Notice of Intended Action

Deer hunting by residents, 106.1(1)“a,” 106.1(6), 106.2(5), 106.4(5), 106.6

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ARC 5509C

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)"a," 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 contains the regulations for deer hunting by residents in the state of Iowa 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 six specific amendments to Chapter 106, which collectively accomplish the following three broader changes to the deer hunting regulations. First, general deer licenses are being reestablished as valid in three counties for all seasons: Hamilton, Webster, and Wright. Deer populations have been steadily increasing in northwest Iowa, allowing for this increase in recreational opportunities for Iowa hunters.

Second, the January antlerless-deer-only season is being conditionally reinstated for five counties: Allamakee, Appanoose, Decatur, Wayne, and Winneshiek. The season will only happen, on a county-by-county basis, if the respective number of unsold antlerless-deer-only licenses exceeds 100 in a county on the third Monday in December. This change accomplishes two objectives for deer population and disease management: (1) it maintains a stable level of antlerless-deer harvest earlier during the hunting season when deer are still within their breeding home range, thus slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease among deer family groups, and (2) it allows opportunities for additional antlerless-deer harvest later in the hunting season to help with population management. The Department's goal moving forward will be to stabilize deer numbers in these counties and slow the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Third, county antlerless-deer-only license quotas are being modified in 25 counties for an overall statewide increase of 1,250 more tags. Quotas are being increased in Buchanan, Butler, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Henry, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Madison, Marion, Muscatine, and Warren Counties to reduce deer densities for the purpose of disease control or to alleviate negative human-deer interactions. Quotas will be decreased in Adams, Fremont, Harrison, Jasper, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Wapello, and Woodbury Counties to stabilize healthy local deer populations.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa. A copy of the fiscal impact statement is available from the 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 March 30, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Tyler Harms

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Boone Research Station

1436 255th Street

Boone, Iowa 50036

Email: tyler.harms@dnr.iowa.gov

Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally will be held via conference call as follows. Persons who wish to attend the conference call should contact Chris Ensminger, wildlife research supervisor, 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 Mr. Ensminger prior to the hearing to facilitate an orderly hearing.

March 30, 2021

1 to 2 p.m.

Video/conference call

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, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Hamilton, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, and Sioux, Webster, and Wright Counties during the 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. Adopt the following new subrule 106.1(6):

106.1(6) January antlerless-deer-only licenses. Licenses for the January antlerless-deer-only season may be issued for the following counties: Allamakee, Appanoose, Decatur, Wayne, and Winneshiek. January antlerless-deer-only licenses shall be issued for a county only when a minimum of 100 antlerless-deer-only licenses, as described in subrule 106.6(6), remain unsold in that county as of the third Monday in December. If 100 or more antlerless-deer-only licenses remain unsold for a given county as of the third Monday in December, those remaining antlerless-deer-only licenses shall be made available for the January antlerless-deer-only season in that county until the relevant antlerless-deer-only quota as described in subrule 106.6(6) is met.

Item 3. Adopt the following new subrule 106.2(5):

106.2(5) January antlerless-deer-only season. Deer may be taken in accordance with the type, season, and zone designated on the license from January 11 through the third Sunday in January.

Item 4. Adopt the following new subrule 106.4(5):

106.4(5) January antlerless-deer-only season. The bag limit is one deer per license. The possession limit is one deer per license.

Item 5. Adopt the following new subrule 106.6(4):

106.6(4) January antlerless-deer-only season. Only antlerless-deer-only licenses, paid or free, are available in counties pursuant to the conditions described in subrule 106.1(6). A license must be used during the January antlerless-deer-only season as described in subrule 106.2(5) and in the county or deer population management area selected at the time the license is purchased. Free antlerless-deer-only licenses shall be available only in the portion of the farm unit located in a county where paid antlerless-deer-only licenses are available during the January antlerless-deer-only season.

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

100 150

Monona

850 750

Adams

1200 1000

Franklin

0

Monroe

2250

Allamakee

3800

Fremont

200 100

Montgomery

500

Appanoose

2700

Greene

0

Muscatine

775 900

Audubon

0

Grundy

0

O'Brien

0

Benton

325

Guthrie

2150

Osceola

0

Black Hawk

0

Hamilton

0

Page

500

Boone

300

Hancock

0

Palo Alto

0

Bremer

300

Hardin

0

Plymouth

0

Buchanan

300 400

Harrison

850 750

Pocahontas

0

Buena Vista

0

Henry

925 1050

Polk

1350

Butler

150 200

Howard

450

Pottawattamie

850 750

Calhoun

0

Humboldt

0

Poweshiek

200

Carroll

0

Ida

0

Ringgold

1400

Cass

400

Iowa

450

Sac

0

Cedar

775

Jackson

1100

Scott

200

Cerro Gordo

0

Jasper

775 575

Shelby

0

Cherokee

0

Jefferson

1500

Sioux

0

Chickasaw

375

Johnson

850 950

Story

150

Clarke

2400

Jones

1100

Tama

300

Clay

0

Keokuk

450 500

Taylor

1500

Clayton

4000

Kossuth

0

Union

1400

Clinton

400

Lee

1500 1700

Van Buren

2100

Crawford

0

Linn

850

Wapello

1700 1600

Dallas

1875 2100

Louisa

675 775

Warren

2700 3000

Davis

1700

Lucas

2500

Washington

1000

Decatur

2200

Lyon

0

Wayne

2700

Delaware

950

Madison

3000 3300

Webster

0

Des Moines

800 900

Mahaska

475

Winnebago

0

Dickinson

0

Marion

1850 2050

Winneshiek

2700

Dubuque

975 1200

Marshall

150

Woodbury

300 200

Emmet

0

Mills

500 300

Worth

0

Fayette

2300 2500

Mitchell

100

Wright

0

Natural Resource Commission


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Closed For Comments

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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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