Furbearer Hunting Season Opens Saturday

Written by on November 2, 2012 in News

In Iowa, Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Season begins on Saturday.  The dry conditions will concentrate trappers near water.  Biologist for the DNR Vince Evelsizer says that the only option for a large portion of the start are shallow lakes, deeper lake margins and major rivers.  The southeastern portion of the state has the best conditions.  Evelsizer says that crops are out and weather conditions are looking decent for the first portion of the season.  The DNR increased the bobcat quota from 350 to 450 in the open zone but kept the one bobcat per furharvester restriction.  The river otter quota was raised to 850 with licensed trappers allowed up to three.  They must be reported within 24 hours of harvest and a must have a CITES tag applied within seven days.  Over 326,000 raccoons were harvested and numbers are expected to be similar this year.  Trapper numbers have increased more than 20% since 2009 to 17,000 participating.

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