IA: Illegal hunting an issue
Urbandale deer hunt begins Saturday; poaching has been an issue
September 11, 2009
Hunters have killed a recorded 336 deer since 1998, helping to curb a
Poaching is the one concern some Urbandale residents have voiced about
the city's annual urban deer hunt, which begins Saturday, officials have
"It's taking deer illegally," said Assistant City Manager Su Zaanna K.
Prophet of poaching. In Urbandale, it's against the law to hunt out of
season. Also, a permit for the urban bow hunt is required by law, Prophet
Last year, Urbandale police arrested Scott A. Lamar, 45, of Urbandale
Nov. 8 for allegedly hunting without a permit in the 9800 block of Hickory
Drive. Police confiscated a bow and arrow as well as a couple of handguns.
Lamar was cited by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for hunting out
Urbandale police officer Jeff Casey, who will run the bow-hunting program
this year, has said that poaching has been an issue in the past, with
officers receiving calls from residents about gun shots, or finding headless
Intended to help curb the over-population of deer within in the city,
hunters have killed 336 deer since the program began in 1998. The Polk
County Deer Task Force estimates that without any attempt to control the
deer population, the number of deer would double every three to four years.
The target the task force is aiming for is 30 deer per square mile.
Aerial surveys are conducted every year at the conclusion of the hunting
season to assess the deer population. In 2009, the task force estimated
there was an average of 46 deer per square mile in Urbandale, a drop from
the estimated 48 deer per square mile in 2008.
Urbandale City Council member Tom Gayman, who describes himself as an
avid hunter, said last week there was little opposition from residents
toward permanently allowing bow hunting in Urbandale.
Poaching is the biggest concern residents have brought to Gayman. He said
he believes that concern may be due to the large bucks he has spotted in
Urbandale recently. Other hunters have noticed the deer, as well, Gayman
"I've seen guys with scopes checking out those big bucks," Gayman said.
"I've heard other hunters commenting about large-size bucks."
This year the bow hunting program will be managed by the Urbandale Police
Department, rather than the city's Parks and Recreation Department, a move
that Gayman believes will make it easier for police to help track down and
Prophet said the city had heard from residents who were concerned about
deer hunting taking place within the city limits, most of the resident
concerns were over the issue of safety.
"It's just like mosquito spraying," Prophet said. "Every year when it
comes up we hear from some residents."
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