01/15/2007 @ 10:43 AM Contributed by: bigA Views:: 2,242
With some of the posts recently about guys getting three big bucks this year, I thought I would talk about my triple.
Started off opening morning of the early muzzie season missing a big buck...blew an easy shot. That night I went back out to see what I could find. Had a doe in a picked corn field that I thought I would be easy pickings and fill my doe tag. Lined up the shot (about 50 yds) pulled the trigger and off she went. That's when I noticed the limb dangling in a tree about 10 yds away. Clean miss on the deer. That was the first of the triple!
Taken from an official press release of the Ia. State Conservation Commission dated 6/17/54.
The State Conservation Commission received fewer reports of car-deer accidents over the state during the first five months of 1954, a decline primarily attributed by the Commission to the recent deer season. From January to June officers reported a total of 56 deer-car accidents with estimated damages of $5,935. For the same period in 1953 the total was 99 with damages of $10,159. The total for 1953 was 273 deer killed with damage of $20,078. Last year set a record and was one reason a deer hunt was held in December in an effort to decrease accidents and forestall any human fatalities.
Taken from an official news release of the Ia. State Conservation Commission dated 1/14/54.
During the 5-day deer season, 3,795 licenses were sold and a total kill of 3,057 was made. Of the licenses sold 3,074 of the report cards were returned.
At the beginning of the year the herd was estimated at about 18,000 deer. Nearly 2/3 or 65% reported kills.
11/14/2006 @ 11:27 AM Contributed by: bigjake Views:: 5,060
By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
RICEVILLE---When fall hunting seasons roll around, sports legend Bo Jackson can literally go anywhere in the world. Although he loves to pursue waterfowl, turkey, and upland birds, Jackson's greatest outdoor passion is hunting for big game with bow and arrow. From elk to bear, 'gators to javelina, Bo and his bow have seen and done it all.
12/29/2005 @ 10:08 AM Contributed by: Tony Views:: 3,486
Well the reporting on urban hunts really hasn't gotten any better as far as I can tell from this article running in today's Des Moines Register. Of course, you have the usual Bambi reference and, what gets me, is how Iowa City is apparently paying $300 per deer, a total of $45,380 in 2005, to a company in Connecticut who supplies sharpshooters. Seems a bit high to me. FWIW, the firm they are referring to is more than likely White Buffalo, Inc. who is no stranger to controversy. I simply hope Des Moines will do the right thing, loosen the restrictions and let bow hunters manage the urban deer herds. After all, the DNR said they are unaware of any accidental shootings by bowhunters in 25 years.
Thanks to WALLEYES_ONLY for directing my attention to this story....
There are truly some MONSTER whitetails taken every year by Iowa hunters. This deer will not dissapoint! While hunting in Winneshiek County, bow hunter Brian LaRue hit the mother lode! Check it out in the story "2+2=Monster Buck" from the Decorah Newspaper online.
12/15/2005 @ 12:58 PM Contributed by: Tony Views:: 9,587
Four eastern Iowa men pleaded guilty Wednesday, to illegally taking 12 Iowa deer and were assessed nearly $63,000 in fines and liquidated damages. The men will have their hunting privileges suspended and will be listed as habitual offenders with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Travis Umbdenstock, 21, from Cedar Rapids, Tim Hansel, 20, Jacob Hansel, 21 and Josh Hansel, 20, all from Martelle, were charged with unlawful possession, unlawful method of taking deer, no valid deer licenses and unlawful transportation of deer. The four men pleaded guilty to all 23 charges.
Mike Macke, Iowa DNR conservation officer for Jones County, said he learned about the poaching activity while working on an unrelated case.
"These people had to be seen by several people while they were doing it, but for whatever reason, no one called it in. We call it poaching because it is wildlife, but it is really theft of the resource," Macke said. Based on the spread of the antlers, Macke said three of the deer would be trophy bucks for someone if they had been legitimately harvested.
Officers with the Iowa DNR and the Jones County Sheriff's Department searched the rural Martelle residence on Dec. 8, and seized parts of 11 bucks and one doe that were all taken illegally. Officers also seized 14 guns and one bow.