Deer Management Program


2016-2017 Deer Management Brochure
Form: Permission to Hunt on Less Than 3 Acres of Land
2016-2017 City of Dubuque Deer Management Plan
2015-2016 Deer Season Summary
Deer Zone Map 

City Property Aerial Maps

Bunker Hill
City Limits
Eagle Point Park
FDR Park
Fremont Area
Granger Creek - Dubuque Technology Park
Marshall Park
Medical Associates Greenbelt
Veterans Memorial Park

Bow Hunter Safety Education

The IDNR has information regarding scheduled bow hunter safety courses in the state.  Please check the link frequently because it's updated regularly.

Reasons Not to Feed Wildlife

Reasons It's Harmful to Feed Wildlife

Chronic Wasting Disease - Precautions for Deer Hunters

Key message: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a neurological (brain-related) disease that primarily affects hoofed mammals with antlers, usually deer or elk. There is no strong evidence it can be transmitted to humans.
  • CWD was first identified in captive deer in Colorado in the late 1960s and in wild deer in the early 1980’s.
    • CWD has now been identified in approximately 15 states, including the neighboring states of Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
    • Testing has determined CWD has been identified in an Iowa deer. Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Agriculture are currently conducting an investigation.
  • CWD is a prion disease, or transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, that has been found to infect deer, elk, and moose.
  • CWD appears to transmit easily within deer and elk populations. Transmission likely occurs through direct animal to animal contact or through indirect exposure to prions in the environment.
  • To date, studies have shown that CWD has not been transmitted to humans. Surveillance in areas of the county where CWD is found more commonly has not shown increased risk. Additional, long term studies are ongoing.   
  • As a precautionary measure to minimize their risk of exposure to CWD, hunters should:  
    • Avoid eating meat from deer that look sick or test positive for CWD
    • Some simple precautions also should be taken when field dressing deer:
      • Wear rubber gloves when field dressing your deer
      • Bone out the meat from your deer
      • Minimize the handling of brain and spinal tissues
      • Wash hands and instruments thoroughly after field dressing is completed
    • Avoid eating brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes of harvested animals. (Normal field dressing coupled with boning out of a carcass will essentially remove all of these parts)
    • Request that your animal is processed individually, without meat from other animals being added to meat from your animal