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Late muzzleloader deer season begins December 19

Iowa’s late muzzleloader deer season begins Dec. 19, which is the final season that any-deer licenses are available.

Nearly 30,000 hunters participated in the late muzzleloader season in 2015 and the DNR expects similar numbers again this year. Archery season also re-opens on Dec. 19 so bow hunters with unfilled tags will likely be heading back to their tree stands as well.

Hunters are required to wear blaze orange during the late muzzleloader season but party hunting is not allowed.  

Iowa’s second shotgun ends on Dec. 18.

If hunters are seeing fewer deer where they hunt they may want to refrain from harvesting extra does. Hunters should check with landowners to see if deer numbers are at an acceptable level and tailor their harvest accordingly.

Hunters are reminded to report their harvest within 24 hours of recovering their deer. This information is an important part of the data needed to manage Iowa’s deer herd.

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