Notice of Intended Action

Deer hunting by residents, 106.1, 106.2(5), 106.4(5), 106.6

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ARC 5032C

NATURAL RESOURCE COMMISSION[571]

Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to deer hunting by residents

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Natural Resource Commission (Commission) hereby proposes to amend Chapter 106, "Deer Hunting by Residents," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 455A.5(6), 481A.39 and 481A.48(1).

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 481A.39 and 481A.48(1).

Purpose and Summary

Chapter 106, which governs deer hunting by residents in the state of Iowa, sets regulations for deer hunting 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 three amendments to Chapter 106. First, general deer licenses would be reestablished as valid in seven counties (Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Grundy, Hancock, Hardin, Winnebago, and Worth) for all seasons, and in all of northwest Iowa for the early muzzleloader season. Deer populations have been steadily increasing in the northwest, allowing for this increase in recreational opportunity for Iowa hunters.

Second, the January antlerless-deer-only season would be rescinded for all counties. Due to a widespread outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in the summer of 2019, deer numbers and harvest have been down across much of the state.

Third, this rule making proposes to modify the resident county antlerless-deer license quotas for a total of 23 counties. Quotas are proposed to be increased in Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Guthrie, Jackson, Jones, Lee, Mitchell, Tama, Washington, and Winneshiek Counties to reduce deer densities for disease control or to alleviate negative human-deer interactions. Quotas are proposed to be decreased in Adams, Bremer, Fremont, Jefferson, Montgomery, Page, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, Wapello, and Woodbury Counties to stabilize a healthy local population. Statewide, the overall proposed quota change is an increase of 125.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no negative fiscal impact to the state of Iowa. A copy of the fiscal impact statement is available from the Department of Natural Resources (Department) upon request.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found. A copy of the jobs impact statement is available from the Department upon request.

Waivers

This rule is subject to the waiver provisions of 571—Chapter 11. Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Commission for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 26, 2020. Comments should be directed to:

Tyler Harms

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Wallace State Office Building

502 East Ninth Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Email: tyler.harms@dnr.iowa.gov

Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held via conference call as follows. Persons who wish to attend the conference call should contact Chris Ensminger via email at chris.ensminger@dnr.iowa.gov. A conference call number will be provided prior to the hearing. Persons who wish to make oral comments at the conference call public hearing must submit a request to Chris Ensminger prior to the hearing to facilitate an orderly hearing.

May 26, 2020

1 to 2 p.m.

Video/conference call

Wallace State Office Building

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing will be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department and advise of specific needs.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend paragraph 106.1(1)"a" as follows:

a. General deer licenses. General deer licenses shall be valid for taking deer in one season selected at the time the license is purchased. General deer licenses shall be valid for taking deer of either sex except in Buena Vista, Calhoun, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Worth and Wright counties during the early muzzleloader or first regular gun season when the general deer license will be valid for taking deer with at least one forked antler. Paid general deer licenses shall be valid statewide except where prohibited in deer population management zones established under 571—Chapter 105. Free general deer licenses shall be valid for taking deer of either sex only on the farm unit of an eligible landowner or tenant in the season or seasons selected at the time the license is obtained.

Item 2. Rescind and reserve subrule 106.1(6).

Item 3. Rescind and reserve subrule 106.2(5).

Item 4. Rescind and reserve subrule 106.4(5).

Item 5. Rescind and reserve subrule 106.6(4).

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

106.6(6) Antlerless-deer-only licenses. Paid antlerless-deer-only licenses will be available by county as follows:

County

Quota

County

Quota

County

Quota

Adair

1200

Floyd

0 100

Monona

850

Adams

1450 1200

Franklin

0

Monroe

2250

Allamakee

3800

Fremont

300 200

Montgomery

750 500

Appanoose

2700

Greene

0

Muscatine

775

Audubon

0

Grundy

0

O'Brien

0

Benton

325

Guthrie

1950 2150

Osceola

0

Black Hawk

0

Hamilton

0

Page

750 500

Boone

300

Hancock

0

Palo Alto

0

Bremer

400 300

Hardin

0

Plymouth

0

Buchanan

300

Harrison

850

Pocahontas

0

Buena Vista

0

Henry

925

Polk

1350

Butler

150

Howard

450

Pottawattamie

850

Calhoun

0

Humboldt

0

Poweshiek

300 200

Carroll

0

Ida

0

Ringgold

1600 1400

Cass

400

Iowa

450

Sac

0

Cedar

775

Jackson

975 1100

Scott

200

Cerro Gordo

0

Jasper

775

Shelby

0

Cherokee

0

Jefferson

1650 1500

Sioux

0

Chickasaw

375

Johnson

850

Story

150

Clarke

2400

Jones

950 1100

Tama

200 300

Clay

0

Keokuk

450

Taylor

1600 1500

Clayton

3800 4000

Kossuth

0

Union

1500 1400

Clinton

400

Lee

1275 1500

Van Buren

2100

Crawford

0

Linn

850

Wapello

1825 1700

Dallas

1875

Louisa

675

Warren

2700

Davis

1700

Lucas

2500

Washington

750 1000

Decatur

2200

Lyon

0

Wayne

2700

Delaware

950

Madison

3000

Webster

0

Des Moines

800

Mahaska

475

Winnebago

0

Dickinson

0

Marion

1850

Winneshiek

2500 2700

Dubuque

975

Marshall

150

Woodbury

400 300

Emmet

0

Mills

500

Worth

0

Fayette

2000 2300

Mitchell

0 100

Wright

0

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Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 5/26/2020.

Official Document

  • Deer hunting by residents, 106.1, 106.2(5), 106.4(5), 106.6
  • Published on 5/6/2020
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Rule 571-106.1(1)"a" Rule 571-106.1(6) Rule 571-106.2(5) Rule 571-106.4(5) Rule 571-106.6(4) Rule 571-106.6(6)

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