CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The 2017-2018 Urban Deer Management program season concluded on January 10, 2018. 78 hunters qualified for the urban bow hunt with 25 of the hunters successfully harvesting at least one deer.
Program Manager for the Urban Deer Hunt is Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Andrews. According to Chief Andrews, there were a total of 111 deer harvested in the 2017-2018 season, which was conducted between September 16, 2017 and January 10, 2018. The number of deer harvested decreased by 35 deer compared to the previous urban bow hunt season.
Deer harvested in 2017-2018:
· 101 does
· 3 button bucks
· 7 antlered bucks
17 of the deer were donated to help feed the hungry in Cedar Rapids and Linn County, while 94 deer were kept for personal consumption. Hunters had the choice to either donate their deer to the HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) program, which is a collaborative effort among Iowa deer hunters, Iowa’s food banks, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, or to a local program to feed the hungry at Mission of Hope. The Mission of Hope donation program is a cooperative effort between the Newhall Locker, HUSH, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and local ENT Physician Dr. Kevin Carpenter. The two main goals of donation include reducing the deer population and providing high-quality red meat to the needy in Iowa.
One hunter successfully harvested 10 deer. Nine hunters harvested 5 or more does and will be eligible for the 2018-2019 bow hunt season incentive buck tag.
Since the inception of the bow hunt in Cedar Rapids in 2004, there has been nearly a 57 percent reduction in the number of deer killed on area roadways.
There were no injuries or hunting violations recorded during the 2017-2018 season.