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Applications now being accepted for bow hunting deer in Mason City parks


This news story was published on October 22, 2016.
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MASON CITY – Applications are now being accepted at the Mason City Police Department for those persons interested in bow hunting deer within designated areas of some Mason City Parks.

In October of 2014, the Mason City Parks Board approved hunting in Parkers Woods, MacNider, Murphy, Georgia Hanford Parks as well as Highland Park Golf Course. Rules and an application process were established in 2014 year, the first year of the program.

A new provision of the application process includes obtaining one of the 50 DNR issued antlerless DMZ licenses for use only within the city limits of Mason City. Each hunter must possess a State of Iowa hunting license with habitat fee and have a Mason City DMZ deer license; regular state licenses are not valid with the Mason City DMZ. Proof of passing the proficiency testing requirement along with a copy of your driver’s license will also be required upon submittal of application documents. (Note: All 50 of the antlerless DMZ licenses have sold out at this time.)

Applications may be picked up, and dropped off, at the Police Department, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Application packets may also be downloaded from the Police Department website, found at masoncity.net and then progress to City Departments, then to Police Department. All persons interested are encouraged to review the rules prior to submitting their application to ensure compliance. Application deadline will be November 4th, 2016 at 4:30 pm. There will be a limited number of hunters allowed in each park; selection will be established by lottery drawing.

Bow hunting of deer on any property is allowed in the city limits, with prior approval and application through the Police Department. Applications to hunt on private property must have landowner approval, permission to hunt on city property, other than parks, requires council approval.

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7 Responses to Applications now being accepted for bow hunting deer in Mason City parks

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Put up some vote Hitlery signs with picture – no deer shit problem anymore – PS could be a bull chit problem though.

  2. Reality Check Reply Report comment

    October 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

    How about open season on Geese?

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 23, 2016 at 8:51 am

    A few deer ??? This id TOOOO funny – You vote the crooked clinton in and your city parks will be muslim refugee camps – Ask the people in Europe how this is working out for them ? CLINTON/MERKEL – 2 nd amendments rights gone – no protection. You will relish the days of a few deer entered your safe space – farmers have destroyed 80% of wildlife habitat so what do the hungry do ? Vote demorat and the muslims will solve your problem.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 23, 2016 at 8:41 am

    For his own safety, LVS had better stay out of the parks during this time period, as jackasses can be easily mistaken for deer.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 23, 2016 at 5:24 am

    need it year round to get rid of a bunch of animals, deer everywhere on a matter of time before u have one on your grill

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I hope we don’t t have a headline that a child or someone getting good hit by an arrow.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Bow hunting In Mason city parks yup “here’s your sign”!