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    The DNR is considering changes to the allowable list. House file 716 directed them to make a list of cartridges. The current list excludes .444 Marlin, .47-70 and .375 Winchester and a few others. They are asking for public input.     [email protected]          Is where you send an email briefly commenting on their selections and exclusions. We have till the 14th to give our input.

    DNR seeking comments on proposed laws ahead of the 2021/22 deer hunting season

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    Hunting News
    Dec. 1, 2020
    For Immediate Release

    DNR seeking comments on proposed laws ahead of the 2021/22 deer hunting season

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is asking for public input on two laws passed and signed during the 2020 legislative session.
    The first is from House File 716 that directs the DNR to develop a list of cartridges approved for use in rifles to hunt deer in Iowa.  The following list of cartridges is proposed for inclusion:

    .350 Legend .429 DE
    .35 Remington .44 Wildey Mag
    .356 TSW .44 Remington Magnum
    .357 Sig .44 Automag
    9×25 Dillion .445 Super Mag
    9×23 Winchester .45 Super
    .357 Magnum .45 Wildey Mag
    .357 Maximum .450 Bushmaster
    .357 SuperMag .45 Winchester Magnum
    .357 Wildey Mag .451 Detonics
    .357/44 Bain & Davis .454 Casull
    .375 Winchester .45 Silhouette
    .38-55 Winchester .458 Socom
    10 mm Auto .460 Rowland
    .40 Super .475 Wildey Magnum
    .401 Powermag .475 Linebaugh
    .400 Cor-Bon .480 Ruger
    .38-40 Winchester .50 GI
    .41 Remington Magnum .50 Action Express
    .41 Wildey Mag .50 Beowulf
    .414 SuperMag .500 JRH
    .44-40 Winchester .500 Special
    .440 Cor-Bon .500 Wyoming Express

    Allowable cartridges for use in handguns that were considered for use in rifles but deemed ballistically dissimilar from allowable pistol or revolver cartridges include (these cartridges are NOT proposed for inclusion to the list of allowable rifles to hunt deer in Iowa):

    .35 Whelen
    .356 Winchester
    .358 Winchester
    .444 Marlin
    .45 Raptor
    .45-70 Govt.
    .460 S&W Mag
    .500 S&W Mag

    Hunters interested in additions or subtractions are asked to send their request along with a brief justification to [email protected] by Dec. 14, 2020.

    The second is House File 2455 that requires hunters and dogs to be trained prior to tracking wounded deer.
    In order to satisfy this requirement, the DNR proposes to provide a form to document the hunter and the dog’s blood tracking training and experience. This form would be kept on file for three years and the hunter and dog(s) would be eligible to track wounded deer during that period.
    Hunters receiving trespassing or other violations in the act of tracking wounded deer will be deemed “not trained” until a formal blood tracking certification is obtained.
    Hunters interested in commenting on this proposed approach are asked to send their ideas to [email protected] by Dec. 14, 2020.

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    Thanks for posting this! Sorry for the delay in getting it approved. This is definitely important that everyone submit their preferences with justification to that email address. The original news release was taken down when they posted a clarification on the DNR site stressing the point that these new rules will NOT affect the 20/21 hunting season.

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    Why are there .355 and .356 cartridges on the list when the law is .357 minimum diameter?  357 Sig makes the list but not 40 S&W.  Then 45 Colt didn’t make the list.

    The law states a minimum energy of 500ft-lbs.

     

    I’ll be writing them a message.

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    What are all the people going to do with the 45-70’s they bought when that caliber was legal?

     

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    Look at the DNR website for clarification on this, it’s in the news section.

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    It is important that they receive emails from us.  It is wrong to suddenly tell us that calibers that have been on the approved list for years are no longer allowed! This list is not set in stone! They need to hear from us!  45 Colt , 444 Marlin, 45-70 are not on the included list. A lot of hunters have spent their hard earned money on guns and supplies. 45 Colt more than qualifies at rifle velocities. Plus most that use 45 Colt hand load to even higher velocities. They need to hear from us by the 14th. Even if you don’t have one of these guns please help support those of us that do.

    IowaSportsmanGuy
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    Has anyone seen a update on this cartridge list?

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    Dang, buddy just bought a .444 Marlin.

    tchansler
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    No update yet. The legislation is still being discussed.

    tchansler
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    No update yet. The legislation is still being discussed.

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