at risk when a deer is shot with lead. ...

Change for next deer season in Iowa? January 24, 2014 KTIV 
 The deer population in Iowa has decreased this past year ... it's partly due to disease, a smaller deer population, and a 5% decline in tag sales...  a few sections of Iowa may see a decrease in the number of tags issued next season ...

Cedar Rapids bow hunt nabs more deer than a year ago January 23, 2014 Iowa, thegazette.com
... the city bow hunt shot 163 deer, the fewest number since the hunt began inside the Cedar Rapids city limits in the fall of 2005... The 5-percent increase in deer taken from last year comes in a year when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has estimated that the number of deer taken statewide will total about 100,000, a 15,000 drop from a year ago...

Elected officials can help with deer herds January 18, 2014 Iowa,  DesMoinesRegister.com 
.... Our legislators that have ties to high fence operations and special interests are putting our deer herds in danger. What can we do to get the conservation issues out of politicians’ hands and give it to the DNR, who know what they are talking about? ... We have already seen CWD issues at one of these high fence operations up at Clear Lake...

Deer harvest confirms reduced herd January 18, 2014 Iowa, Times-Republican 
...  most Iowa counties have been at a desired maintenance level for several years. Another fact in Iowa is that political meddling is messing with wildlife biologist's ability to set in place long term goals that are good for the resource. ...  Diseases are part of the mix and it is hard to gather data from dead deer that perish from these vectors. One factor to contend with is EHD or epizootic hemorrhagic disease...

The Recipe for Collapse January 10, 2014 Iowa, MidWestWhiteTail.com
...  In the 90s, local hunters didn't target bucks.  A doe was just fine.  There was very little "trophy" hunting.  However, as deer hunting became popular, more people wanted to shoot a big buck... The hunter numbers are way down in Iowa from their highs in 2006/2007.  People are giving up because the hunting has been declining in most areas...


 
Iowa Data:  In 2014 Iowa will issue 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.  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).
   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.  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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