Iowa Deer News

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? Januar 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...

... this year’s late shotgun and muzzleloader seasons have seen a 7 to 10-percent decline in the number of licenses issued. DNR state deer biologist, Willie Suchy attributes part of the drop in licenses to declining deer populations....

...  For the ancient Celts, the white hart was a harbinger of doom, a living symbol that some taboo has been transgressed or a moral law broken. To come across a white hart was to realise that some terrible evil or judgment was imminent....

Rare albino deer poached near Prairie City December 20, 2013 Iowa, Des Moines Register 
... “We’ve been watching the white deer for about five or six years now,” ... “The kids would come running in the house and talk about seeing him on the way home,” ... Watching the albino deer from afar had been a favorite activity ...  someone has sawed off the antlers ...  In 1987, Iowa made it illegal to kill white deer... The DNR .. fined him for his mistake – $127.50 ...

Fatal deer disease closing in on Iowa December 18, 2013 Iowa, KWWL.com
...  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced this week it discovered a second deer in Grant County from outside the current chronic wasting disease management zone that tested positive for the disease. Grant County shares the Mississippi River as a border with Iowa....

Second shotgun deer season begins Saturday December 13, 2013 Iowa, Newton Daily News
... Sales of licenses declined 7 percent from 2012 and the reported harvest is 18 percent lower. The decrease reflects decreased deer numbers across the state as well as fewer licenses being issued, continuing the downward trend in harvest since its peak in 2006...

Fairfield to host In-City Deer Hunt trials December 12, 2013 Iowa, ottumwacourier.com
... The city of Fairfield will be allowing a trial in city deer hunting over a two-weekend stretch... There are three small area within the city limits to hunt ...

DNR continue surveillance for chronic wasting disease December 9, 2013 Iowa, oskaloosa.com 
... Since 2002, more than 47,000 wild deer in Iowa have been tested, with no positive CWD result in the wild herd detected to date. “We are hopeful CWD has not spread into Iowa’s deer herd...

...  “For that first shotgun season that started on Saturday, we had sold 52,527.  That’s around 8,000 less tags than we sold a year ago,” according to Baskins...

... DNR has historically focused its sampling efforts heaviest in northeast Iowa, after Wisconsin and Illinois yielded positive cases in recent years. After the positive findings in captive herds in 2012, DNR focused additional testing in those counties ...

Deer population decline continues December 6, 2013 Iowa, KMAland
... in KMAland....  spotlight surveys in his region indicate the downward trend of deer herds over the past five years continues.  "Our goal is to get the herds over the mid-'90's, 1995 level," ...

Supreme Court upholds Iowa hunting laws December 6, 2013 Houston Chronicle
...  ruling that just because someone owns land in Iowa it doesn't mean they have a right to hunt on it.  Three men who own land in Monroe County but have permanent homes in other states challenged Iowa's hunting laws as unconstitutional claiming they discriminate against nonresident landowners...

Iowa’s shotgun deer season preview December 6, 2013 Creston News Advertiser 
...  unknown ... is the effect of Epizootic Hemorrhaging Disease (EHD). Landowners and early hunters report finding more than 1,000 deer carcasses, possible victims of EHD. More will turn up ... The Iowa Conservation Commission spent several years ironing out whether to offer hunting as a deer control tool in certain areas or to provide sustained hunting. Over the years, the Commission and its successor, the Department of Natural Resources basically follows both courses. ..

... A wandering moose is continuing a journey through Iowa and one witness made the latest sighting just east of Cedar Rapids on Thursday... moose typically live in far northern parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. But an occasional sighting in Iowa happens once every five or six years...

Iowa deer hunters face cold but promising opener December 5, 2013 Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
... Like many other wildlife species, deer were pretty well wiped out by European settlement and overhunting by 1900... more than a decade of controversy before the first season was approved across 45 counties in 1953. With a herd estimated at 12,000-15,000 statewide ...  about 140,000 shotgun deer season hunters head to the woods ...

Iowa Deer Hunt December 4, 2013 Globe Gazette
... they are reporting seeing many fewer deer. The number of licenses sold and the number of deer taken are similar to last year, but lower than its peak in 2006...

Shotgun deer season begins Saturday December 2, 2013 Iowa, Radio Iowa ·
... . “In 2012 the shotgun hunters had 35-40-percent success and archery was right around 25, in that neighborhood  ... 

...  The City of Fairfield will be allowing a trial in city deer hunt on two weekends...   Six hunters will be chosen to hunt the first weekend, and another six hunters will be selected ... 

Firefighters rescue deer on Clear Lake November 27, 2013 Iowa, Mason City Globe Gazette
... a buck and a yearling who couldn't get enough traction to get off the icy lake... The larger of the two deer, a buck, was treated and released into the wild. The yearling was put down due to the injuries it sustained trying to cross the lake...

... All deer taken must be reported ... the online harvest reporting is the easiest way to register the deer. Hunters can report their deer online at www.iowadnr.gov, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor...

Deer harvest strong in Iowa so far November 20, 2013 Mason City Globe Gazette
... The number of licenses sold and the number of deer taken are similar to last year, but lower than its peak in 2006... As of Tuesday morning, more than 20,000 deer have been reported through the harvest reporting system ...

Deer hunters having another good season November 15, 2013 Iowa, Ottumwa Courier 
... The number of licenses sold and the number of deer taken are similar to last year, but lower than its peak in 2006 ... Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) has been reported in Iowa again this fall but at a lower level than in 2012...

Early deer season numbers comparable to last year November 14, 2013 Iowa, Radio Iowa 
... The state worked to lower deer numbers when the numbers got to a point that were thought to be too high... “and there’s some concern from hunters about not enough deer, and there’s some concern from land owners about too many. So, maybe that’s kind of that balance we always look for.” ... DNR wildlife research supervisor, Willie Suchy ...



Search for news and information by keyword above or find links to state news stories organized by topic.

 
Iowa Data: 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).  After the deer herd was virtually wiped out around 1900 from over hunting, deer hunting was suspended.   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.
 
Turn In Poachers (TIP):   (800) 532-2020

Other useful links:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Mission IOWA Department of Natural Resources To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for Iowans and ensure a legacy for future generations from Iowa Department of Natural Resources - About Us

Tweet on this timeline using #Iowa #deer

Tweets about Iowa Deer



Department of Natural Resources News


Tweets about Iowa DNR


Iowa Whitetail Deer