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Posted on: August 14, 2017

Urban deer hunting season has begun.

The City of Oskaloosa is preparing for the upcoming 2017/2018 Urban Deer Hunting season, to be held within the Oskaloosa city limits. The 2017/2018 hunting season will run from September 16, 2017 through January 10, 2018. During this season, qualified hunters will be allowed to harvest deer within the city limits using bows and arrows. 

Bow hunters interested in participating in this hunting season are required to pass an archery proficiency test, consisting of 5 shots, made from 20 yards. Hunters must score at least 80% accuracy, within an 8-inch circle target, to qualify for this hunt. Hunters are allowed two attempts to pass this test. 

Two testing dates have been set for this upcoming season. This Testing will be held at “After Hours Archery” located at 216 North B Street. The dates and times for this testing are: Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Any hunter interested in participating in this hunting season must attend, and pass, one of these proficiency tests. Hunters need to bring a current form of identification and their current/valid Iowa hunting license with them to this testing. 

The Oskaloosa Urban Deer Management Program has an established set of rules, which each hunter must follow, to participate in this program. A copy of these rules is attached to this release. 

During the previous season (2016/2017) hunters harvested 20 deer within the Oskaloosa City Limits. This was a 18% increase from the 2015/2016 season when 17 deer were harvested. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has allotted up to 100 licenses to be used during the 2017/2018 city season. 

Anyone with questions regarding this program is encouraged to contact Officer David Wilke of the Oskaloosa Police Department by calling (641) 673-3201, ext. 5906, or by email at: david.wilke@oskaloosaiowa.org

Urban Deer Management Season Rules



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