Oskaloosa Urban Deer Management Program

This pair of deer was spotted within the city limits of Oskaloosa.

This pair of deer was spotted within the city limits of Oskaloosa. (file photo)

The City of Oskaloosa is preparing for the upcoming 2019-2020 Urban Deer Hunting season, to be held within the Oskaloosa City limits. The 2019-2020 hunting season will run from September 14, 2019 through January 10, 2020. 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 St. in Oskaloosa. The dates and times for this testing are: Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. and Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 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. Twelve hunters qualified to participate in the 2018-2019 Oskaloosa Urban Deer Hunt.

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 can be found on the city website and will also be available to anyone attending the proficiency testing at After Hours Archery on the provided dates.

During the previous season (2018-2019) hunters harvested 12 deer within the Oskaloosa City Limits. This was a 33.33% increase from the 2017-2018 season when 8 deer were harvested. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has allotted up to 100 licenses to be used during the 2019-2020 City season.

Anyone with questions regarding this program are encouraged to contact Officer Alexander Sirovy, of the Oskaloosa Police Department, by calling (641) 672-2557 or by email at: alex.sirovy@oskaloosaiowa.org.

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