Iowa City City Council will discuss the future of deer management in Iowa City at the upcoming April 23 council meeting, and the City of Iowa City is seeking feedback from the community. 

Iowa’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is a 7-person statewide board that regulates deer management in urban areas. This board granted Iowa City’s past applications for annual sharpshooting to control the deer population from 1999-2009. 

In May 2018, Iowa City officials submitted a request to the NRC for sharpshooting approval, but the request was denied. After forming a committee of community members and receiving public input, a second request to sharpshoot was submitted to the NRC in December 2018. This request was also denied.

After that denial, Iowa City officials received a letter from the NRC Chairperson and communicated with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff. From these communications, it is the City's understanding that the NRC will likely approve professionally contracted sharpshooting for one year to decrease the deer population to an NRC-approved density level if some form of public hunt is utilized for the remainder of a five-year plan. This plan would also include public education and annual counts of the deer population.

For those not able to attend the council meeting, an online form has been created to allow public comment. To submit your feedback, visit our online form.

For more information, contact Sgt. Derek Frank, ICPD Public Information Officer, at 319-356-5293 or email

Date of publication

Friday, April 05, 2019