Iowa’s 2017 Shotgun Deer Season Fast Approaching

The first of Iowa’s popular shotgun deer season is December 2-6, 2017 when an expected 60,000 orange clad hunters head to the timber.  That group will be followed by another 60,000 hunters who prefer the second shotgun season December 9-17, 2017 according to a news release by the Iowa DNR.

Iowa hunters will have a new option this year while hunting deer during the youth season, disabled hunter season and both shotgun seasons. Rifles that are capable of shooting straight walled cartridges, click here for more details.

Few tips/reminders of safety of hunting season:

  • Do not wait to purchase your deer license.
  • Report your harvest; can be done online, over the phone, or at a licensed vendor.  Deer must be reported by the hunter whose name is on the tag and must be reported before midnight, the day after the deer is tagged.  Reporting your harvest is important because it’s required by law first of all and numbers are used to manage Iowa’s Deer herds annually.
  • Deer tissue samples.  The Iowa DNR’s wildlife staff will continue collecting tissue samples to test for presence of Chronic Wasting Disease in Iowa’s wild deer herd.  Samples are collected both by voluntary contributions of samples from local hunters, and when wildlife staff checks hunters in the field or at home processing points. More details can be found here.
  • Turn in Poachers.  See something while out in the field that doesn’t look right?  You can report concerns by calling 1-800-532-2020 as soon as possible, please provide as much information as possible including, individual, vehicle, time, and location descriptions.  You may remain anonymous.
  • Treat every gun as if it is loaded, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Unload the firearm and open the action, especially when crossing obstacles.
  • Wear plenty of blaze orange, you want to be seen from all angles in the woods and fields. Deer Hunters must wear one of the following articles of external visible solid blaze orange clothing when hunting deer with a firearm: vest, jacket, coat, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt or coveralls. A blaze orange hat alone is not sufficient.
  • Be sure to know the gun and practice with it before the season opens to get reacquainted with it.
  • Know the target and what is beyond it.
  • Do not shoot at running deer.
  • Discuss the hunting plan with everyone in the group. Outline what each person is going to do and where to be throughout the hunt. Plan your hunt and hunt your plan. Communication is critical to ensure safety.
  • Bundle up- keeping your finger off the trigger and muzzle control are both extremely important as bulky coats and gloves increases chances of an accidental discharge.
  • Most hunting in Iowa is done on private land. Hunters should touch base with landowners prior to season opening to get permission to hunt the area.

The DNR Reports of first hunting related injury occurring in southwestern Wright County.  Hunter was pheasant hunting on Boone River Greenbelt Conservation Board Public Hunting Area with three other hunters when he was hit in the back by bird shot from another hunter’s 12 gauge shotgun. The shotgun was reported to be lying on the ground when a hunting dog stepped on the trigger guard causing it to discharge hitting the hunter in the back nearly 22 yards away.  Injuries were non-life threatening.

This information was taken from the Iowa DNR public press release.