• Action Alert – Firearm Bills Active in IA!

    March 11, 2019

    Iowans, we need your help. Right now the Family Defense Act has made it out of committee and is waiting for a vote among the entire House and Senate. If passed Moms and Dads, like you, would no longer have to risk being turned into a felon for lawfully carrying while picking up or dropping off your children at school. If we can get the Family Defense Act signed into law employers will no longer be allowed to ban their employees from keeping firearms in their vehicle. Your county courthouse is the people’s property, and the peoples right to carry in their building must be restored. This bill, which would improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of permit-holding Iowans, cannot fall victim to passive legislators due to inaction. The legislative funnel has passed and the time for the Iowa Legislature to bring IFC priority legislation forward is NOW! 

    Right now, that gun-free zone sign outside your kid’s school is worthless. It’s worse than worthless, it’s endangering your kids. That sign currently makes a felon out of any Permit to Carry holding Iowan who chooses to carry the tools to protect their most valuable assets – our kids. Criminals and drugged out crazies aren’t deterred by those signs, but you know who is? Us. The reasonable, honest Iowans, who want to go about our business without breaking the law peacefully.

    This change is long overdue, but it won’t happen without you making your voice heard.

     Click Here to Message Your Legislators!

    The current law is absurd. We know it. You know. What we need your help with is, getting this message to those who have the power to change that law — Iowa legislators. Particularly able to drive home this legislation are those who proclaim their support for Second Amendment virtues. Please use the link to contact your legislator about IFC priority legislation! And if you can, send a separate note to House leadership. To make it easy for you, we’ve attached some sample text below. Feel free to copy and paste, or draft your message. Just make sure it’s brief, respectful and to the point.

    IFC Priority Legislation 

    Family Defense Act (HF-636)
    The Family Defense Act lifts the burden on permit holders created on school grounds, employers parking lots, and at the local county courthouse. IFC is fighting to remove the arbitrary restrictions that needlessly restrict permit holders, and that could currently make you a felon!

    Freedom Amendment (HJR-13)
    The Freedom Amendment recognizes the right to keep and bear arms in Iowa as an individual and fundamental right! Iowa is currently one of six states without this type of protection in the state Constitution. This amendment will be taken to the statewide ballot in 2022 to ensure our liberty is protected for generations!

    DNR Reforms (HF-179)
    IFC is heavily engaged with the Iowa DNR to ensure an inclusive and accommodating hunting environment is maintained in Iowa. This legislation will accomplish that mission by protecting commonly owned weapons for hunters of all ages,  preserving pistol seasons, and modernize cartridge options for deer hunting in Iowa.


    Second Amendment Day – Wednesday!

    • March 13th
    • 11:30 AM
    • Meet at the Auditorium in the Wallace Building — 502 E 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319— off the NW Corner of the Capitol)
    • We’ll meet with supporters at the Wallace Building before making our way to the capitol to meet with Iowa lawmakers
    • Strong possibility to see Freedom Amendment passed on in the Iowa House!
    • Learn citizen advocacy techniques and meet your legislator!

    Come out and show your support for this legislation and join our fight in the Iowa Capitol!

  • 2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Seasons Finalized

    August 3, 2015
    2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates

    2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates

     

     

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has just finalized the hunting seasons for several game species in Iowa.

    NOTE: The waterfowl season dates are expected to be finalized later this month (August 2015).

     


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second 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 Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 


     

     

     

    EARLY MIGRATORY SEASONS  DATES

    Dove                                                               Sep. 1 – Nov. 9

    Special September Teal                                  Sep. 5 – Sep. 20

     

    SPECIES                                                         DATES          

    Rooster Pheasant                                           Oct. 24-25 (Youth only)

    Rooster Pheasant                                           Oct. 31 – Jan. 10, 2016

    Bobwhite Quail                                              Oct. 31 – Jan. 31, 2016

    Gray Partridge                                               Oct. 10 – Jan. 31, 2016

    Ruffed Grouse                                                Oct. 3 – Jan. 31, 2016

    Rabbit (Cottontail)                                         Sept. 5 – Feb. 28, 2016

    Rabbit (Jack)                                                   CLOSED

    Squirrel (Fox and Gray)                                 Sept. 5 – Jan. 31, 2016

    Crow                                                               Oct. 15 – Nov. 30 AND

    Jan. 14 – March 31, 2016

    Pigeon                                                             Continuous Open Season

    Coyote                                                            Continuous Open Season

     

    Deer and fall turkey licenses are on sale Aug. 15.

    DEER SEASONS                                          DATES          

    Youth Season                                                 Sept. 19-Oct. 4

    Disabled Hunter Season                                Sept. 19-Oct. 4

    Archery Season

    Early Split                                           Oct. 1-Dec. 4

    Late Split                                            Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

    Early Muzzleloader                                       Oct. 17-25

    Late Muzzleloader                                         Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

    Shotgun

    Season 1                                              Dec. 5-9

    Season 2                                              Dec. 12-20

     

    TURKEY SEASONS                                     DATES

    Combination Gun/Bow                                 Oct. 12-Dec. 4

    Archery Only                                                 Oct. 1 – Dec. 4 AND

    Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

     

    2016 SPRING TURKEY SEASONS           DATES          

    Combination Gun/Bow Licenses

    Youth Season (Residents Only)               April 9-17

    Season 1                                                    April 18-21

    Season 2                                                    April 22-26

    Season 3                                                    April 27-May 3

    Season 4                                                    May 4-22

    Resident Archery-only Licenses:                   April 18-May 22

  • Tentative 2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates Announced

    February 10, 2015

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    2015 Deer Hunting Seasons (if no changes are made)

    Season                                   Season Dates           

    Youth Season                        Sept. 19 – Oct. 4

    Disabled Hunter Season         Sept. 19 – Oct. 4

    Archery Season                      Oct. 1 – Dec. 4 & Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

    Early Muzzleloader                 Oct. 17 – 25

    Regular Gun Season 1           Dec. 5 – 9

    Regular Gun Season 2           Dec. 12 – 20

    Late Muzzleloader                   Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

    Nonresident Holiday Season  Dec. 24 – Jan. 2, 2016

    BAG LIMIT: Daily Bag and Season Possession Limit is one deer for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.

    SHOOTING HOURS: 1/2 hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset


     

    2015-2016 Migratory Birds seasons (if no changes are made)

     

    Waterfowl Season                      North Zone           South Zone          Missouri River

    Ducks, Mergansers and Coots    Oct. 3 – 18             Oct 3 – Oct 7        Oct. 3 – Oct. 7

    Oct. 24 – Dec. 6     Oct 17 – Dec 10   Oct. 24 – Dec. 17

    Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days   Sept. 26 – 27          Oct 10 – 12          Oct 17 – 18

    Canada geese and Brant             Sept. 26 –               Oct. 3 –                Oct. 10 –

    Jan. 1, 2016            Jan. 8, 2016         Jan. 15, 2016

    White-fronted geese                    Sept. 26 – Dec. 8   Oct. 3 – Dec. 15    Oct. 10 – Dec. 22

    Light Geese (white and blue        Sept. 26 –               Oct. 3 –                  Oct. 10 –

    phase snow geese and               Jan. 10, 2016         Jan. 15, 2016        Jan. 15, 2016

    Ross’ geese)

     

    SPECIAL SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE SEASONS Only in designated zones around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo.

    Canada Geese                                                Sept. 5 – 13

     

    STATEWIDE

    Special September Teal Season                    Sept 5 -20

    Light Geese Conservation Order                    Jan. 16 – April 15, 2016

    (white and blue phase snow geese

    and Ross’ geese)

    Doves (Mourning and Eurasian Collared)      Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

    Woodcock                                                       Oct. 3 – Nov. 16

    Snipe                                                               Sept. 5 – Nov. 30

    Rail (Sora and Virginia)                                   Sept. 5 – Nov. 13

    Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset for all species except woodcock and teal during the special September teal season, which are sunrise to sunset.Daily Bag Limits:
    Ducks: Daily limit is 6, including no more than 4 mallards (of which no more than 2 may be female), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 2 pintail, 1 black duck, and 2 canvasback.

    Mergansers: Daily limit is 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers.

    Coots: Daily limit is 15.

    Geese: The daily limit for Canada geese is 2 from September 26 through October 31 and 3 Canada geese from November 1 through the end of the season.  During the special September Canada goose season within the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo Zones, the daily is 5 Canada geese.  The daily limits for white-fronted geese, brant, and snow geese are 2 white-fronted geese, 1 brant, and 20 snow geese.

    Doves (Mourning and Eurasian Collared):  Daily limit is 15.

    Woodcock: Daily limit is 3.

    Snipe: Daily limit is 8.

    Rail (Sora and Virginia): Daily limit is 12.

    Possession Limits:
    Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit for ducks, coots and geese except light geese for which there is no possession limit and two times the bag limits for doves, woodcock, snipe and rails.


    2015 Fall Turkey Hunting (if no changes are made)

    License Types             Season Dates

    Gun/Bow                     Oct. 12 – Dec. 4

    Archery Only              Oct. 1 – Dec. 4 AND

    Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

    BAG LIMIT: Daily Bag and Season Possession Limit is one wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.

    SHOOTING HOURS:

    Gun: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset

    Bow: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset

     

    2016 SPRING TURKEY HUNTING SEASON DATES (if no changes are made)

    Combination Gun/Bow Licenses

    Youth Season (Residents Only) April 9 – 17

    Season 1 April 18 – 21

    Season 2 April 22 – 26

    Season 3 April 27 – May 3

    Season 4 May 4 – May 22

    Resident Archery-only Licenses: April 18- May 22

    BAG LIMIT: Daily Bag and Season Possession Limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.

    SHOOTING HOURS: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset


    2015 – 2016 General Hunting Season Framework  (if no changes are made)

    Species                                  Season Dates                        Shooting Hours        Bag Limit

    Daily/Possess

    Rooster Pheasant (Youth)      Oct. 24 – 25                            8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       1          2

    Rooster Pheasant                   Oct. 31 – Jan. 10, 2016           8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       3         12

    Bobwhite Quail                        Oct. 31 – Jan. 31, 2016           8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       8         16

    Gray Partridge                        Oct. 10 – Jan. 31, 2016           8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       8         16

    Ruffed Grouse                        Oct. 3 – Jan. 31, 2016             Sunrise to Sunset         3          6

    Rabbit (Cottontail)                   Sept 5 – Feb. 28, 2016            Sunrise to Sunset        10        20

    Squirrel (Fox and Gray)          Sept 5 – Jan. 31, 2016           No Restrictions            6         12

    Groundhog                              Continuous Open Season       No Restrictions     No Limit No Limit

    Crow                                       Oct. 15 – Nov. 30 and                         No Restrictions     No Limit No Limit

                      Jan. 14 – March 31, 2016

    Groundhog, Pigeon                 Continuous Open Season       No Restrictions     No Limit No Limit

    Coyote (hunting)                     Continuous Open Season       No Restrictions     No Limit No Limit

  • Anti-Gun, Anti-Hunters Make Horrible Death Threats to Competitive Female Shooter.

    January 21, 2015

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    Meet Rachel Carrie. She’s a 30-year-old competitive shooter from Britain, and she’s the target of a relentless barrage of cyber bullying, hate mail, and death threats. All because of her pro-gun, pro-hunting lifestyle.

    Carrie’s the daughter of a champion shooter, and has been competing since 2009. She began international clay shooting competitions in 2010, and has seen plenty of success. In 2013 she won the title of Britain’s top female side by side shooter, and even placed among the top ten in men’s competition.

    All of Carrie’s success has brought a lot of attention. The competitor with her long blond hair, and love for fashion is hard to mistake. Which seems to make anti-gun, and anti-hunting groups even more livid.

    The British Newspaper The Daily Mail highlighted Carrie’s story just a few days ago. According to the paper Carrie routinely receives threats on her life, and the lives of her family members.

    “Imagine how you might feel if I shot your mother in the head and then celebrated, rejoiced, gave thanks and respected her high quality flesh as I ate it,” wrote one troll on Facebook.

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    “Crossing my fingers for a ‘hunting’ accident in 2014, hoping we’ll find your tiny brain blown off by a shotgun, dripping down rocks covered by your slutty hair, ahh makes me smile just thinking about it!”

    Despite the constant threats, and bullying Carrie has become an outspoken advocate for shooters and hunters. She recently told the Daily Mail, “I truly believe hunting is in our blood, our DNA. Humans have hunted for millions of years, but our society is now so disconnected from nature that we forget that. Life is convenient, industrialised, urbanised, digitized and people seem to think meat comes from a supermarket aisle, where it could have been stuffed with growth hormones.”

    Carrie says she has no plans to back off sharing her sport and love of shooting. If anything she’s doubling down in spite of those who feel the need to lash out at her.

    “If I have one message for my trolls it’s this: if you don’t like it, don’t look because I am not going to stop.”

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    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.

     

  • 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.

  • Girl’s Reaction to Shooting Her First Deer Is Priceless!

    December 19, 2014

    Before you head out for the last few days of second season shotgun, watch this video of 9 year old Savannah’s reaction to shooting her first deer. I am so amazed at her ability to keep calm even though her adrenaline is pumping so hard that she’s shaking. It’s a moment I hope all parents who hunt will be able to experience with their children.

    Keep on Rockin’ and Rollin’ Savannah!

  • Who knew? Actor Chris Pratt Is A Hunting Advocate.

    December 12, 2014

    It’s not always easy to describe why so many of us hunt, but Actor Chris Pratt puts into words what many people have tried. You may not think about hunting in the exact terms that Pratt does, but it’s nice to see a pro-hunting actor step forward every once in a while. Particularly in a time when actors and actresses often regurgitate anti-gun, anti-hunting rhetoric at the drop of a hat.


    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.

  • Ohio Legislature Approves Suppressors for Hunting

    December 11, 2014

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    Lawmakers in Ohio have just approved the legalization of suppressors for hunting. The bill is now waiting for Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature (which he’s expected to sign). Our counterparts in Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Association, have been working extremely hard to legalize suppressors. Yesterday the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B.234 by a massive 69-16 margin. Once again we’re seeing that when legislators take the time to thoroughly examine the legalization of suppressors the vast majority of reasonable lawmakers find no reason to oppose such a bill.

    During the 2014 legislative session the National Rifle Association, the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and the American Suppressor Association all pushed for the legalization of suppressors in Iowa. The bill passed through the Iowa House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support, only to be stopped cold by the anti-gun chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Rob Hogg. Full details on the plight of last year’s suppressor bill can be found HERE.

    A bill to legalize suppressors will likely be brought up again in the 2015 legislative session. Fortunately for Iowa’s firearms community Sen. Rob Hogg is no longer the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s been replaced by Senator Steve Sodders, of State Center. Sodders has been supportive of some of our pro-2nd Amendment bills in the past, but has opposed others.

    Remember, the primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Contrary to popular belief, they do not “silence” or eliminate the noise of a gunshot. Rather, they trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle of a firearm and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

    If you’d like to see suppressors legalized in Iowa, there are two very important steps you can take right now before the 2015 legislative session begins:

    1) Contact your legislators and tell them you want them to legalize suppressors as well as protect and enhance your 2nd Amendment rights.

    2) Fill out Senator Steve Sodders’ 2015 legislative priorities survey and make sure he knows that Iowa’s firearms community has high expectations for him.

    Bonus: Sign up for our email list to for the latest on pro-2nd Amendment bills, and Action Alerts to help advance our cause.


    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.


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