OTTUMWA — If you have antlers, this might be a really good time to start considering a change of address.
Ottumwa's deer season is coming up in September, though most tags allow hunters to only take antlerless deer. It begins on Sept. 15 and runs through Jan. 20, 2014. The hunt is restricted to hunters who have a bow hunting license, a Department of Natural Resources deer tag for Ottumwa (available at the Wapello County Recorder's office) and who register with the city through the Ottumwa Police Department.
Hunters must pass a shooting proficiency test at Whitetail Archery in Agency each season. The test must be conducted with the bow they will use to hunt.
Hunters are responsible for maintaining a minimum 150-foot distance from any occupied building while they hunt and must stay the same distance from any property owned by the school district. They may be no closer than 75 feet from unoccupied structures, streets or trails, though property owners may give permission to be closer to unoccupied buildings.
While hunters may hunt along property lines with the exception of school district property, they may not shoot across property lines unless they have permission from the adjacent property's owner. Hunting on private property requires the property owner's permission.
Memorial Park will no longer be available for hunting due to the installation of the mountain biking trail through the woods.
Anyone with questions about the city's deer hunting season may call Sgt. Blake Lefler at 641-683-0661.