MASON CITY, Iowa - Are you a bow hunter? If so, the Mason City Police Department is taking applications for hunters who want to participate in the Iowa DNR's Deer Management Zone (DMZ) deer hunt on city property.
After filling out an application and getting the necessary licensing and testing, the program allows hunters to kill deer on some parcels of city-owned land beginning November 3rd, and is only open to bow hunters. Some property available to be hunted this year includes MacNider Park, Georgia Hanford Park, the Muse-Norris Youth Softball Complex, and after it is officially closed for the year, the Highland Golf Course.
Police Chief Jeff Brinkley says the program is needed.
"We have a very good sized urban herd. We hear about it from property owners, both city and private, who are tired of hearing their landscape being chewed up by the deer and some of those sort of things."
While city land may be maxed out for future years, as they have added more areas to this year's hunt, there is some potential for the program to grow on private property.
"The growth of the program I think will really be driven by the private property owners and additional people that will allow people on to hunt."
So far, the city has ran 150 tags, and has increased every year since the city joined the DMZ hunt three years ago.
In addition to Mason City, several communities and areas around the state, including Ames, Cedar Rapids, and Dubuque are also offering it this year.
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