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Iowa's Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan
This document identifies, coordinates and assigns all Iowa DNR and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship activities necessary to respond to an outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease in Iowa.


Trends in Iowa Wildlife Populations and Harvest
Frends in Iowa Wildlife Populations and Harvest (Logbook) is compiled annually by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau. Publication for the preceding calendar year usually occurs in September. Information includes White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkeys, Furbearers, Waterfowl, Upland Wildlife, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Sandhill Crane, Bald Eagle, River Otter, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Gray Wolf, Trumpeter Swan, Greater Prairie Chicken, Bowhunter Observation Survey and the Ruffed Grouse.


A Review of Iowa's Deer Management Program, 2009
The issues relating to the state's deer population are discussed as well as recommendations to better manage Iowa's deer resource in balance with Iowans' needs.


Spring Spotlight Survey

The Spring Spotlight Survey is an annual survey conducted by the Iowa DNR to monitor the population trends of deer, raccoon, and other select furbearers. Between mid-March and mid-April, DNR staff drive two rural routes across each county at night and document the number of individuals of each species and their locations observed by spotlight. This survey was initiated in 1978 along select forested habitats to monitor raccoon and deer populations and redesigned in 2006 to allow for statewide coverage of other habitats and species.

The primary objectives for this survey are to:

  • develop a long-term database for monitoring the population trends of deer, raccoon, and other select furbearer species; and
  • develop estimates of deer density across the state.

Spotlight surveys have been used by biologists nationwide since the mid-1900s and are effective for monitoring population trends, determining the distribution of species, identifying habitat use, and predicting disease outbreaks.

Spring Spotlight Survey Results, 2017