Bow hunters within city limits harvested over 100 deer this past season, according to a report from the city of Ottumwa.
The City of Ottumwa’s Seventeenth deer season for bow hunters began on September 17, 2022, and recently concluded on January 10, 2023. During the season, 54 hunters registered with the police department to participate in the program, and 38 were successful in harvesting at least one deer.
During the four-month season, 89 does, eight bucks, and seven button bucks were harvested bringing the total harvest number to 104. Out of the registered hunters, 20 qualified for buck tags that will be issued for the 2023-24 season next fall.
The Ottumwa city deer hunting program was started in the fall of 2015 as a means to reduce the deer population in Ottumwa. Since then, a total of 1,306 deer have been harvested from within the city limits through the program. The start of the City’s 2023-24 deer season for bow hunters will be announced this summer.