Welcome, Deer Friends

Do we want to allow bow hunting in Iowa City?

Join the Iowa City Deer Friends on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 for a public information session on the dangers and ineffectiveness of Iowa City’s current deer management plan.

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 5:30pm
  • Iowa City Public Library meeting room D
  • Light refreshments served
  • Free & open to the public

Anthony DeNicola, founder and president of White Buffalo, Inc., made the following statement:

“…after we sharpshoot, bowhunting cannot even maintain the reduced densities.”

In other words, sharpshooting and bow hunting are not sustainable, long-term solutions!

We encourage anyone opposed to bow hunting as a means to manage Iowa City’s urban deer population to write to the IC City Council and urge them to reverse their decision to allow bow hunting in Iowa City: council@iowa-city.org.

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ICDF’s Mission

Iowa City Deer Friends seeks to support and promote a peaceful and sustainable coexistence between humans, deer, and other native wildlife through education and empowerment.

We are opposed to killing and ask that nonviolent methods be used to address human/deer issues in Iowa City.

To learn more about the Iowa City Deer Population Management Project, please click here.


Tips to Avoid Deer-Vehicle Collisions this Fall

  • Slow down. Watch for deer especially around dawn and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., when they’re most active.
  • Be aware. Look out for deer-crossing signs and wooded areas where animals are likely to travel. If you travel the same route to and from work every day, you may find deer consistently grazing in the same fields. Make a mental note of when and where you regularly see the animals.
  • Be alert. If you see an animal on the side of the road, slow down. At night when traffic permits, put on your high beams for improved visibility.
  • Brake, don’t swerve. Swerving to avoid an animal can put you at risk for hitting another vehicle or losing control of your car. It can also confuse the animal as to which way to go. Instead, just slow down as quickly and safely as you can. Your odds for surviving an accident are better when hitting an animal than hitting another car.
  • Assume they have friends. The “where there’s one, there’s usually more” often holds true. Deer travel in groups, so if you see one run across the road, expect others to follow.
  • Don’t rely on deer whistles. These are aftermarket devices that some drivers put on their front bumpers to scare off animals. But animal behavior remains unpredictable, even if you use one of these.
  • Buckle up. A seat belt is your best defense for minimizing your risk in a crash. An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that 60 percent of the people killed in animal-vehicle collisions weren’t wearing their seat belts.

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