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Iowa City adds deer bow hunting at request of DNR, despite protests

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – City officials in Iowa City will soon be refining their new bow hunting ordinance, after it was adopted last week.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Natural Resources Commission manages deer populations throughout the state and has long been trying to get Iowa City to adopt bow hunting to manage its population.

“I think every other city in the state permits bow hunting,” Mayor Jim Throgmorton said. “In this instance, our hands are tied.”

In the past, residents have expressed concerns about bow hunting not being humane or efficient enough. As well as deer being shot with an arrow, wandering off, and ending up in an unsuspecting person’s yard.

“I would much rather be able to do what we believe our public wants,” Throgmorton said.

Bow hunting will be phased in, though; with the city starting with one year of sharp shooting, then adding bow hunting from 2020 to 2024.

The goal is to trim the deer population to 25 per square mile. The city will be refining the specifics of the plan this fall and winter. Right now, all that’s been agreed upon is that the season will last at least 30 days each year.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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