DNR to Reduce Deer Tags

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has approved a move to reduce the number of deer tags to hunters in an effort to maintain the deer population and combat chronic wasting disease. The reduction is part of a strategy to counter the impact of animal diseases on white tail deer and shouldn’t affect the number of antlerless deer hunted in Iowa. Ultimately, the change will be minimal; decreasing available deer tags from approximately 74,000 to 72,100 and will be in effect from September through early next year. Chronic wasting disease is a neurological condition affecting primarily deer and elk. There is no known cure.