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OTTUMWA — Bow hunting in Ottumwa will resume in less than a month, with this year’s season running from Sept. 14, 2019 through Jan. 10, 2020.

Ottumwa began allowing bow hunting within city limits in 2005 as a way to reduce the deer population. The program requires hunters to pass a proficiency test each year, and restricts the areas in which hunting is allowed.

Hunters must remain at least 150 feet from any occupied building or school property, and stay a minimum of 75 feet from unoccupied buildings, streets or trails. Hunters can venture closer to unoccupied buildings if they have the permission of property owners. They may hunt along property lines, but are not allowed to shoot across those lines.

Those who want to hunt within city limits may take the proficiency test at Whitetail Archery in Agency. They must use the bow they plan to hunt with during the test. Those who hunt from tree stands on city property must use safety harnesses.

Hunting in Ottumwa is aimed at reducing the doe population. Hunters who harvest at least three does during the season will qualify for an either sex tag for the 2020-2021 season.

Questions may be directed to Sgt. Blake Lefler at 641-683-0661. Rules for hunting in Ottumwa are available at cityofottumwa.com.

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