The shots heard ‘round the county’

‘Tis the season…this one revealed at times by the sound of gunfire that pierces the quiet chill of late autumn mornings in Iowa. Shotgun season isn’t the first open hunting season however; in fact it comes after the rest.

According to “2018-2019 Iowa Hunting, Trapping & Migratory Game Bird Regulations” the first hunting season to open is a “Youth Season” and a “Disabled Hunter Season” from September 15-30, followed by the first archery season called the “Early Split” from October 1- November 30. The “Late Split” for archery is December 17- January 10, 2019.

Next in the deer season schedule are the muzzleloaders, and as Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Wes Gould stated that adding them to the calendar creates a bit of an overlap with the archery season. The “Early Muzzleloader” is from October 12-21, while the “Late Muzzle Loader” is from December 17- January 1, 2019.

This is certainly a time when Gould’s reminder of the “all orange” regulation is heeded. Speaking specifically of shotgun season, which comes next, Gould commented that an “orange hat is not enough” and wanted to remind hunters to dress all in orange to avoid accidents and safety issues.

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