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Pending IOWA hunting legislation
Iowa
Contributors to this thread:
ahunter76 21-Feb-21
t-roy 21-Feb-21
4nolz@work 11-Mar-21
Zim 05-Mar-22
From: ahunter76
21-Feb-21
Contact your legislators & let them know how you feel. Yea or nay. HF 60 - Nonresident Licenses for Outfitters (A) - The bill requires the natural resources commission to reserve 500 of the nonresident antlered or any sex deer hunting licenses for nonresidents who have made a reservation with a hunting guide company which company is currently registered as a business entity with the secretary of state and has maintained registration since prior to July 1, 2020. If fewer than 500 nonresidents apply for a reserved license by the application deadline set by the commission, the excess reserved licenses shall be available for purchase in the same manner as other excess nonresident antlered or any sex deer hunting licenses.

A nonresident shall include with the license application evidence that the reservation is scheduled for a time during which the license is valid. Not more than 35 percent of the issued reserved licenses and not more than 35 percent of the remaining licenses shall be bow season licenses.

Approved by subcommittee Our position is opposed, so many loopholes

HSB 158 - More Crossbow (A) - Under current law, a crossbow is a legal method of take when hunting deer during the late muzzleloader season, during bow season if the hunter is over the age of 70, or by certain individuals who are incapable of using a bow and arrow under the conditions in which a bow and arrow is permitted, with the applicable license depending on the situation. This bill allows a person hunting with a bow license during the late split archery season to use a crossbow.

Approved by subcommittee Our position is opposed

HF 550 (formerly HF 406) - Antlerless Methods of Take (A) - The bill requires the natural resource commission to authorize a nonresident hunting deer with a license valid for the nonresident antlerless deer holiday season to hunt with a bow, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, or rifle firing straight wall ammunition, in addition to any other methods of take that the commission authorizes for the season.

On House debate calendar

SF 427 seems to have a very narrow level support and needs our attention

SF 427 - Deer Population (M) - Current law provides that a person convicted of unlawfully selling, taking, catching, killing, injuring, destroying, or having in possession an antlerless deer shall reimburse the state $1,500. The bill removes antlerless deer from the provision that sets the reimbursement value at $1,500. Because damages are not otherwise prescribed for an antlerless deer, a person convicted of unlawfully selling, taking, catching, killing, injuring, destroying, or having in possession an antlerless deer shall reimburse the state $50. This provision takes effect upon enactment and applies retroactively to July 1, 2020, to persons convicted on or after that date for unlawfully selling, taking, catching, killing, injuring, destroying, or having in possession an antlerless deer.

In administering and enforcing administrative rules relating to deer depredation, the bill requires the department of natural resources (DNR) to require payment of a $2 fee for the issuance of a deer depredation license or permit. The bill also requires DNR to allow deer depredation tags to be filled in the months of September, October, November, and December, in addition to any other time that DNR finds necessary.

The bill requires DNR to conduct a deer population study to determine the estimated deer population in each county in this state. The bill requires DNR to review and provide scientific data relating to the environmental impact of excessive deer populations, including the impact to crops and trees, review information relating to the spread of disease in deer and other wildlife populations, and include information on property loss, medical costs, and fatalities due to deer-vehicle accidents. Expenses for conducting the study shall be paid from the fish and wildlife protection fund. The bill requires DNR to submit a report to the general assembly by January 1, 2022.

Referred to Natural Resources and Environment

SF 352 (formerly SF 112) - Forest Tax Exemption Cut (A) - The bill provides that for assessment years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, the exemption for forest reservations and fruit-tree reservations is 75 percent of the actual value of the property comprising the forest or fruit-tree reservation.

Current law requires each forest reservation to be not less than two acres of continuous area. For assessment years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, each forest reservation must be not less than 10 acres in continuous area and the period of the exemption is for a period of five years.

Approved by committee. Ways and Means Subcommittee: Sinclair, Bolkcom and Dawson

Talking points for SF 352

#1- Causes a mismanagement of our forests by overgrazing, logging, and clearing for financial gain.

#2-Ultimately- poor forest management would result in a water quality decline.

#3- Raising taxes on woodlands will cause a degradation of wildlife habitat and fewer opportunities for sportsmen’s access onto private lands.

SF 396 - State Conservation Officers (M) - This bill requires the department of natural resources (DNR) to increase the number of full-time equivalent positions (FTEs) classified as state park rangers assigned to state parks, recreation areas, and facilities within the area known as the Gull Point complex. The DNR must conduct an evaluation of the optimal number of such FTEs assigned to the Gull Point complex and submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the 2 governor and general assembly by March 1, 2022.

Subcommittee: Green, J Taylor and Garriott

SF 311 - Dogs For Deer Tracking Clean-Up (F) - The bill strikes a provision in current law that requires the dog used for tracking a wounded deer and a person using a dog for tracking a wounded deer to both be trained in deer blood tracking. The ICA advocated for the language of this bill last legislative session.

Approved by committee

SF 185 (formerly SSB 1021) - Eliminate the Missouri River Pres & Land Use Authority (M) - The bill repeals the Missouri River Preservation and Land Use Authority. Currently, the authority exists to engage in comprehensive planning for and the development and implementation of strategies designed to preserve and restore the landscape adjacent to the Missouri river.

Approved by the Senate 35-11. Subcommittee: Siegrist, Jacobsen and Gjerde

SF 143 - Dog Breed Restriction Preemptions (M) - This bill prohibits cities and counties from adopting or enforcing an ordinance, motion, resolution, or amendment that bans a person from owning a specific breed of dog, including through an ordinance, motion, resolution, or amendment based on physical, behavioral, or genetic features that in effect would ban a person from owning a specific breed of dog.

The bill defines "dog" to mean a domestic dog or the offspring of a domestic dog and a wolf, or the offspring from each subsequent generation in which at least one parent is a domestic dog.

Subcommittee meeting held, no decision made

SF 40 - Disabled Veterans Hunting and Fishing (M) - Under the bill, a resident who is a disabled veteran may hunt without acquiring a hunting license or fish without acquiring a fishing license if the veteran's disability is rated at 100 percent. A resident hunting in such manner shall, upon request of an officer of the department of natural resources, display proof of the veteran's age, residency, veteran status, and disability status.

Approved by subcommittee

SF 39 - Lifetime Veterans Licenses Changes (M) - Under the bill, a resident disabled veteran may apply for and receive a lifetime fishing license or a lifetime hunting and fishing combined license without fee. A person applying for a license under the bill shall provide proof of service in the armed forces of the United States on federal active duty, proof of disability resulting from that service, a disability rating of at least 0 percent determined by the department of veterans affairs, and proof of Iowa residency at the time of application. The bill requires the department of veterans affairs to assist the department of natural resources in verifying the status or claims of applicants under the bill.

Subcommittee: Dawson, Lofgren and Mathis

SSS 1067 - Duck and Teal Hunting (A) - Currently, the natural resource commission determines seasons for teal and duck hunting by administrative rule. The bill requires the commission to establish one or more seasons for teal and duck hunting. The bill prohibits the commission from establishing any seasons for hunting teal exclusively or any seasons for hunting ducks but not teal.

Subcommittee: Green, Lykam and Rozenboom

SSB 1066 - Goose Hunting on Private Property (A) - The bill exempts a person hunting on private property from additional restrictions caused by the establishment of a refuge area or restricted area for any wild goose except that private property located within a closed area adjacent to a wild goose refuge area shall not be used to allow goose hunting for profit. A person hunting on private property must still adhere to other hunting restrictions that would exist regardless of the establishment of a refuge area or restricted area for any wild goose.

Not approved by subcommittee

HF 616 - Boat Registration Fees (M) - The bill increases the registration fee for vessels of any length without a motor to $20. Additionally, the bill lowers the length for which canoe and kayak type vessels may be exempt from numbering and registration requirements to 10 feet or less. A person who uses a canoe or kayak type vessel more than 10 feet in length on waters under the commission's jurisdiction without registering the vessel as required by the bill shall be punished by a scheduled fine of $30.

Referred to Natural Resources

HF 557 (formerly HSB 157) - Fur-Bearer Restrictions (F) - The bill provides that trespass does not include the unarmed pursuit on foot of game or fur-bearing animals by a person who lawfully injured or killed the game or fur-bearing animal that comes to rest on or escapes to the property of another. The bill provides that trespass includes the free casting of a dog or dogs from the road right-of-way or from an adjacent property onto adjoining property without the permission of the adjoining property landowner or tenant in the pursuit of coyote. "Free casting" means the intentional release of an unleashed dog to trail or track game.

A person who commits trespass commits a simple misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor, serious misdemeanor, or class "D" felony depending on the circumstances of the offense. In addition, a person who violates the provisions of the bill is subject to existing civil damages in Code chapter 481A relating to unlawfully taking an animal. A coyote taken by a person while the person is violating the provisions of the bill is subject to seizure by the director of the department of natural resources or a peace officer.

On House debate calendar

HF 552 (formerly HF 23) - Dogs For Deer Tracking Clean-Up (F) - The bill strikes a provision in current law that requires the dog used for tracking a wounded deer and a person using a dog for tracking a wounded deer to both be trained in deer blood tracking. The bill states that an unarmed dog handler assisting in the recovery of a wounded deer is exempt from licensing requirements as long as the handler is associated with the licensed hunter who wounded the deer. The bill specifies that the licensed hunter who wounded the deermay dispatch the deer using a legal method of take authorized by the person's deer hunting license and consistent with all rules and regulations for that season.

On House debate calendar

HF 551 (formerly HF 147) - Non Ambulatiry Hunters (M) - Current law allows a nonambulatory resident to receive one any sex deer hunting license to hunt deer during any established deer hunting season using the method of take authorized by rule for the season being hunted. Under the bill, a nonambulatory resident receiving an any sex deer hunting license under this provision may use a shotgun, muzzleloading rifle, or straight wall cartridge rifle during any established deer hunting season except during a bow-only season as established by rule by the natural resource commission.

On House debate calendar

HF 290 - Trespass Regulations (A) - The bill provides that trespass does not include the unarmed pursuit on foot of game or fur-bearing animals by a person who lawfully injured or killed the game or fur-bearing animal which comes to rest on or escapes to the property of another. The bill provides that trespass includes the free casting of a dog or dogs from the road right-of-way or from an adjacent property onto adjoining property without the permission of the adjoining property landowner or tenant in the pursuit of coyote. "Free casting" means the intentional release of an unleashed dog to trail or track game. A person who commits trespass commits a simple misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor, serious misdemeanor, or class "D" felony depending on the circumstances of the offense.

Referred to Natural Resources

HF 234 (formerly HSB 49) - Lifetime Trout License (M) - This bill creates a lifetime trout fishing license available for purchase to a person who is at least 65 years old. The bill directs the department of natural resources to prepare an application for a lifetime trout fishing license.

Approved by the House 91-0. Subcommittee: J Tayor, Green and Lykam

HF 95 - Weapons Discharge (M) - Current law generally prohibits discharging a firearm from a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle. The bill prohibits a person from discharging a weapon from a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or any other motor vehicle except that a non ambulatory person may discharge a firearm from a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle while lawfully hunting if the person is not operating or riding a moving snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle. The bill does not prohibit a person who uses a stationary motor-driven land conveyance intended to accommodate that person's disability from hunting from the conveyance.

Referred to Public Safety

HF 94 - No Hunting From the Bed of a Pick-Up Truck (F) - This bill prohibits the discharge of a firearm from within or on a motor vehicle on a public highway. A violation of the bill is punishable by a scheduled fine of $30. In addition, a person who violates the bill is subject to existing civil damages in Code chapter 481A relating to unlawfully taking an animal. An animal taken by a person while the person is violating the bill is subject to seizure by the director of the department of natural resources or a peace officer.

Approved by subcommittee

HF 59 - Dog Breed Restriction Preemptions (M) - This bill prohibits cities and counties from adopting or enforcing an ordinance, motion, resolution, or amendment that bans a person from owning a specific breed of dog, including through an ordinance, motion, resolution, or amendment based on physical, behavioral, or genetic features that in effect would ban a person from owning a specific breed of dog.

The bill defines "dog" to mean a domestic dog or the offspring of a domestic dog and a wolf, or the offspring from each subsequent generation in which at least one parent is a domestic dog.

Referred to Local Government

HF 22 - Bear Hunting (M) - The bill prohibits a person from willfully disturbing, pursuing, shooting, killing, taking or attempting to take, or having in possession a black bear outside of an open season established by the natural resource commission. The commission may allow for the hunting of black bears subject to limitations the commission imposes.

Referred to Natural Resources

HSB 216 - Bird Hunting Preserve Seasons (M) - This bill relates to the established season for hunting game birds on a preserve. The bill allows a game bird hunting preserve operator to apply for a variance to extend the season beyond March 31 if the monthly precipitation is above average for the county in which the preserve is located for at least two months out of the months of January, February, and March of that season. The bill requires the state climatologist to provide official national weather service and community collaborative rain, hail and snow network data to the department of natural resources to determine whether a variance to the established season shall be granted.

Subcommittee: Latham, Bradley and Smith

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From: t-roy
21-Feb-21
I sent an email to my representative, who is the chairman of the Natural Resources commission, expressing my opposition to several of these bills.

John...I would urge you to post this over on the bowhunting forum as well. Unfortunately, it’s mostly crickets here on our state site.

From: 4nolz@work
11-Mar-21
Is this guide tag thing contingent on drawing a tag or is it guaranteed?

From: Zim
05-Mar-22
Hi just joined IBA and would like to write in opposition of some of these bills. Need to know status of these if they are still active. And if so could use an email list of relevant legislators to contact.

Also anyone know if Pat allows posting an IBA link on tge forums? Thanks

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