Turkey Hunting Information
According to the DNR, by the early 1900’s, unrestricted market hunting and drastic reductions in habitat had eliminated wild turkeys in Iowa. For many years, the thunderous gobbles of the wild turkey were absent from Iowa’s woodlands and forests. In 1966 when the Iowa Conservation Commission, now the Department of Natural Resources, initiated a program to return the wild turkey to Iowa, wild turkeys were released at several sites across the state, with the first release occurring in Lee County, Iowa. Since these early days, turkey populations have expanded across the entire state of Iowa.
Iowa currently hosts 6 spring hunting seasons. This includes the 4 regular seasons as well as the youth season and the archery season. The spring seasons are in the 4th and final season and will end on May 22nd. Iowa also has 3 fall seasons which begin on October 1st for Archery Only, then Gun and bow beginning on October 16th. Residents and Non-Residents alike are encouraged to hunt Turkeys in Iowa. Non-residents need to be sure to check out the availability of tags before hunting on the Iowa DNR webpage found HERE.
Congrats to all of the hunters who have already gotten a turkey and good luck to those still hunting in 4th season.
Deer Hunting Information
Applications for non-resident deer hunters opened over the weekend. The 2017 nonresident application period for deer hunting in Iowa has arrived. Hunters can apply to hunt in the following deer seasons: Archery, Shotgun 1, Shotgun 2 or Late Muzzleloader. During the application timeframe of May 6 – June 4, hunters may also choose to purchase a preference point in lieu of submitting an application to increase their odds on a future hunting opportunity. For information on non-resident applications visit the Iowa DNR webpage here.
According to the Iowa DNR the return of the white tail deer as a major game species in Iowa is a tribute to good landowner attitude and progressive management, research and enforcement programs. Likewise, responsibility for the future of deer in Iowa depends upon the cooperation of hunters and landowners, preservation of critical timber habitat, legislative support and continued professional management of the resource. Today more than 200,000 shotgun, muzzleloader and bow hunters harvest between 90,000 and 120,000 deer annually.
Thank you to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for all of their valuable information in regard to hunting seasons. Here at Mossy Oak Properties we want to be sure we pass along information important to you in regards to outdoor recreation, agriculture and home. Check out more information on our Mossy Oak Properties Iowa Facebook page or on our Website found HERE.