Urban Deer Management

The City of Clive Urban Deer Management program was introduced in 2006 with the help of Iowa DNR and the Polk county Deer Task Force. The program is being held in response to the continued growth in the urban deer population that resulted in a high number of deer versus vehicle collisions as well as significant tree, garden and landscape vegetation damage on private property. Urban deer hunting has been found to be the safest and most cost-effective management practice to control deer population in many cities and suburbs across the United States. If left unchecked, the deer population can double every 3 - 4 years.

All bow hunters must apply for and receive a Clive DMZ hunting permit, successfully compete a hunter safety course and successfully pass an archery test. Hunters must be at least 75 feet from a recreational trail, 200 feet from a residential home and be in an elevated stand at least six feet off the ground so all shots are taken at a downward angle. The stand must be located in such a manner as to place the hunter's back toward the nearest building, recreational trail, road or highway when the hunting is in position to shoot.

Since the program's inception 16 years ago, no safety incidents have occurred.