Iowa Deer News

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 deer harvest similar to 2013 December 24, 2014 Iowa, Globe Gazette
... hunters are on pace to harvest an estimated 100,000 deer, which would be similar to 2013... doe harvest is down 1 percent which is the result of regulations changes...

Deer harvest [shotgun season] up by 19 percent over 2013 December 17, 2014 Iowa, Mason City Globe Gazette
... If the harvest trend continues, the first season shotgun harvest would be around 37,000 deer, which is similar to 2012...

... “We’ve had a couple of positives now, one in a wild herd and a couple in captive situations ... The one positive in the wild population came in Allamakee County in 2013...

Deer poaching in Iowa 'alarming' December 15, 2014 Iowa, Des Moines Register 
...  it's alarming how many deer are killed illegally in Iowa.' ... Over the course of the five-day hunt, agents saw six bucks killed. Five were tagged with Iowa resident tags issued to people who weren't part of the hunting party, according to the warrant...  Southeast Iowa Outfitters ...

Owner of Southeast Iowa Outfitters Arrested, 11 Hunters Charged December 11, 2014 Iowa, ottumwaeveningpost.com
... In addition to the criminal charges the Iowa DNR is seeking liquidated damages in the amount of $120,000 against Brenton Clark for deer that were illegally taken at Southeast Iowa Outfitters in 2012 and 2013...

Shotgun deer hunters find early success with good weather December 10, 2014 Iowa, Radio Iowa 
... the first season’s harvest will be around 37,000 deer. “We’re similar to where we were in 2011-2012,” Suchy said. “We’re down substantially from the peak in 2006. Deer numbers are down.” ...

... So far, hunters reported harvesting 18 percent more bucks and 7 percent more does than 2013, while purchasing 3,000 few licenses... 

Hunters harvest 19 percent more deer so far this season December 9, 2014 Iowa, KCCI 8 Des Moines
... DNR officials said the warmer weather is helping...

... Four or five firefighters went into the water, using specially designed survival suits, to save the deer. They were able to break the ice to create a path to shore ...

... the number of deer taken each year has dropped 33-percent since 2006 ... The state had increased the number of licenses for does or female deer when they wanted to trim the herd, and now have cut antlerless tag quotas in 72 counties...

Iowa's 2014 shot gun deer season preview December 3, 2014 Iowa, Globe Gazette 
... With a 33 percent drop in harvest numbers since 2006, Iowa’s Natural Resource Commission this summer approved a reduction in antlerless tag quotas in 72 counties. The remaining 27 north central and northwest counties have no county antlerless tags ... The deer herd is now at mid-1990s target levels ...

Harsh fall could mean more big bucks for gun hunters November 27, 2014 Iowa, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier 
... With a 33 percent drop in harvest numbers since 2006, Iowa’s Natural Resource Commission this summer approved a reduction in antlerless tag quotas in 72 counties. The remaining 27 north central and northwest counties have no county antlerless tags ...

Iowa’s 2014 Shotgun Deer Season Preview November 25, 2014 KIWA-FM 105.3
... Expect about 75,000 hunters across Iowa in the first shotgun season, December 6-10, and then another 50,000 head out December 13-21, during the second gun season... A decade ago, state lawmakers instructed the DNR to reduce the deer population ... 

... Last year, hunters in Iowa killed fewer than 100,000 deer for the first time since the mid-1990s... The number of deer killed by hunters in Iowa has declined for eight consecutive years ...

Iowa deer hunters on near record pace November 19, 2014 KMAland
... Last year, hunters in Iowa killed fewer than 100,000 deer for the first time since the mid-1990s... The number of deer killed by hunters in Iowa has declined for eight consecutive years ... Only bow hunting of deer is allowed right now ...

Hunters seeing similar deer numbers to last year November 19, 2014 Iowa, KMAland
... “The rut is going strong and will continue for the next week to 10 days,”  ... The reported number of bucks taken has increased 1,000 while the reported doe harvest is down 1,000 ...

The Wildlife Report, declining deer population November 8, 2014 Iowa, Pilot Tribune
... Deer numbers are down from the past, but seemingly stable...  This year, the shotgun seasons will be bucks only, in response to the numbers going down ... We won't have the numbers we has five to 10 years ago ...

... The internet has spawned various conspiracy theories about the DNR ... one that’s been around for awhile is that the mountain lions were introduced to help deal with an overabundant deer herd. Evelsizer says that’s as untrue as many of the other internet rumors...

Iowa DNR makes deer hunting changes November 6, 2014 Clinton Herald
... After several years of a concentrated effort to reduce the size of Iowa’s deer herd, management efforts are shifting toward stabilizing the population. While there may be areas where populations are still high, these rules are designed to reduce the rate of decline in deer numbers in counties where deer populations have been reduced to levels that were agreed to in 2009 by the Deer Study Advisory Group (DSAG)...

Couple shares experience involving deer diseas, CWD November 2, 2014 Iowa, The Miami Herald
... In July 2012, a buck harvested the preceding December at the couple's hunting preserve in Davis County in southern Iowa tested positive for CWD (chronic wasting disease) ... All 356 deer were killed in August (2014) with 284, or 79 percent, testing positive for CWD... she questions why Iowa's CWD response plan wasn't followed...

Youth hunting numbers continue to drop off in Iowa October 25, 2014 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... The number of hunting licenses issued in the United States has been fairly stagnant since about 2000, ranging from 14.5 million to 15 million annually... area experts say they see fewer young people starting to hunt and expect overall participation to fall in the years ahead...

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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ConnectTriStates.com 
... 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 Data:  About 400,000 deer 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.  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.
   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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