Iowa Deer Population:  About 400,000 deer in 2014 through 2016, a downward trend since 2006, but about stable in 2015 after a mild winter and early spring and in 2016.  Herd analysis at right.  Historic Iowa deer harvest data and news archive.

Iowa Deer News

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


Moline vote on deer hunt misses target May 20, 2016 Iowa, Quad-Cities Times
... permits typically are not issued in relation to loss of ornamental vegetation... The city attorney wrote that the permit is "warranted to reduce the deer population," even though the DNR has not looked at deer population ...  statistics from the Moline Police Department show the number of collisions with deer was the lowest last year in four years...

Decorah, City will pursue deer management May 19, 2016 Iowa, Decorah Journal
... City Administrator Chad Bird explained although the DNR will eventually want to take an aerial deer population count, that would not be required before the first year’s program  ...

Iowa activist wants 'suicidal deer' sign removed May 1, 2016 DesMoinesRegister.com
...a deer crossing sign that warns about "suicidal deer."  ... she thinks the sign makes light of mental illness...

Iowa's Deer Seasons Approved for Public Comment April 20, 2016 Iowa Department of Natural Resources
... The proposal will be available for public comment through June 1, 2016. Written comments may be directed to the Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Dale Garner, Wildlife Bureau Chief, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by e-mail at Dale.Garner@dnr.iowa.gov; or by Fax at 515-725-8201. Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact Dr. Garner at 515-725-8494 or by visiting the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building during regular business hours.    www.iowadnr.gov/hunting.

Hearing set for proposed deer season April 20, 2016 Iowa, Radio Iowa
... we have a herd population that is stabilizing over a great part of the state... We still have parts of the state that have an abundance of deer, and the anterless quotas we have reflect that ... full proposal on the Iowa DNR’s website at: www.iowadnr.gov/hunting.

Mitchell County 'suicidal deer' sign to remain despite controversy March 22, 2016 Iowa, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
... Mitchell County’s sign warning motorists of “suicidal deer” on Highway 105 will remain in place for now.  The sign was placed by the Mitchell County Supervisors north of St. Ansgar with the hope motorists would notice the unusual wording and pay attention in high-traffic deer areas...

... The measure, HF 2279, is a simple five-page bill to repeal the state’s near total ban on National Firearms Act-compliant sound muffling devices. Currently ...exceptions are for devices “possessed and used by a person solely for the purpose of shooting a deer pursuant to an approved city special deer population control plan,” and for use in law enforcement...

... The sign reads “Suicidal Deer Next 2 Mi.” It is located just outside of St. Ansgar on Highway 105, just off of Sally Hertel’s property.  “I think it is a little insensitive,” ...
     Controversial Sign up in North Iowa March 11, 2016 Iowa, KAALtv.com
... It's a deer crossing sign like the small, North Iowa town has never seen before. The sign reads "Suicidal Deer". ... The Mitchell County Board of Supervisors got the idea for the sign on Facebook. A similar sign recently went up in a county in Illinois. ...

... the Iowa Deparment of Natural Resources charged him with hunting over bait ...  video evidence helped prove the deer was not drawn to the area by the mineral site and that the buck had no interest in it ...

Which bills died in the Iowa Statehouse? February 19, 2016 Iowa, Des Moines Registe
... The deer-baiting bill, Senate File 2133, would have allowed hunters to shoot deer on private property baited with grain, fruit, vegetables, salt, mineral blocks and certain other food ... the bill's opponents contend that baiting deer is unsportsmanlike...

2 wild deer test positive for chronic wasting disease in Allamakee February 19, 2016 Iowa, Spencer Daily Reporter 
... CWD is a neurological disease affecting primarily deer and elk. It is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion that attacks the brains of infected animals ...
     Deer test positive for CWD February 17, 2016 Iowa, Globe Gazette
... Two wild deer harvested in Allamakee County ... the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer, all in Allamakee County... CWD had been previously detected in every bordering state ...

Trail cam left for 10 days in Audubon County wooded location. Edited. February 11, 2016


Two deer shot in Allamakee County test positive for CWD February 5, 2016 Iowa, Radio Iowa 
... these two year were in the same general vicinity that the infected deer have been found in the last two years... hen we have as many deer as we have in Wisconsin….that have tested positive for CWD, I think it’s not a huge leap to think that some of them have probably cross the river ...

Ottumwa, Harvest totals for Ottumwa deer season released February 4, 2016 Iowa, KCCI 8 Des Moines 
... The Ottumwa city deer hunting program began in 2005 in an effort to reduce the local deer population. The program has resulted in a total of 778 deer harvested ...

Dubuque pet deer-ly missed January 30, 2016 Iowa, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
...The mysterious white stag spotted around Dubuque in recent days is actually a family pet, and his owner wants to bring him home... Though the deer is white, it doesn't have albinism, according to Behnke. It is a specially bred white-tailed deer ...[picture from Behnke family]

Wildlife benefits from cold's late start January 17, 2016 Iowa, Telegraph Herald
... animals have had much better access to food this year than usual, as there hasn't been hard, ice-crusted snow on the ground.  "The deer can paw down into the alfalfa ...

Another wolf-like animal shot in Iowa sent in for DNA testing January 15, 2016 Iowa, Mason City Globe Gazette
... The 103-pound animal shot by a late-season muzzle-loader deer hunter on Dec. 28 or 29 in Van Buren County has been sent in for DNA testing ... 

Galena hopes helicopter will target deer problem December 30, 2015 Iowa, Telegraph Herald
... The helicopter count would cost $1,500 ... the association has been conducting helicopter counts of the deer population annually since 1992 ...

Man sentenced in illegal deer hunt December 24, 2015 Iowa, KCCI 8 Des Moines
...  two 30-day prison terms in connection to the illegal hunting of a whitetail buck deer ...

Late muzzleloader deer season open through Jan. 10 December 23, 2015 Iowa, Daily Iowegian 
... Hunters have reported harvesting nearly 92,000 deer so far this year, which is similar to the harvest last year...

... The Decorah Police Department has compiled figures on vehicle/deer accidents over the last six years:  2010 – 47;  2011 – 48;  2012 – 49;  2013 – 46;  2014 – 36;  
2015 – 36

3 Iowans facing deer-hunting charges December 18, 2015 Iowa, Omaha World-Herald
... including shooting a pistol over a public roadway, reckless use of a firearm, violating a one-way traffic designation and stopping, standing and parking on an Interstate right of way...

... they’ll take samples throughout the deer season. “Collecting about 4,000 samples for CWD across the state. We’ll be emphasizing northeast Iowa ...

Do Iowa's deer laws victimize hunters? December 8, 2015 Iowa, Des Moines Register
... efforts are being spurred by Joe Franz, a longtime hunter who is fighting charges that illegal bait helped him kill a trophy whitetail buck on his Marion County farm last year... State Sen. Brad Zaun, an Urbandale businessman, called the current state of the law an "injustice" for hunters ...

Deer baiting and feeding to be banned in three counties December 4, 2015 Iowa, The Northwoods River News
... Deer baiting and feeding will be a thing of the past in Vilas, Oneida and Forest Counties, according to DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz, after a captive deer in Oneida County tested positive for CWD. The deer came from the Three Lakes Trophy Ranch, LLC  ...

CWD-positive white-tailed deer found on Oneida County hunting preserve December 3, 2015 Iowa, The Northwoods River News
... A white-tailed deer on an Oneida County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...

Deer harvest numbers up across state December 1, 2015 Iowa, Lincoln Journal Star
...  in Iowa, where hunters reported taking 27,300 deer so far in the 2015 hunting season, up nearly 4,000 over numbers reported in 2013 and 2014 ...

Chronic wasting has not spread to livestock December 1, 2015 Iowa, Newton Daily News
... Four positive CWD results in the state’s wild herd have been detected — all in Allamakee County — the first in 2013.  The Iowa DNR’s wildlife staff will be collecting tissue samples during Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons to test for the presence of CWD ...

Farmer, DNR square off over prize antlers November 28, 2015 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... A district court judge in October threw out a simple misdemeanor charge tied to the kill that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources had brought against Clark. But a county prosecutor is still fighting for the state to keep the antlers, worth up to $20,000, by using Iowa's controversial civil asset forfeiture laws...

Sioux City, Certain plants, fencing and repellants can keep deer out of yards, gardens November 26, 2015 Iowa, Sioux City Journal
... The feeding ban seems to be helping control the deer population, which is on the decline in Sioux City, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR conducts an overnight count in the same area of Woodbury County each year. Twenty-eight deer were seen in 2014, down from 47 counted in 2012...

Deer Harvest Running Ahead of Previous Years November 24, 2015 Iowa Department of Natural Resources
... Hunters have reported harvesting more than 27,300 deer so far into the 2015 season, which is nearly 4,000 more than was reported in 2013 and 2014 over the same time period...

... ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution to the Iowa Division of Natural Resources, pay a $3,000 fine, and pay for the costs associated with having court-appointed counsel...

Iowa’s 2015 Shotgun Deer Season Preview November 19, 2015 KIWA-FM 105.3
...Iowa’s overall deer harvest across all seasons last year was 101,569…down 39 percent from the peak and the 2015 harvest should be similar... Expect about 75,000 hunters across Iowa in the first shotgun season, December 5-9, and then another 50,000 head out December 12-20 ...

... veterinarians and animal health technicians euthanized 228 deer ...

...  effort will concentrate in Allamakee County after four wild deer tested positive for CWD, and on portions of northeast and eastern Iowa near Wisconsin and Illinois, south-central Iowa near Missouri, as well as in Pottawattamie, Cerro Gordo and Buchanan counties ...

...While the risk that escaped elk can introduce chronic wasting disease or tuberculosis to wild deer might be small, the consequences are enormous and represent a risk that should be avoided ...

...by about 1900 the Iowa deer had disappeared... deer herds rebounded to about 10,000 in Iowa by 1953, when the first legal harvest in the 20th century was held in the state...

... Iowa hunter Joe Franz, 55, catapulted into outdoor Internet fame after killing a 261-inch whitetail—purportedly the largest fair-chase whitetail ever killed on video ...in late October the Iowa DNR charged Franz with four counts of illegally hunting over bait ...

Deer hunters must register their animals October 31, 2015 Iowa, Times-Republican
... late October and the first two weeks of November, called the rut. It is the biological response of deer to shortening day length and the urge to find mates and reproduce... The further north deer live in North America, the shorter the time frame for breeding...  By midnight of the next day after a deer is killed, the hunter needs to ... register the deer...

Some areas of Davenport parks open to urban hunting October 29, 2015 Iowa, Quad City Times
... The city of Davenport has created a special antlerless deer management program for the purpose of controlling the deer population. This program, which has been in place for over 10 years ...

Hunter charged with illegally bagging trophy buck October 28, 2015 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... An Iowa sportsman who earned national attention for a trophy whitetail deer he shot on a rural Marion County farm is fighting accusations that he illegally used bait... could face a $195 fine on each charge ...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Iowa October 21, 2015 Game & Fish
... Deer numbers are stabilizing, and Iowa’s wild deer herd is reaching goals set by the Iowa DNR to numbers reflective of those the mid 1990s. “Overall lower deer numbers mostly affect doe numbers ...Hunting pressure has a more direct effect on buck quality.”Last year we reported the first confirmed case of CWD in the Iowa wild deer herd.

Early muzzleloader season begins Saturday October 17, 2015 Iowa, Kmaland
... "The deer numbers statewide are fairly stable," Suchy said. "Southern Iowa has pretty good numbers of deer. In southwest Iowa over along the river there is still a little bit of loss from the big floods a few years ago ...

Car vs. deer accidents on the rise October 17, 2015 Iowa, Community Newspaper Group
...  the risk of motor vehicle vs. deer accidents are greater during this time of year due to the fall harvest and deer rut. Please use caution and be alert for deer during travels, especially from 6 to 9 p.m., when the deer are most active ...

Moose spotted near Milford October 13, 2015 Iowa, Dickinson County News
... A moose, the largest of the deer species, has been spotted in southwest Dickinson County over the last few weeks.  The moose was first seen in Osceola County and made his way to the Little Sioux River west of Milford two weeks ago...

... A meeting to update residents on the latest news regarding chronic wasting disease (CWD) and to coordinate assistance from area hunters in collecting samples has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13th at the Davis County Courthouse in Bloomfield.  A detection of CWD in 2012 at a former hunting preserve known as Pine Ridge Hunting Lodge has heightened the importance of collecting the information needed to develop strategies to try and stop the spread of the disease. 
     The need for increased surveillance of the disease in the immediate area has taken on an even greater urgency in recent weeks as sections of the fence at the former hunting preserve have been removed after the state lost an injunction to enforce a quarantine that DNR had previously issued and that is the subject of the ongoing court case. The case is presently before the Iowa Supreme Court...

DNR collecting deer tissue samples to test for disease September 29, 2015 Iowa, Clinton Herald
... The samples will be analyzed to determine if Chronic Wasting Disease is expanding from its known ranges or has been brought into any new regions...

Iowa deer hunting opens this week September 27, 2015 Telegraph Herald 
... An expected 50,000 hunters ... The herd is in excellent condition statewide following the mild winter and early spring and the population is about where we want it...

... suspended for one year after the remains of more than 100 deer and other animals were found in their possession... a $20 fine, plus court costs on all 111 counts, or $507 in court costs per person ...

Iowa drivers now more likely to hit deer September 15, 2015 KCCI 8 Des Moines
... State Farm reports the odds drivers will hit a deer in Iowa are now 1 in 68, compared to the national odds of 1 in 169 ...

Iowa Deer Forecast for 2015 September 1, 2015 Game & Fish
... “Overall deer numbers are stable,” ... the number of deer harvested increased by 113 percent from 1995 to 2005 and decreased by 33 percent from 2006 to 2014...

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 ... 

 Iowa Data:  About 400,000 deer in 2014 through 2016, a downward trend since 2006, but about stable in 2015 after a mild winter and early spring and in 2016.  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 the license numbers for 2015 and 2016.   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 was about 33 percent below the 2009 population.  The 2014 harvest was 39 percent below peak.
   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.  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."
 
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