Notice of Intended Action

Deer hunting by residents, 106.6(6), 106.7, 106.10(5)

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Notice of Intended Action

Twenty-five interested persons, a governmental subdivision, an agency or association of 25 or more persons may demand an oral presentation hereon as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b."

Notice is also given to the public that the Administrative Rules Review Committee may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this proposed action under section 17A.8(6) at a regular or special meeting where the public or interested persons may be heard.

Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code sections 455A.5(6), 481A.38, 481A.39, and 481A.48, the Natural Resource Commission (Commission) hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 106, "Deer Hunting by Residents," Iowa Administrative Code.

Chapter 106 sets regulations for deer hunting by residents and includes season dates, bag limits, possession limits, shooting hours, areas open to hunting, licensing procedures, means and methods of take, and transportation and reporting requirements.

This rule making proposes four substantive amendments to the chapter. First, these amendments change 22 county-specific antlerless-deer quotas, half of which are increasing and half of which are decreasing. Although this change will result in a net decrease of 2,425 available deer tags, roughly 10,000 of 2016's deer tags were never claimed, so the reduction is actually less than last year's surplus. The new deer tag total (72,150 compared to last year's 74,575) is being strategically allocated to shift participation either toward or away from areas impacted by communicable diseases, such as epizootic hemorrhagic disease and chronic wasting disease, or where deer population numbers have exceeded social and biological tolerance levels. Counties that sold out of antlerless-deer tags last year and that would benefit from more harvest impact are having tags added to their quotas, while counties that did not sell out last year and would benefit from less impact are having tags reduced. All of these changes are ultimately designed to keep Iowa's white-tailed deer herd as a whole within the population parameters agreed upon in 2009 by the Commission, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Deer Study Advisory Group (DSAG), a consortium of diverse stakeholders created to review, analyze, and make recommendations about Iowa's deer herd.

Second, straight wall cartridge rifles are being added as an approved method of take for the regular gun seasons as well as for youth deer and severely disabled hunts. Approved calibers shall be the same as those set for pistols and revolvers in the Department of Natural Resources' hunting regulation booklet, which is being formally adopted by reference in new paragraph 106.7(3)"e."

Third, the proposed amendments clarify the description of centerfire handguns to reduce confusion regarding the type of handgun legal for use in hunting deer in Iowa.

Finally, holders of a valid permit to carry weapons may now have a handgun on their person while deer hunting. However, only the handguns authorized for use in hunting deer shall be used to hunt and only during the seasons in which handguns are a lawful method of take (which is every season besides the archery season). The latter points are extremely important because there are handguns that may lawfully be carried pursuant to a permit, but which are not approved for deer hunting.

Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before May 2, 2017. Written comments may be directed to Chris Ensminger, Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Bureau, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by e-mail to Chris.Ensminger@dnr.iowa.gov; or by fax to (515)725-8201. Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact Chris Ensminger at (515)725-8499 or by visiting the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building during regular business hours.

There will be a public hearing on May 2, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in the 4W Conference Room of the Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa. At the public hearing, persons may present their views either orally or in writing. Participants will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the amendments. Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department of Natural Resources and request specific accommodations.

The proposed amendments will likely have a positive impact on private sector jobs in the state. Although antlerless-deer quotas are decreasing as a whole, the reduction is strategically designed to increase hunter participation. The changes to 22 county-specific quotas are expected to result in approximately 1,793 more deer tags sold. Deer hunting in general plays an important role in Iowa's economy, benefiting in particular the following businesses: hunting equipment retailers (weapons, ammunition, clothing, chairs, stands, binoculars, and other supporting equipment); field guides and outfitters; taxidermists; and restaurants, hotels, and gas stations for hunters traveling around the state.

These amendments are intended to implement Iowa Code sections 455A.5(6), 481A.38, 481A.39, and 481A.48.

The following amendments are proposed.

Item 1. Amend subrule 106.6(6) as follows:

106.6(6) Antlerless-deer-only licenses. Paid antlerless-deer-only licenses will be available by county for the 2016 2017–2018 deer season as follows:

County

Quota

County

Quota

County

Quota

Adair

1025

Floyd

0

Monona

850

Adams

1450

Franklin

0

Monroe

1950

Allamakee

2975 3600

Fremont

525 400

Montgomery

750

Appanoose

2200 1800

Greene

0

Muscatine

775

Audubon

0

Grundy

0

O'Brien

0

Benton

325

Guthrie

1950

Osceola

0

Black Hawk

0

Hamilton

0

Page

750

Boone

450 300

Hancock

0

Palo Alto

0

Bremer

650

Hardin

0

Plymouth

0

Buchanan

200 300

Harrison

850

Pocahontas

0

Buena Vista

0

Henry

925

Polk

1350

Butler

0

Howard

200 350

Pottawattamie

850

Calhoun

0

Humboldt

0

Poweshiek

300

Carroll

0

Ida

0

Ringgold

2200 1600

Cass

400

Iowa

450

Sac

0

Cedar

775

Jackson

675 825

Scott

200

Cerro Gordo

0

Jasper

775

Shelby

225 0

Cherokee

0

Jefferson

1650

Sioux

0

Chickasaw

375

Johnson

850

Story

150

Clarke

2100

Jones

525 800

Tama

200

Clay

0

Keokuk

450

Taylor

2200 1600

Clayton

2775 3400

Kossuth

0

Union

1500

Clinton

400

Lee

1275

Van Buren

3800 2000

Crawford

150 0

Linn

850

Wapello

1825

Dallas

1875

Louisa

775 675

Warren

2200

Davis

2800 1600

Lucas

2200

Washington

750

Decatur

2200

Lyon

0

Wayne

2200

Delaware

525 800

Madison

2100 2350

Webster

0

Des Moines

800

Mahaska

475

Winnebago

0

Dickinson

0

Marion

1650

Winneshiek

1975 2275

Dubuque

725 825

Marshall

150

Woodbury

850 625

Emmet

0

Mills

750

Worth

0

Fayette

1500 1800

Mitchell

0

Wright

0

Item 2. Amend subrule 106.7(2) as follows:

106.7(2) Regular gun seasons. Only 10-, 12-, 16- and 20-gauge shotguns shooting single slugs , and straight wall cartridge rifles, muzzleloaders , and handguns as described more fully in 106.7(3), will be permitted for taking deer during the regular gun seasons.

Item 3. Amend subrule 106.7(3) as follows:

106.7(3) Muzzleloader seasons. Only muzzleloading rifles and muzzleloading pistols will be permitted for taking deer during the early muzzleloader season. During the late muzzleloader season, deer may be taken with a muzzleloader muzzleloading rifle, muzzleloading pistol, centerfire handgun, crossbow or bow as described in 106.7(1).

a. Muzzleloading rifles are defined as flintlock or percussion cap lock muzzleloaded rifles and muskets of not less than .44 and not larger than .775 caliber, shooting single projectiles only.

b. Centerfire handguns must be .357 caliber or larger shooting straight-walled straight wall cartridges propelling an expanding-type bullet (no full-metal jacket) and complying with all other requirements provided in Iowa Code section 481A.48. Legal handgun calibers are listed on the department of natural resources list of acceptable handgun calibers for hunting deer in Iowa. Revolvers, pistols and black powder handguns must have a 4-inch minimum barrel length. There can be no shoulder stock or long-barrel modifications to handguns. In addition, centerfire handguns must be designed to be shot with one hand using a pistol grip and have either:

(1)A cylinder of several chambers brought successively into line with the barrel and discharged with the same hammer; or

(2)A magazine having one chamber integral with the barrel, using the action of a slide to eject the casing or a break action capable of only holding one round.

c. Muzzleloading handguns pistols must be .44 caliber or larger, shooting single projectiles only.

d.Crossbow means a weapon consisting of a bow mounted transversely on a stock or frame and designed to fire a bolt, arrow, or quarrel by the release of the bow string, which is controlled by a mechanical trigger and a working safety. Crossbows equipped with pistol grips and designed to be fired with one hand are illegal for taking or attempting to take deer. All projectiles used in conjunction with a crossbow for deer hunting must be equipped with a broadhead.

e. Legal handgun calibers for hunting deer in Iowa are listed in the department of natural resources' hunting and trapping regulations booklet published each summer and adopted by reference herein. Centerfire handguns and black powder handguns must have a 4-inch minimum barrel length, and centerfire handguns shall not have any parts that extend beyond the back of the pistol grip. There can be no shoulder stock or long-barrel modifications to any handgun.

Item 4. Amend subrule 106.7(6) as follows:

106.7(6) Prohibited weapons and devices. The use of dogs, domestic animals, bait, rifles other than muzzleloaded or straight wall cartridge as provided in 106.7(5)106.7(2), 106.7(3) and 106.10(5), handguns except as provided in 106.7(2) and 106.7(3), crossbows except as provided in 106.7(1) and 106.7(3), automobiles, aircraft, or any mechanical conveyance or device, including electronic calls, is prohibited, except that paraplegics and single or double amputees of the legs may hunt from any stationary motor-driven land conveyance. "Bait" means grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay, salt, mineral blocks, or any other natural food materials; commercial products containing natural food materials; or by-products of such materials transported to or placed in an area for the intent of attracting wildlife. Bait does not include food placed during normal agricultural activities. "Paraplegic" means an individual with paralysis of the lower half of the body with involvement of both legs, usually due to disease of or injury to the spinal cord. It shall be unlawful for a person, while hunting deer, to carry or have in possession a rifle except as provided in 106.7(2), 106.7(3) and 106.7(5)106.10(5). It shall be unlawful for a person hunting with a bow license to carry a handgun unless that person also has a valid deer hunting license and an unfilled transportation tag that permits a handgun to be used to take deer. A person in possession of a valid permit to carry weapons may carry a handgun while hunting. However, only the handguns listed in 106.7(3) shall be used to hunt deer and only when a handgun is a lawful method of take.

Item 5. Amend subrule 106.10(5) as follows:

106.10(5) Method of take and other regulations. Deer may be taken with shotgun, bow, straight wall cartridge rifles, or muzzleloaded rifles as permitted in 571—106.7(481A). All participants must meet the deer hunters' orange apparel requirement in Iowa Code section 481A.122. All other regulations for obtaining licenses or hunting deer shall apply.

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Rule 571-106.10(5) Rule 571-106.6(6) Rule 571-106.7 Rule 571-106.7(1) Rule 571-106.7(2) Rule 571-106.7(3) Rule 571-106.7(5) Rule 571-106.7(6)

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