Sports

Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens

Iowa DNRIowa’s late muzzleloader deer season began Dec. 23, which is the final 
season that any-deer licenses are available.

Nearly 30,000 hunters participated in the late muzzleloader season in 2012 
and the DNR expects similar numbers again this year. 

Archery season also re-opens on Dec. 23 so bow hunters with unfilled tags will likely be heading
 back to their tree stands as well. 

Hunters are required to wear blaze orange during the late muzzleloader season, but unlike the 
shotgun seasons, party hunting is not allowed.  

If hunters are seeing fewer deer where they hunt they may want to refrain from harvesting 
extra does. 

Hunters should check with landowners to see if deer numbers are at an acceptable level and 
tailor their harvest accordingly.

Hunters are reminded to report their harvest within 24 hours of recovering their deer. This 
information is an important part of the data needed to manage Iowa’s deer herd.
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