DNR Alerting Hunters About Upcoming Deer Hunting Season Changes
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa deer tags are flying off the shelves at area outdoors stores. Deer tags for various seasons went on sale Wednesday morning ahead of the approaching muzzleloader season in October. The Department of Natural Resources expects all 7,500 muzzleloader tags to be gone within a few days.
In an effort to control the deer population the DNR has added a couple new rules this year. The first change limits hunters from buying up tags to participle in multiple seasons.
"(The) muzzleloader demand has been driven by December shotgun season hunters opting for both seasons. Since 2006, you could purchase a high demand ‘any deer’ early muzzleloader tag…and still be eligible for an ‘antlerless’ shotgun tag. You still could hunt both seasons and, with shotgun season party hunting, even take a buck if another party member was available to legally tag it," the DNR said in a new release posted to their website this week.
Another change will effect the number of county-specific antlerless tags available. The overall quota has been lowered by about 13,000. In some counties that's a drop of several hundred tags. In Johnson County the quota has now been set at 1,400, where in past years it was around 2 thousand.
"The (deer) numbers have been lowered to the point where they want to start pulling back some of those tags now," said Clint Hartsock, a manager in the hunting department at Fin and Feather in Iowa City.
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