Bow hunter drawing bow
The 2019-2020 Urban Deer Hunt will be held from Saturday, September 14, 2019 through January 10, 2020.

The City of Cedar Rapids continued its annual Urban Deer Hunt for the 2019-2020 season as authorized by Resolution No. 0762-09-07 (signed September 5, 2007). 

Hunting permits are required and will be issued after successful completion of the following:

  • Attend a (one-time only) 8-hour Iowa Bow Hunter's Safety Course.

    For more information about the course and available dates, contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

  • Complete an Urban Deer Management 2019-2020 Application.

  • Complete an annual proficiency certification test at Palo Outdoors, 1204 1st Street, Palo.  The proficiency test should be completed prior to the orientation session.

  • Attend the Urban Deer Hunt Rules and Regulations Class (required of all hunters each season):

    Hunters must attend one of the Rules and Regulations classes – no exceptions.
    Orientation sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes and are scheduled as follows:

    Saturday, August 24th - 10:00-11:30 AM - Palo Outdoors
    Wednesday, August 28th - 6:00-7:30 PM - Palo Outdoors
    Wednesday, September 4th - 6:00-7:30 PM - Palo Outdoors
    Wednesday, September 11th - 6:00-7:30 PM - Palo Outdoors

  • For an Urban Bow Hunt permit to be issued at one of the Rules and Regulations sessions, you need to bring the following: 
    (no exceptions will be made)

A state issued photo ID/Driver’s License.

A 2019 Iowa hunting license with habitat fee paid or lifetime hunting license.

Bow Hunters Safety card/certificate.  This can be obtained from the Iowa DNR if you have lost, destroyed or misplaced your copy.  We will also honor another state-issued bow hunter safety card or certificate as long as you provide a hard copy of the card or certificate.

  • A completed proficiency archery test, which is completed at Palo Outdoors. 
  • A completed and signed Urban Bow hunt application.

The following are items that are required by the bow hunter to participate in the deer hunt, however these items do not need to be completed before the orientation sessions or to receive a Cedar Rapids Urban Deer Management Permit. 

  • Deer tag(s) for the City of Cedar Rapids Urban Bow Hunt which can only be purchased at Palo Outdoors.
  • An area or multiple areas to bow hunt inside the corporate city limits of Cedar Rapids.
  • A completed land owners permission form. One form is required for each address that the bow hunter hunts upon.

Please note that City-owned property is currently NOT available for hunting.

Hunting permits will be issued at the end of the Urban Deer Management Program Rules and Regulations Class, provided all other bulleted items above have been completed.

Contact Information
Training Chief Jason Andrews
Urban Deer Hunt Program Manager
Cedar Rapids Fire Department
713 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA  52401

Phone: 319-286-5617
Email: Urban Deer Hunt

Deer Hunt Zones
City of Cedar Rapids Deer Hunt Zones Map  

Rules and Regulations
Urban Deer Management Program Rules and Regulations are available for review.  Those interested in participating in the Urban Deer Hunt should review and will be responsible for adhering to all rules to ensure safety and efficiency of the program.  Violation of any rules will result in disqualification from the hunt.  (Included in Application packet)

Landowner Authorization
Written permission from at least one landowner must be in the possession of the hunter and available for inspection by any DNR officer, law enforcement officer, or City of Cedar Rapids Hunt Administrator at all times that the hunter is involved in hunting activity within the City limits.   (Included in Application packet)

Landowner Looking for Hunters to Harvest Deer?
City of Cedar Rapids land owners that are looking for hunters to harvest deer off of their property should contact the Urban Deer Hunt Program Manager.  Please include your name, address and telephone number.

Email: Landowner Deer Harvest Request 

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