Iowa Population and Management Archive - Iowa Page

View the archive by scrolling through the window below or Load the Archive Document. Historic deer hunt data is below the Archive window on the left column with links to sources. A list of all articles in the Archive is below the window.

Iowa Deer Population and Management Archive

Annual Reported Deer Kill

DNR Wildlife Data

1953: 4,000

1954: 2,423

1955: 3,064

1956: 2,678

1957: 2,805

1958: 2,891

1959: 2,731

1960: 4,269

1961: 5,364

1962: 5,703

1963: 7,151

1964: 9,694

1965: 8,620

1966: 11,321

1967: 11,183

1968: 13,771

1969: 11,582

1970: 13,780

1971: 11,691

1972: 11,813

1973: 14,030

1974: 17,990

1975: 21,167

1976: 16,607

1977: 15,188

1978: 18,125

1979: 19,454

1980: 22,660

1981: 25,946

1982: 26,461

1983: 35,619

1984: 39,355

1985: 44,219

1986: 62,702

1987: 75,758

1988: 93.756

1989: 99,712

1990: 98,002

1991: 83,635

1992: 77,684

1993: 76,430

1994: 87,123

1995: 97,256

1996: 107.632

1997: 118,404

1998: 112,608

1999: 121,635

2000: 126,535

2001: 136,655

2002: 140,490

2003: 182,856

2004: 194,512

2005: 211,451

2006: 150,552

2007: 146,215

2008: 142,194

2009: 136,500

2010: 127,094

2011: 121,407

2012: 115,606

2013: 99,400

2014: 101,595

2015: 105,401

2016: 101,397

2017: 105,544

2018: 107,857

2019: 99,999



DNR Wildlife Data


Detailed 2009 Review of Deer Hunting


2021

Changes proposed for deer harvest limits in several counties February 12, 2021 Iowa

Fawning season is here, deer are on the move June 8, 2021 Iowa,

2020

Iowa hunters harvest nearly 95,000 deer from the 2019-20 seasons February 11, 2020

Iowa’s archery deer hunting season begins Oct. 1 September 29, 2020

2019

Bill would make atlatl a legal deer hunting weapon in Iowa February 1, 2019

Fawning season is here, deer are on the move May 28, 2019 Iowa

For Iowa’s deer hunters, the wait is nearly over, shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 7 November 19, 2019 Iowa

Iowa DNR holds informational meeting for Wayne County residents for an update on the diseases dropping deer across the state September 17, 2019

Prime time arrives for Iowa deer hunters October 31, 2019 Nevada

The state of wildlife April 24, 2019 Iowa

Using spotlight observations to predict resource selection and abundance for white‐tailed deer 2019, Iowa.

2018

2017 Iowa deer harvest surpasses 2016 totals January 16, 2018

Continue to move toward stabalized deer numbers February 3, 2018 Iowa

Dedicated group of bowhunters provide high quality data to Iowa DNR October 2, 2018

Iowa deer hunters fight DNR's proposed rule changes May 9, 2018

Iowa DNR accepting comments on proposed increase to hunting, fishing licenses and fees August 2, 2018

Iowa DNR says deer can’t be rescued this year June 1, 2018

Iowa's Ungulate History December 21, 2018

Iowa’s 2018 shotgun deer season quickly approaching November 20, 2018

Survival, space use, and radio telemetry accuracy of white-tailed deer fawns in central Iowa P Mcgovern - 2018 Iowa

2017

2016 Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 100,000 February 28, 2017

Full house on hand for meeting on chronic wasting disease February 15, 2017 Iowa

Iowa DNR issues statement on Iowa Supreme Court Ruling June 16, 2017 Iowa

Lead in venison May 3, 2017 Iowa

Mountain lion caught on camera in northwest Iowa September 8, 2017 Iowa

Try lead-free ammo this deer season, Iowa conservation officers advise November 24, 2017 Iowa

2016

A preview of Iowa's 2016 shotgun deer season December 1, 2016

Another wolf-like animal shot in Iowa sent in for DNA testing January 15, 2016 Iowa

Hunting with lead ammunition kills eagles December 28, 2016 Iowa

Shotgun deer season just around the corner November 30, 2016 Iowa

Which bills died in the Iowa Statehouse? February 19, 2016 Iowa

Wildlife benefits from cold's late start January 17, 2016 Iowa

2015

2014 Iowa Deer Harvest Totals January 12, 2015

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Iowa October 21, 2015

Alabama man sentenced for assisting illegal guided deer hunts in Iowa November 20, 2015

Atlantic, Rural men cited in deer remains case January 19, 2015 Iowa

Clues in roadside trash lead to 111 deer discovery January 5, 2015 Iowa

Deer harvest similar to 2013 January 2, 2015 Iowa,

Deer hunters wrap up 2014-15 season January 11, 2015 Iowa

Deer hunting had $297M economic impact in 2014 February 21, 2015 Iowa

Early muzzleloader season begins Saturday October 17, 2015 Iowa

Farmed Deer Will Be Taxed in Iowa June 11, 2015

House panel rejects bill on crossbow use for Iowa children January 29, 2015 Iowa

Iowa Deer Harvest Similar To 2013 January 8, 2015

Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 101,000 January 14, 2014

Iowa deer harvest up slightly January 16, 2015

Iowa deer hunting opens this week September 27, 2015

Iowa's Abundant White-Tailed Deer and How They Came Back from Near Extinction November 9, 2015

Iowa’s 2015 Shotgun Deer Season Preview November 19, 2015

Managing Iowa's deer: Weighing safety and sport June 14, 2015

owa Deer Forecast for 2015 September 1, 2015

Slight increase seen in Iowa deer harvest in 2014 January 28, 2015 Iowa

Tax Break Revoked for Deer Raised for Hunting Preserves June 5, 2015 Iowa

2014

Change for next deer season in Iowa? January 24, 2014

Deer harvest confirms reduced herd January 18, 2014 Iowa

Deer harvest declines for eighth straight year February 18, 2014 Iowa

Deer harvest numbers down in KMAland February 27, 2014 Iowa

Deer Harvest Numbers Lowest Since Mid-90s February 19, 2014 Iowa

Deer Harvest up 19 Percent over 2013; Better Weather Likely the Reason December 9, 2014 Iowa,

Deer hunting numbers fall March 5, 2014 Iowa

Deer numbers down, but plenty still available as shotgun season opens December 5, 2014 Iowa

Deer poaching in Iowa 'alarming' December 15, 2014 Iowa

DNR following reported cougar sighting October 22, 2014 Iowa

DNR moves to slow deer herd reduction September 9, 2014 Iowa

DNR plans to cut number of deer licenses as herd thins September 11, 2014 Iowa

DNR releases 2014-15 hunting seasons July 31, 2014 Iowa

Elected officials can help with deer herds January 18, 2014 Iowa

Group sought ban on deer shot with lead in the HUSH program January 24, 2014 Iowa

Harsh fall could mean more big bucks for gun hunters November 27, 2014 Iowa,

Hot Commodity: Iowa Deer Tags Coveted By Non-Residents October 1, 2014

Hunters seeing similar deer numbers to last year November 19, 2014 Iowa

Iowa 2013 deer hunting numbers fell February 5, 2014

Iowa Conservation Alliance: it’s time to think about deer maintenance February 3, 2014

Iowa deer farm exposes dangers of CWD October 12, 2014

Iowa deer hunters on near record pace November 19, 2014

Iowa Deer Hunting Forecast for 2014 October 1, 2014 Iowa

Iowa DNR makes deer hunting changes November 6, 2014

Iowa DNR reduces number of antlerless deer licenses September 19, 2014

Iowa's 2014 shot gun deer season preview December 3, 2014 Iowa

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

Iowa’s 2014 Shotgun Deer Season Preview November 25, 2014

Lengthening winter stresses Iowa’s wildlife March 6, 2014

Ottumwa Deer Season Ends January 27, 2014 Iowa

Science, not politics, should guide DNR February 23, 2014 Iowa

Shotgun deer hunters find early success with good weather December 10, 2014 Iowa

Shrinking deer herd costing the state March 1, 2014 Iowa

So, where are the deer in Iowa? February 26, 2014 Iowa

The Recipe for Collapse January 10, 2014 Iowa

The Wildlife Report, declining deer population November 8, 2014 Iowa

Thousands attend Iowa Deer Classic March 3, 2014

Wildlife Refuges to Close for Deer Hunts October 15, 2014 Iowa

Youth hunting numbers continue to drop off in Iowa October 25, 2014 Iowa

2013

Bill Would require Double-Fencing At Deer Farms January 30, 2013 Iowa

Busting The Poacher King: How authorities nabbed a master game thief September 2, 2013 Iowa

Deer harvest declines for 7th straight year January 29, 2013 Iowa

Deer herd perception depends on point of view September 24, 2013 Iowa

Deer Hunters Having A Good Season, Says Iowa DNR November 12, 2013 Iowa

Deer hunters having another good season November 15, 2013 Iowa

Deer hunters preparing early for approaching fall season September 20, 2013 Iowa

Deer population decline continues December 6, 2013 Iowa

DNR Conducting Annual Spotlight Deer Survey May 1, 2013 Iowa

DNR conducting annual spotlight deer survey May 4, 2013 Iowa

Early deer season numbers comparable to last year November 14, 2013 Iowa

Fewer deer licenses sold for the first shotgun season December 9, 2013 Iowa

G&F Forecast: Great Places for Iowa Deer Hunting in 2013 October, 2013

Harder Deer Season Ahead for SE IA Hunters September 12, 2013 Iowa

Hunters Reported 5,800 Fewer Deer Harvested in 2012 January 29, 2013 Iowa

Iowa Deer Hunters Demand New Regulations on Deer Confinement January 19, 2013

Iowa Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast October 4, 2013

Iowa DNR Considering Changes To Hunting Seasons May 3, 2013

Iowa Herd Status October 16, 2013

Iowa House OKs crossbow deer hunting for residents March 27, 2013 Iowa

Iowa’s shotgun deer season preview December 6, 2013

Number of licenses sold for later deer seasons is down December 27, 2013 Iowa

Shotgun deer season begins Saturday December 2, 2013 Iowa

Supreme Court upholds Iowa hunting laws December 6, 2013

The State of Deer in Iowa August 20, 2013

Three Plead Guilty in Southern Iowa Deer Poaching Case September 24, 2013

Two area hunting guides plead guilty to Iowa deer violations May 2, 2013 Iowa

2012

Deer Management Suffers March 23, 2012 Iowa

Deer population difficult to balance January 21, 2012 Iowa

DNR asks for help in catching poachers October 31, 2012 Iowa

Fewer anterless licenses available as deer numbers are down August 16, 2012

Fewer antlerless deer licenses available August 17, 2012 Iowa

Iowa Deer Harvest Nears 60,000 With Second Shotgun Season Beginning December 5, 2012

Iowa Deer Harvest Smaller January 17, 2012

Iowa Deer Numbers, Deer Hunting Licenses on Sale Aug 15 August 14, 2012 Iowa

Iowa deer population: a topic that stirs hunters, farmers January 22, 2012

Iowa's archery deer hunting season open October 1, 2012

Iowans voice need for fewer deer tags March 7, 2012 Iowa

Iowa’s Deer, decling: Time To Take Action January 26, 2012

Late season hunters like the cold weather December 20, 2012 Iowa

Most Iowa hunters will see fewer deer this season November 29, 2012

Number of deer taken statewide is down 4.5% February 22, 2012 Iowa

Reduced doe quotas among proposed hunting rule changes March 1, 2012 Iowa

Warm Weather/Low Numbers For Deer Season November 30, 2012 Iowa

Wildlife officials battle poaching October 28, 2012 Iowa

2011

Bidders Take Aim at Iowa Deer Tag - Daniel Schmidt's Whitetail ... July 19, 2011, Iowa

Can you feed deer on private property? June 23, 2011 Iowa

Deer 'thrill killings' traced to teens November 18, 2011 Iowa

Deer like acorns that come from white oaks September 24, 2011 Iowa

DNR says Iowa deer harvest is down December 21, 2011

Elk Killed to Protect Iowa Deer December 9, 2011 Iowa

Feeding deer to protect trees, [Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,Iowa] December 2, 2011

Hunters seeing fewer deer, Second shotgun deer season opens December 10, 2011 Iowa

Iowa to issue same number of deer licenses despite complaints by some hunters ... June 13, 2011

Iowa's First Shotgun Deer Season Begins Saturday November 29, 2011

Should Iowa change its deer hunting quotas? June 14, 2011

The DNR wants to cut back doe hunting in some parts of the state - like here September 24, 2011 Iowa

A history of Iowa's deer population September 15, 2010

Hunters Harvest 108000 Iowa Deer, population down December 28, 2010

Iowa Deer Population Estimates 1940 to 1968

Iowa Population Estimate September 30, 2017 Nebraska

Status and Management of the White-tailed Deer in Iowa, 1954-1962

Where have all the deer gone? February 17, 2017 Iowa