UPDATE (08/14/18 @ 10:30 pm): The City Council voted to amend and approve the proposed resolution, delaying the start date of the hunt by a day and clarifying language with regard to how close approved hunters may come to structures located in the community. The revised resolution will be posted to this website when it becomes available.
ORIGINAL STORY: The City of Riverdale will be licensing bow hunters to help control the deer and coyote population within the “Special Hunt Areas” designated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources within the city’s limits. The hunt is scheduled to take place this fall and winter, starting on September 16, 2018 (delayed one day because of Riverdale’s Fall Fest) and running through January 12, 2019.
According to the resolution under consideration by the City Council (which is similar to previous resolutions), each hunter must:
- Obtain a Riverdale Hunting Permit (at $0);
- Successfully complete an Iowa DNR bow hunter safety education course and proficiency test (taken annually);
- Hunt in designated areas – and obtain permission from the owner of that parcel in advance;
- Maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any residence, occupied building, church, city park, street and/or roadway (other than municipal property or school property);
- Hunt during approved/designated hours and days;
- Use proper field dressing techniques and not leave entrails;
- Possess all licenses or permits required by the State, County or City;
- Demonstrate compliance wit these requirements when asked;
- Present harvested animals at the Spruce Hills Drive Fire Station (in Bettendorf) during specified hours.
A complete copy of the proposed (unmodified) resolution can be found by clicking here.