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Iowa DNR to hold public hearing for proposed trapping and hunting changes

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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.

Furbearers

  • 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)

Waterfowl Seasons

  • 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.

Wildlife Refuges

  • 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.
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