The annual urban deer bow hunting program is being offered once again for the 2013-14 season. This program is a cooperative effort between the city of Marshalltown and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The purpose of the program is for deer management within the city limits. The IDNR controls the number of deer hunting licenses issued for hunting within the city limits. Additional licenses for the identified perimeter areas outside of the city limits will also be available, but are not regulated by these urban hunting regulations.
The urban bow hunting license will be for hunting during the specified season and will be for antlerless deer only. The season opens Sept. 21 and continues through Jan. 19, 2014.
The city will issue the permit necessary to obtain the urban license. The permits are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 10 W. State St. The cost of the permit is $10. The IDNR special urban licenses can then be purchased at The General Store.
To receive the urban hunting permit, hunters must meet all the requirements established by the IDNR for bow hunting except when the city regulations are more restrictive than the state regulations. The city has set the following requirements that must be met in order to receive an Urban Bow Hunting Permit:
1. Successfully complete a 10-hour bow hunter safety education program and provide proof.
2. Successfully complete an annual archery proficiency test and provide proof.
3. Be at least 18 years of age the day of the hunt.
Information on the bow hunter safety education program can be found online at www.iowadnr.gov/law/hunter/boweducation.html. This course is a one-time requirement for every hunter. There are local instructors who offer the proficiency testing that is required annually.