Deer hunting in Appanoose County
Monday, October 19, 2015
Did you know that at one point in Iowa’s history, whitetail deer were almost eliminated from the state? After settlers began populating the state in the 1800s, harvesting of deer was so extensive that by 1880 deer were rarely seen. Deer hunting was made illegal in 1898. Things have turned around since then. Deer were re-established through the years, with a population count of 500-700 in 1936, growing to an estimated 200,000 deer in recent years.
Appanoose County is a popular place to hunt whitetail deer. According to the online Hunting Atlas app from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, there are over 17,000 acres of public deer hunting land in the county, most of them around Rathbun Lake and in Sedan Bottoms Wildlife Area. A number of outfitters are available to assist hunters in planning hunting excursions in the county.
Whitetail deer are no longer in danger of becoming extinct in Iowa. Wildlife conservation programs help to control populations. In addition, according to the Iowa DNR, deer do well in the state due to “an abundant, reliable food source and a winter climate where snow depths rarely exceed 12" for a prolonged length of time.” (http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/DeerHunting/DeerInformation.aspx)
To find public lands available for hunting in Appanoose County, check out Iowa DNR’s Hunting Atlas: http://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/huntingatlas/default.html.