Deer hunters may submit applications for a controlled hunt in Scott County.
According to the Scott county Conservation Board, applications for the 2013 Controlled Deere Hunt will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27. Applicants must be residents of Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has designated Scott County Park as a Special Deere Management Zone with a plan to maintain a deer population that balances with plant life and other animals. 50 hunters will be granted licenses to hunt at the location on December 7 and 8.
The licenses only apply to antlerless deer. Only hunters who have passed the shooter’s proficiency test and attended the hunter safety session conducted by the Scott County Conservation Board can receive licenses.
The Hunter Safety Session and shooting proficiency tests will be required for first time participants only. The class will be held at the Davenport Police Department on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Hunters are required to hit a 10-inch diameter circle three-out-of-five times during the shooting proficiency test. Successful hunters from previous years may attend the class and re-shoot the proficiency course with amnesty.
The 50 hunters will be chosen in a drawing during the first week of October. All applicants, whether selected or not, will receive written notification.
Applications will be available from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day through Friday, September 27 at Scott County Park South Entrance Station (563) 328-3282, and West Lake Park Campground Office – Gate 5 (563) 328-3281.
Applicants who wish to hunt together must staple and submit their applications together.
Completed applications can be mailed or delivered to: Scott County Conservation Board, West Lake Park, Gate #3, 14910 – 110th Avenue, Davenport, IA 52804
A spokesperson from the Scott County Conservation Board said do not send money with the application/s. Fees will be paid directly to the license vendor after all requirements have been met. No refunds will be given for cancellation or failure to meet deer management program requirements.