Iowa DNR Falsely Claims Authority to Dictate Approved Hunting Cartridges

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The NRA-ILA reports that Iowa’s DNR is falsely claiming that it can dictate which calibers hunters are allowed to use. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- On Tuesday, December 1st, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources circulated an email seeking input on proposed laws ahead of the 2021/22 deer season. The department falsely claims that recent legislation “directs the DNR to develop a list of cartridges approved for use in rifles to hunt deer in Iowa.” Following the list of allowable cartridges is a list of cartridges arbitrarily deemed as “ballistically dissimilar from allowable” cartridges. There is no explanation for what the Department’s criteria are for allowable vs. prohibited deer hunting cartridges.

Not only does the recent legislation, House File 716, not call on the Department to develop a list, but its intent was also the exact opposite. HF 716 established a minimum and maximum projectile diameter (.350 – .500) and a minimum muzzle energy (500 ft/lbs) for allowable deer hunting cartridges. With new cartridges hitting the market each year, sportsmen and women should not have to wait for the DNR to decide whether or not that cartridge meets their arbitrary definition of allowable.

Please contact the Department of Natural Resources at [email protected] and politely ask that they not dictate to sportsmen and women what they arbitrarily deem as allowable to ethically harvest deer.


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Xaun Loc
Xaun Loc
1 month ago

They must have some mighty tough deer up in Iowa if venerable cartridges like the .30-30, .30-06, and .308 are all considered inadequate to take Hawkeye deer.

SGT_Wombat
SGT_Wombat
1 month ago
Reply to  Xaun Loc

I took my first whitetail in SE Iowa with a .30-06

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 month ago

SCDNR simply states that .243 and up is recommended, not the actual cartridge name. They allow .223, but discourage the use of it.

archmark
archmark
1 month ago

Statements like “A final rule will not be developed until all public comments and feedback are considered.” are laughable. Does anyone REALLY think that the Libtard Big Gub’ment Bureaucrats really give a damn about what the lowly serfs think? Chuckle, chuckle…

BobD
BobD
1 month ago

An answer in search of a question.

Darkman
Darkman
1 month ago

This may be a attempt to clarify ammunition used and

Darkman
Darkman
1 month ago
Reply to  Darkman

Delete

Darkman
Darkman
1 month ago

They sent out a retraction to the Dec.1st email. Clarification on 2021/22 deer hunting season request for comments An email was sent yesterday seeking comments on proposed laws ahead of the 2021/22 deer hunting season in response to House File 716 passed during the 2020 legislative session.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wanted to clarify that there are no changes to legal firearms for the 2020 shotgun hunting seasons starting this weekend. The Iowa DNR is asking for hunter input ahead of the 2021-2022 deer seasons. Prior to beginning the rulemaking process, the Iowa DNR is first soliciting information… Read more »