MUSCATINE – As of September, deer within Muscatine city limits will no longer be safe as the archery season within city limits for 2021-2022 has been approved by Muscatine City Council Thursday.
The council approved the season to be held from September 12, 2021 to January 10, 2022. The city has been participating in the program since the 2006-07 season. This year’s hunt within the city limits will be for bow hunting on approved private property of two or more acres. Landowners can combine contiguous plots to achieve the two-acre minimum.
The council approved the hunting season without comment.
The town will also host a qualifying shoot for those intending to participate in the hunting season. Passing the skill test is a requirement to be able to hunt within the city limits. A mandatory public meeting will be held with hunters at 6 p.m. on August 25 at the Weed Park Aquatic Center and the first proficiency shooting will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on August 28. The shootings will also take place on September 1 and 8 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Filming will take place at the Weed Park Maintenance Center at 1211 Weed Park Drive.
The city has participated in deer management area hunts in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the past 15 years. During this period, a total of 719 deer were slaughtered, including 57 in 2020-2021. According to a press release from the city, the program has successfully met its goal of controlled deer population reduction. This benefits the citizens with fewer motor vehicle accidents compared to deer and less destruction of the landscape.