DEER HUNTING HIGHLIGHTS & CHANGES
Population Management January Antlerless Season Expansion:
- The January Antlerless Season is now available in Allamakee, Winneshiek, Decatur, Appanoose, Monroe, Lucas, and Wayne counties, provided the number of unsold antlerless licenses on the third Monday in December exceeds 100.
Buck-Only Counties Adjustment:
- Crawford and Woodbury counties have been added to the buck-only counties for the first shotgun season.
- Humboldt and Kossuth counties have been removed.
Harvest Reporting Enhancement:
- Harvest reports now include the measurement of the main beam length of bucks.
Antlerless Quota Changes:
- Antlerless quotas have been adjusted in 24 counties, reflecting the current quotas.
MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTERS UPDATES
HIP Registration Requirement:
- All licensed hunters pursuing migratory game birds, including doves, ducks, geese, coots, woodcock, and snipe, are required to register for HIP.
- Registration can be done through the Go Outdoors Iowa app on smartphones or via a link at www.iowadnr.gov/waterfowl.
- Nonlicensed youth hunters are exempt.
TRAPPING REGULATIONS CHANGES
Agricultural Property Protection:
- Landowners or tenants can now dispatch raccoons causing damage to their agricultural property outside city limits.
- Approved methods include shooting or trapping raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, and opossum using cage or dog-proof traps.
- No prior notification to the DNR is required.
Year-Round Hunting and Trapping of Raccoons:
- Rules have been approved for year-round hunting and trapping of raccoons on private land.
- Outside the furharvester season, only firearms, cage traps, or dog-proof traps are legal methods.
- During the furharvester season, trappers may use other lawful traps typically allowed.
Extended Furharvest Season:
- The regular furharvest season has been extended, now closing on Feb. 28.
For real-time updates and additional changes, refer to the digital version at www.iowadnr.gov or the Go Outdoors Iowa app.