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Iowa upgrades buck info gathering
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Huntcell 03-Aug-23
midwest 03-Aug-23
Carbon Defiant 34 03-Aug-23
Scrappy 03-Aug-23
drycreek 03-Aug-23
From: Huntcell

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DNR adds main beam antler length to harvest reporting requirements

Begining this year Iowa hunters who harvest a buck will have an additional piece of information to report as part of the harvest reporting requirement – the length of the main antler beam.

Specifically, if the main beam length is below or above 14 inches, not the exact length.

What’s significant about 14 inches as related to main antler beams?

“We (Iowa Department of Natural Resources) partnered with Iowa State University on a study that recorded age and antler measurements of over 1,000 Iowa bucks,” said Jace Elliott, state deer biologist with the Iowa DNR. “For roughly 95 percent of the deer measured, deer with antler beams less than 14 inches were one-and-a-half-year’s old or younger, and deer antler beams 14 inches and over were two-and-a-half-year’s old or older.”

From: midwest
We measure turkey spurs as well. Not a problem at all and I'm happy to share more data.

Especially easy since all mine are under 14"! :-/

Appreciate the more analysis of the deer herd the better and then how they can manage it.

From: Scrappy
When word gets out that a buck under 14 is just a baby no one will admit to it. So the data will be extremely flawed.:) :)

From: drycreek
If you have a main beam of 14” your selection of receptive does will be greatly diminished !

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