Okoboji, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff will provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations, and address other topics as requested.
Todd Bishop, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Wildlife Bureau says that the DNR wants people to come out to these meetings, listen to the hunting seasons reviews, ask questions, and hear directly from the staff. He says that part of the meeting will be devoted to discussing potential rule changes and collecting feedback as the DNR works through the rules process.
The meetings are open to the public. Comments collected from these public meetings will be considered along with other related comments received by the Iowa DNR prior to proposing changes to hunting rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.
These meetings replace the one-night listening session held in late winter over the past 15 years.
The meeting closest to us will be in Okoboji on Tuesday evening, February 26th, at 6:30, at the Dickinson County Nature Center, at 22785 Nature Center Road.
Other meetings are scheduled as follows:
Meeting date, time and location
Burlington, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Starr’s Cave Nature Center, 11627 Starr’s Cave Road
Dubuque, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Swiss Valley Nature Center
Ventura, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Clear Lake Wildlife Unit headquarters, 15326 Balsam Ave.
Bloomfield, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 Hwy. 63
Chariton, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Pin Oak Lodge, 45996 Hwy. 14
Creston, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room adjacent to the YMCA, Southwestern Community College
Algona, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Waters Edge Nature Center, 1010 250th Street
Waverly, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Waverly Public Library, 1500 W Bremer Avenue
Sac City, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Sac County Conservation Center at Hagge Park, 2970 280th Street
Council Bluffs, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Fish and Game Club, 531 Commanche Street
Okoboji, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., Dickinson County Nature Center, 22785 Nature Center Road
Des Moines, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Des Moines Izaak Walton League, 4343 George Flagg Pkwy
Jefferson, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., The Jefferson Depot, 509 East Lincoln Way
Iowa City, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., ISU Extension Office, 3109 Old Hwy. 218 South
DeWitt, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., DeWitt Community Center, 512 10th Street
Salix, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Lakeport Gun Club, 3089 Calhoun Avenue
Toledo, March 7, 7 p.m., Tama County Nature Center, Otter Creek Lake Park, 2283 Park Road
Decorah, March 7, 7 p.m., Decorah City Hall, 400 Clairborne Drive