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- Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt
- Iowa deer exchange
- Deer tissue collection to survey for chronic wasting disease
- Deer Management Zones
- New option to report your harvest
- Donated deer hides benefit disabled veterans
Blaze orange clad hunters moving through Iowa’s timber will be a common sight when the first of two shotgun deer seasons open Dec. 5. An estimated 120,000 hunters participate in the shotgun seasons, harvesting about half of the total number of deer for the year.
“Shotgun deer seasons are important tradition for Iowa deer hunters as well as an important time for herd management,” said Tyler Harms, deer program leader for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Hunters have reported harvesting more than 26,000 deer so far this year, which is about 1,000 more than this time last year, and that’s good news, Harms said.
“From our standpoint, that’s something we like to see because coming in to the season, people were concerned about reduced deer numbers due to the widespread hemorrhagic disease outbreak last year. If we project this harvest out, not factoring in any curveball Mother Nature would throw at us, we are trending to our goal of harvesting between 100,000 and 120,000 deer,” Harms said.
Iowa’s first shotgun deer season is Dec. 5-9, and second shotgun deer season is Dec. 12-20.
Changes to deer seasons
- The antlerless deer quota has been adjusted in 23 counties.
- The January antlerless deer season will not be offered this year except in certain zones for chronic wasting disease management.
- The first shotgun season buck-only restriction has been removed in Winnebago, Worth, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hardin and Grundy counties.
Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt
The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 5, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
Basic firearm rules are pretty straight forward: treat every firearm as though it were loaded; always point the muzzle in a safe direction; be sure of your target and what’s beyond it; keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. READ MORE
Iowa deer exchange
The inaugural season for the Iowa Deer Exchange has attracted 350 Iowans who indicated they were interested in receiving venison and 60 hunters willing to provide it. The deer exchange, along with the Help us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program, allows hunters an opportunity to provide high quality lean protein to their neighbors, while continuing to do what they enjoy – hunting deer.
“We’re pleased with the participation we’ve seen thus far, and the large number of registered recipients shows there’s an audience who wants venison. We’re encouraging hunters who are making their plans now to consider picking up another doe tag and registering to donate venison,” said Harms.
To sign up for the Iowa Deer Exchange, go to www.iowadnr.gov/deer then scroll down to Iowa’s Deer Exchange Program link and fill out the required fields. The database creates a map and table with information deer donors and deer recipients can use to get connected. There is no cost to participate. It is illegal to sell wild fish and game in Iowa.
Hunter who prefer to use the HUSH program are encouraged to contact a participating locker before they harvest a deer to see if the locker has any additional drop off instructions. The list of participating lockers is available at www.iowadnr.gov/deer the scroll down to the Help Us Stop Hunger link. The HUSH program is a partnership between the Iowa DNR, the Food Bank of Iowa and participating meat lockers.
Deer tissue collection to survey for chronic wasting disease
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a goal each year of collecting more than 4,600 deer tissue samples statewide to test for chronic wasting disease and the majority of those samples come from the two shotgun deer seasons.
“We are prioritizing samples this year to try to improve the information we are getting from this important effort. The deer that give us the best opportunity to detect this disease in new areas are adult bucks,” Harms said. After adult bucks, priority goes to adult does, then yearling buck and finally yearling does.
The surveillance effort includes collecting a minimum of 15 samples from each county, with higher quotas assigned to counties where the disease has been found in wild deer or have high risk of the disease due to adjacent counties with positive animals. To date, the DNR has collected and submitted more than 1,000 samples for testing this year.
Hunters willing to provide a sample are encouraged to contact their local wildlife biologist to arrange for the collection.
In the event that the county or priority area quota has been filled, or if the hunter is interested in testing a fawn or other nonpriority deer, hunters may choose to pay for their own test through a new partnership with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Hunters will need to contact their local wildlife staff and ask how they can get their deer tested through the new hunter submitted option. The DNR will collect and submit the sample on their behalf. There is a $25 fee for the laboratory to run the test. Results should be available within 2-3 weeks.
Deer Management Zones
Special antlerless deer licenses are available, outside of regular county quotas, in specific areas where the DNR would like to focus additional harvest to increase deer samples as part of its surveillance effort for chronic wasting disease.
The DNR has identified 12 of these deer management zones in nine counties. Information on these zones, where to buy a license and local contacts for samples is on pages 33-34 of the Iowa Hunting Regulations.
New option to report your harvest
Hunters who harvest a deer are required to report their harvest by midnight on the day after it is tagged or before taking it to a locker or taxidermist. The hunter whose name is on the transportation tag is responsible for making the report. If no deer is harvested, no report is necessary.
New this year is the option to report your harvest via text message. Simply text the registration number on your deer tag to 1-800-771-4692 and follow the prompts. Hunters are still able to report their harvest online, by phone, or using the Go Outdoors Iowa app. Reporting using the app is straight forward, fast and easy. Hunters have their confirmation right on their phone and also receive it as an email.
Deer harvest numbers are an important component of Iowa’s deer management plan.
Donated deer hides benefit disabled veterans
Hunters donated more than 4,100 deer hides to Elks Lodges across Iowa last year, which was a slight decrease from the 2018-2019 season. The deer hides are used by the Veterans Leather Program to make professionally-crafted leather gloves for veterans in wheelchairs and also turned into leather used for therapy programs for recovering veterans.
“Pheasant hunting is a big part of Thanksgiving for many families but with health experts advising against gatherings, this tradition won’t look the same as in year’s past, but it can still be part of the holiday,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
He said hunters who do not live in the same house are encouraged to drive separately to the hunting spot and when they arrive, to space out and not congregate while in the field.
What they’ll find in the field is a pheasant season that’s off to a good start.
“I’m hearing really good reports, good pheasant numbers from all parts of the state despite the state experiencing an unusual number of days with gale-force winds and temperatures in the 70s,” said Bogenschutz. “Everybody that’s hunting in good cover is finding and getting birds.”
That’s good news heading in to the Thanksgiving holiday and might be just enough incentive to delay the trip to the couch until the afternoon hunt is completed.
Iowa’s pheasant season closes Jan. 10, 2021.
Places to Hunt
The Iowa DNR’s online hunting atlas lists nearly 700,000 acres of public hunting land, including 22,000 acres of land enrolled in the popular Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP) allowing hunter access to private land.
Each area on the atlas includes a link to a map with property boundaries, the size of the area, habitat type, species of wildlife likely found, if nontoxic shot is required and more. The map is available as a downloadable pdf that can be printed or saved to a smartphone.
IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, November 30, 2020, northbound Riverside Drive, between Highway 1 / Highway 6 and Benton Street, will have various closures and lane reductions to accommodate the installation of a water service line in the area as follows:
- Northbound Riverside Drive will be reduced to one lane of traffic on Monday, November 30th until 8:00 p.m.
- Northbound Riverside Drive will be closed to traffic starting at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30th through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1st. A detour route will be posted during this closure.
- Northbound Riverside Drive will be reduced to one lane of traffic beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1st until the morning of Thursday, December 3rd.
Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time or seek an alternate route as is appropriate. As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.
For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts.
The Library will be closed, and all services suspended, on Friday, November 27.… Read on
|Date||November 27, 2020|
|Time||10:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
|Location||Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
Cedar Rapids, IA – Twin Pines Golf Course will close for the season at the end of play on Sunday, November 29. The course will also be closed on Thanksgiving. Twin Pines is the last Cedar Rapids municipal course to close for the 2020 season. The clubhouse will remain open for holiday shopping, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The clubhouse will be closed between December 24 and January 3. Call 319-286-5588 or go www.PlayCedarRapidsGolf.com for more information.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. Most City departments will be closed both days. The following City services will operate as indicated:
- Fire Department – Responding to emergencies. Administrative and Fire Marshal’s offices closed.
- Library – Both Library locations closed.
- Police Department – Responding to emergencies. Administrative offices closed.
- Public Works – Administrative offices closed.
- Solid Waste & Recycling – Garbage, yard waste, recycling, and leaf vacuum will NOT be collected Thursday, November 26. Thursday and Friday collections will experience a one-day delay this week. Collection continues from the STREET and not the alley at this time.
- Transit – No Transit service Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.
The Water Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5910.
Public Works Sewer Division 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5815.
Public Works Streets Division 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5826.
By Mike Thayer
I'm pleased to announce the addition of the Grilling Good Eats online store!
You'll find just about everything there to help you create that grilled masterpiece, from tongs, to wood chips, to shredder claws for that fantastic pulled pork.
Find the tools to do that Grill Master or Pit Master job right.
Seasonal holiday light recycling is available at drop-off sites throughout the Coralville and Iowa City area. Recycling holiday lights is a free, environmentally-friendly alternative to sending old, unused, or non-working strings of holiday lights to the landfill.
Please do not place holiday lights in your curbside recycling bin. Instead, drop off unwanted strings of holiday lights in collection bins from November 23, 2020, through January 10, 2021, at any of these locations:
- Coralville Hy-Vee #1 (1914 8th St.)
- Stuff, Etc. (2818 Commerce Dr.)
- Coralville City Hall (1512 7th St.)
- Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th St.)
- East Side Recycling Center via ReStore Donations (2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City)
- Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City)
For more information, call 319.248.1740.