(DES MOINES) An expected 30,000 hunters will be participating in Iowa’s late muzzleloader season which begins Monday, December 17th.
The Iowa DNR says last year, 55 percent of the 8,950 deer reported during the late muzzleloader season were does. To avoid over-harvesting deer where they hunt, hunters are encouraged to work with landowners to determine if deer are at desirable levels, and base decisions on how they use the remaining antlerless tags on local herd conditions.
Party hunting is not allowed in the late muzzleloader season and hunters are required to wear blaze orange. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Hunters are also reminded that the statewide archery deer season resumes so they be sharing the woods with bow hunters. About 10 percent of the bow harvest occurs during this late portion of the season.
Deer must be reported using the harvest reporting system by midnight the day after the deer is tagged. Hunters may report their harvest at www.iowadnr.gov, by calling 1-800-771-4692 or at any license vendor.
Hunters preferring to donate their deer may do so through the Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program, which provides needed meat to Iowans through the Food Bank of Iowa. Iowa has one of the largest programs in the nation.