Iowa DNR to hold public hearing for proposed trapping and hunting changes
Changes have been proposed for 2013-2014 hunting and trapping seasons in Iowa.
According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, changes have been made to five seasons- furbearers, resident deer hunting, waterfowl seasons, wildlife refuges, and crow and pigeon.
On May 23, 2013, a public hearing will be held allowing people to comment on the following changes.
- Add six counties to the open area for bobcats (Audubon, Crawford, Dallas, Iowa, Muscatine, and Poweshiek)
- Remove statewide quotas for bobcats and river otters, allowing furbearing seasons to run at the same time
- Remove the 24-hour reporting requirement for bobcat and river otters.
- Reduce the bag limit for river otters from 3 to 2.
Resident Deer Hunting
- Reduce resident paid antlerless deer quota by 3,950 licenses in 6 counties the Nishnabotna Wildlife Unit (Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, and Pottawattamie)
- Adjust season dates to comply with federal regulations.
- Make all seasons open on weekends.
- Remove bag limit on light geese during the conservation order season.
- Remove Three Mile Lake in Union County and Lake Sugema in Van Buren County from the list of waterfowl refuges.
- Add Union Hills Wildlife management area in Cerro Gordo County to the list.
- Make a portion of the area a waterfowl refuge with the goal of improving the number of waterfowl that stay in the area during fall migration.
Crow and Pigeon
- Open the season year round, allowing hunters opportunity to take pigeons while dove hunting.