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Deer hunting season opens in Polk County Nov. 19

Published 9:27am Friday, November 16, 2012

The season for deer in Polk will still be a three-week gun season as it has been in the past.

The only difference will be that the first week of the season and the last week of the season will be either-sex on private lands only.  The either-sex season on game lands is only the last day as it has been in the past.

Jenkins said educating oneself on what can and can’t be done before you get into the tree stand could save a lot of headache.

The gun season in Polk will run Nov. 19 thru Dec. 8. Hunting on Sunday with a firearm is not allowed. Bow hunting on private lands on Sunday is allowed as long as the season is open.

The season limit for hunters is six deer per hunter. All six may be does (antlerless deer) in this region of the state, but hunters may harvest only two antlered deer (bucks).  Written permission is required to hunt on any posted property or property marked with purple paint under the Landowner Protection Act.

“I would also like to remind hunters that the Polk County landfill will take in deer carcasses instead of illegally dumping them on the roadside or off bridges,” Jenkins encouraged. “This creates a bad image for all the legal hunters who are the majority.”

A complete list of all rules and regulations can be found at and a regulation digest can be downloaded online. Jenkins encourages the public to report wildlife violations 24/7 at 1-800-662-7137.

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