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Deer Management Zone (DMZ) Hunts

In 1990, the first deer management zone hunt (then called Special Hunts), was conducted at Springbrook State Park in Guthrie county. This came about following several years of increasing concerns regarding deer numbers and the negative impact the increasing herd could have on commodity crops as well as natural vegetation. This also followed an intensive study on deer movements in and around Springbrook and measuring the impact deer browsing was having on crops adjacent to the park.

During this time and shortly after, communities were also expressing concerns about unchecked deer numbers and their impact on ornamental plants, gardens, etc. and deer/vehicle collisions. The city of Waterloo was the first to explore the option of a controlled bow hunt within their city limits. A task force developed a set of special rules for this hunt, defining when, where and at what times bow hunting could take place. This hunt has proved successful at reducing and maintaining deer levels at a lower level and consequently reducing complaints regarding deer.

At this time, we have 18 communities and 25 state and county parks conducting these controlled hunts across Iowa.
2015-2016 Deer Population Management Zone Hunts

Contacting the Depredation Biologist in Your Area
Deer Management Zone Procedures (City Administration Guidelines)

Map: Amana Colonies Deer Management Zone
Map: Ames Deer Management Zone 
Map: Bettendorf Deer Management Zone 
Map: Cedar Rapids/Linn County Deer Management Zone 
Map: Clinton Deer Management Zone 
Map: Coralville/Johnson County Deer Management Zone 
Map: Davenport Deer Management Zone 
Map: Dubuque Deer Management Zone 
Map: Iowa Falls Deer Management Zone 
Map: Polk County Deer Management Zone 
Map: Marshalltown Deer Management Zone 
Map: Muscatine Deer Management Zone 
Map: Oskaloosa Deer Management Zone 
Map: Ottumwa Deer Management Zone