Iowa’s Deer Seasons Approved for Public Comment

Date posted - April 20, 2016

deer portrait iowa dnrIowa’s proposed 2016-17 deer hunting seasons were approved for public comment Thursday by the Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  The proposal included a status quo county antlerless license quota and maintained the buck only restriction for select counties in northwest Iowa during early muzzleloader season and first shotgun season.

The proposal will be available for public comment through June 1, 2016. Written comments may be directed to the Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Dale Garner, Wildlife Bureau Chief, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by e-mail at; or by Fax at 515-725-8201. Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact Dr. Garner at 515-725-8494 or by visiting the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building during regular business hours.

The proposal is available online at

There will be a public hearing on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the Third Floor Conference Room of the Wallace State Office Building. At the public hearing, persons may present their views either orally or in writing. Participants will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the amendments.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department and request specific accommodations.



Regular Gun 1                                                Dec. 3-7

Regular Gun 2                                            Dec. 10-18

Bow             Oct. 1-Dec. 2 and Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2017

Early Muzzleloader                                    Oct. 15-23

Muzzleloader                           Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2017

Youth                                                   Sept. 17-Oct. 2

Disabled Hunter                                 Sept. 17-Oct. 2

Holiday Antlerless-Only                      Dec. 24-Jan. 2

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