Archery deer season opens October 1st

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Iowa and Illinois’ archery deer seasons begin Saturday, October 1, 2016.

In Iowa it’s expected that more than 90,000 deer licenses will be purchased by about 62,000 bow hunters this year, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  The average hunter will take 12 hunting trips, spending three hours each time.

Iowa hunters: Click here to get your license. 

Illinois hunters: Click here to get your deer permit.

“Having 62,000 pairs of eyes in the field really helps us to identify any local issues,” explained Andrew Norton, state deer biologist for the Iowa DNR.  Norton said that hunters can provide tissue samples to test for chronic wasting disease.”

With the deer population holding steady, the season is expected to give hunters “another great year,” said Norton.  “Our hunters play an important role in helping us to maintain their high quality deer herd.”

All hunters must report their harvests by midnight the day after the deer is recovered.  Reports can be made on the DNR website, by calling 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor.

In Iowa the season lasts until December 2 and then picks back up again from December 19 and goes until January 10, 2017.  In Illinois it lasts through January 15, 2017.

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