• DNR Proposing Deer Hunting Changes – ACTION REQUIRED!

    April 27, 2018

     

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently proposing sweeping reforms to the laws pertaining to deer hunting in Iowa. The Iowa Firearms Coalition is working hard to stop the DNR from implementing some terrible new restrictions on Iowa hunters and suggesting some changes that would be beneficial to Iowa hunters.

    The Iowa DNR quietly released a list of changes on April 24th that can be found on their website. The Iowa DNR is allowing the public to submit written comments on the proposals until 4:30 PM on May 1st. We have created an advocacy campaign on our website to share our concerns with the Iowa DNR. We are strongly urging you to participate and help us protect quality deer hunting in the state of Iowa. 

    Here is a summary of our primary concerns:

    1. The DNR has presented baseless restrictions on AR format pistols that may be braced against the forearm or shoulder, when a hunter may legally use the same action type, caliber, and barrel length at the same time and place. The ATF has already established clear boundaries on the AR pistol, and the Iowa DNR appears to be trying to redefine the law or unreasonably extend its authority.
    2. 106.7(2)c3 contains a questionable restriction on pistols that are “designed to be shot with one hand” which could plausibly be a 1911 or a Glock? Does the DNR intend to take a position on whether or not hunters should use only a one-handed or a two-handed hold? We don’t see how DNR thinks they are facilitating a humane harvest when they are limiting my technique and reducing a hunters accuracy. This plan does nothing but make more coyote bait.
    3. Under current DNR rules, a youth hunter cannot harvest a deer with a pistol, even if they are in the pistol season and with an adult. DNR hunting policy has not been updated to be aligned with Iowa law.
    4. A 6 round capacity limit for all gun hunters has been proposed. The Iowa DNR does not have the authority nor the reasonable basis for imposing a 6 round capacity limit for shotguns, pistols, and rifles. This restriction should be removed entirely.
    IFC will be attending the public hearing on May 1st at the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines (Conference Room 4E). You are also encouraged to attend if you wish to present your opinion. IFC Board Chairman Michael Ware will be discussing the DNR proposals and the need for action on the Simon Conway radio show today at 4:30 PM on WHO News Radio.

    The current proposals as written do not benefit Iowa hunters and go too far in diminishing the hunting experience that we value in Iowa. We will be going into greater detail at the public hearing on the changes we think are necessary to the current proposal. Share our concerns on our advocacy campaign with the Iowa DNR prior to the upcoming public hearing.
    Please share this with anyone else you know who is a deer hunter or Second Amendment supporter in Iowa. Let everyone know that the Iowa Firearms Coalition is working to protect the best interest of gun owners and hunters in the state of Iowa. Join us today on our website!

    Thank You,

    Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • 2014 Iowa Deer Harvest Totals

    January 11, 2015

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    Iowa’s deer and turkey seasons are officially over. All told,there were over 101,000 deer harvested in Iowa. Here’s the county-by-county break down.

     

    Deer & Turkey Harvest Report
    2014 2014 2014
    County ID County Name Does Antlered Bucks Button Bucks Shed-Antler Bucks Total Deer Fall Turkey Spring Turkey
    1 ADAIR 388 431 69 2 890 4 56
    2 ADAMS 378 435 75 4 892 11 84
    3 ALLAMAKEE 1850 1391 294 28 3563 18 408
    4 APPANOOSE 752 730 182 9 1673 29 247
    5 AUDUBON 70 151 12 0 233 0 10
    6 BENTON 449 413 96 7 965 12 98
    7 BLACK HAWK 318 281 75 2 676 5 71
    8 BOONE 440 423 102 7 972 11 63
    9 BREMER 586 464 130 3 1183 10 157
    10 BUCHANAN 343 352 82 1 778 6 130
    11 BUENA VISTA 87 138 13 2 240 0 27
    12 BUTLER 443 452 98 0 993 5 98
    13 CALHOUN 34 73 5 1 113 3 7
    14 CARROLL 88 166 18 5 277 0 19
    15 CASS 254 315 60 1 630 1 15
    16 CEDAR 568 475 136 7 1186 5 166
    17 CERRO GORDO 149 264 33 0 446 11 88
    18 CHEROKEE 220 274 35 1 530 0 64
    19 CHICKASAW 440 444 104 3 991 11 121
    20 CLARKE 812 637 153 6 1608 8 189
    21 CLAY 153 216 19 2 390 2 39
    22 CLAYTON 2122 1771 352 26 4271 26 497
    23 CLINTON 508 516 113 6 1143 9 131
    24 CRAWFORD 176 223 39 1 439 4 51
    25 DALLAS 648 541 156 7 1352 6 104
    26 DAVIS 832 616 190 9 1647 21 212
    27 DECATUR 650 809 140 6 1605 20 273
    28 DELAWARE 616 584 137 9 1346 12 156
    29 DES MOINES 508 397 113 2 1020 4 85
    30 DICKINSON 89 107 19 2 217 4 18
    31 DUBUQUE 979 805 227 9 2020 19 234
    32 EMMET 65 139 11 1 216 1 20
    33 FAYETTE 959 804 173 11 1947 11 297
    34 FLOYD 259 339 59 1 658 12 155
    35 FRANKLIN 129 234 23 1 387 2 30
    36 FREMONT 228 272 36 4 540 1 68
    37 GREENE 160 216 42 0 418 0 24
    38 GRUNDY 23 51 4 0 78 0 1
    39 GUTHRIE 940 694 229 9 1872 4 131
    40 HAMILTON 85 177 14 1 277 0 22
    41 HANCOCK 64 119 9 1 193 6 21
    42 HARDIN 254 404 43 5 706 4 64
    43 HARRISON 515 458 89 4 1066 17 256
    44 HENRY 604 468 125 7 1204 5 111
    45 HOWARD 354 305 84 4 747 12 80
    46 HUMBOLDT 62 138 8 2 210 2 16
    47 IDA 44 87 5 0 136 1 7
    48 IOWA 643 663 122 7 1435 5 107
    49 JACKSON 1170 1086 286 12 2554 13 460
    50 JASPER 366 396 107 3 872 10 117
    51 JEFFERSON 671 485 137 7 1300 4 94
    52 JOHNSON 848 686 170 5 1709 11 184
    53 JONES 815 691 131 15 1652 10 195
    54 KEOKUK 473 539 102 5 1119 4 59
    55 KOSSUTH 105 211 22 2 340 1 23
    56 LEE 735 612 150 5 1502 1 153
    57 LINN 909 743 183 10 1845 7 233
    58 LOUISA 550 483 139 5 1177 6 130
    59 LUCAS 1058 884 232 12 2186 22 196
    60 LYON 70 162 17 1 250 1 38
    61 MADISON 1296 954 240 12 2502 20 249
    62 MAHASKA 357 429 96 2 884 6 97
    63 MARION 928 752 199 4 1883 20 202
    64 MARSHALL 298 351 46 2 697 9 43
    65 MILLS 258 273 40 1 572 3 78
    66 MITCHELL 384 379 71 2 836 17 114
    67 MONONA 465 438 73 4 980 2 171
    68 MONROE 726 675 163 13 1577 15 221
    69 MONTGOMERY 299 326 58 2 685 1 54
    70 MUSCATINE 570 497 119 5 1191 7 148
    71 OBRIEN 91 149 20 1 261 3 29
    72 OSCEOLA 32 64 8 1 105 0 0
    73 PAGE 355 388 66 2 811 5 94
    74 PALO ALTO 97 177 15 1 290 1 21
    75 PLYMOUTH 115 271 15 1 402 7 74
    76 POCAHONTAS 36 87 7 0 130 0 6
    77 POLK 670 352 120 5 1147 16 77
    78 POTTAWATTAMIE 469 415 59 4 947 16 226
    79 POWESHIEK 302 336 56 2 696 1 76
    80 RINGGOLD 535 529 89 2 1155 6 107
    81 SAC 82 161 15 0 258 0 13
    82 SCOTT 357 308 82 2 749 2 39
    83 SHELBY 123 179 21 0 323 3 26
    84 SIOUX 37 127 13 0 177 3 43
    85 STORY 185 189 38 1 413 2 21
    86 TAMA 676 651 121 6 1454 8 104
    87 TAYLOR 734 737 95 4 1570 8 131
    88 UNION 468 478 109 4 1059 3 108
    89 VAN BUREN 1235 983 240 16 2474 16 236
    90 WAPELLO 539 438 119 13 1109 7 115
    91 WARREN 1240 1127 257 8 2632 25 320
    92 WASHINGTON 746 632 168 11 1557 3 67
    93 WAYNE 948 816 160 9 1933 13 200
    94 WEBSTER 265 366 47 6 684 13 78
    95 WINNEBAGO 55 154 9 2 220 2 61
    96 WINNESHIEK 1220 995 220 11 2446 21 261
    97 WOODBURY 383 407 77 0 867 9 154
    98 WORTH 112 160 14 0 286 11 107
    99 WRIGHT 100 171 18 0 289 1 20
    100 STATEWIDE 46896 44361 9412 467 101136 755 11401

    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

  • IA DNR: 19% Increase In Deer Harvested During 1st Shotgun Season

    December 10, 2014
    An IFC member poses with two bucks successfully harvested on opening day of Iowa's 2014 1st shotgun season.

    An IFC member poses with two bucks successfully harvested on opening day of Iowa’s 2014 1st shotgun season.

     

    Hunters reported harvesting 19 percent more deer in Iowa during the first three days of first season shotgun deer compared to 2013 when cold weather likely minimized the amount of time hunters spent in the timber.  If the harvest trend continues, the first season shotgun harvest would be around 37,000 deer, which is similar to 2012.

    The 2014 first season shotgun deer closes on Dec. 10.

    A popular season with hunters is a busy weekend for wildlife officials.

    State Conservation Officer Brett Reece patrolled Benton and Tama counties during opening weekend.

    “I probably came across 40 deer hunters in northern Benton County Saturday and counted 11 deer that were harvested. Sunday, I came across 20 deer hunters in Tama County and about that many deer were harvested,” he said.

    “People had been telling me that deer numbers were pretty much stable compared to last year, but down from 10 years ago,” Reece said.

    In nearby Johnson County, State Conservation Officer Erika Billerbeck said she saw 70 hunters through the weekend.

    So far, hunters reported harvesting 18 percent more bucks and 7 percent more does than 2013, while purchasing 3,000 few licenses. The license sales decline was primarily due to fewer antlerless licenses begin available, which was by design.

    Iowa second season shotgun deer opens December 13 and the unseasonably mild temperatures in the weekend forecast could lead to more hunters having success.

    “When the weather is nice, we often see more people out hunting and hunter success rates increase because they spend more time in the field to fill their tags,” said Willie Suchy, wildlife research supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

    Information on hunter harvest is one tool used by the DNR to help manage Iowa’s deer herd when it considers seasons and regulation changes. A regulation change for 2014 restricted the deer harvest in 27 counties in northwest Iowa to buck-only during first season shotgun. During the second season shotgun, hunters may harvest any deer in those 27 counties.

    Second season shotgun license sales are trending similar to first season – hunters are waiting to the last minute.  The DNR expects to sell about 35,000 licenses before Saturday.  Second season shotgun closes Dec. 21. Hunters are required to report their harvest.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

  • IA DNR: Less than half of projected 1st season shotgun tags sold

    December 3, 2014

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    Hunters planning to be in the timber for Saturday’s opening day of the first shotgun deer season should consider buying their license soon to avoid waiting in line at the license sales counter. Fewer than half of the expected 70,000 hunters have purchased their deer license as of Wednesday morning.

    A weekend weather forecast with temperatures favorable for hunting could lead to additional hunters choosing to go during the first shotgun season rather than second.

    “Good weather usually means more people will be hunting and staying in the field longer which can lead to higher success rates,” said Willie Suchy, wildlife research supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

    Successful hunters are reminded to report their deer harvest by midnight the day after the deer is recovered.

    For hunters with Internet access, the online harvest reporting is the easiest way to register the deer. Hunters can report their deer online at www.iowadnr.gov, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor.

    Accurately reporting the harvest is an important part of Iowa’s deer management program and plays a vital role in managing deer populations and future hunting opportunities. Reporting the harvest is required by law. Hunters will be checked for compliance.

    Reminder:

    Check your shotguns before you hunt!

    Remington has just issued a recall on Model 887 shotguns manufactured between December 1st, 2013 and November 24th, 2014. We posted about the recall a couple days ago, CLICK HERE for more details.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.