Bow Deer Hunting Information

Guidelines for Bow Deer Hunting

Adopted on September 1st, 2023

Regulations for Bow Deer Hunting Within the City of Bettendorf

All hunters, hunting on private property not owned by that hunter and/or property owned by the City of Bettendorf must obtain a ‘Landowners Permission to Hunt’ form from the Bettendorf Police Department. Submit the completed form to the Bettendorf Police Department. The Bettendorf Police Department will then issue a ‘Permission to Hunt Urban Deer’ form to take to B & B Shooting Supplies or R&R Sports where a proficiency exam will be performed. Upon successful completion, a permission to hunt card signed by the Chief of Police will be issued and license sold by B & B Shooting Supplies or R&R Sports.

Each urban deer hunter must give contact information to the Chief of Police or his designee.

Neighboring property owners will be notified by the Police department that deer hunting will be taking place in their area.

If objection to hunting is received by an adjacent property owner, the Chief of Police or his designee will review the request to hunt.

Certain hunting areas may have a time restriction of when hunting is allowed.

All hunting areas will have a sign posted, provided by the Police department, that bow deer hunting is in progress.

All deer must be checked at the Spruce Hills Fire Station no later than 9:00 p.m. If after 9:00 p.m., contact the Bettendorf Police Department at (563) 344-4015.
No obvious remains of harvested deer shall remain at site of hunt.

If deer is shot with arrow and flees into residential or commercial area, notify Chief Kimball at (563) 320-6187.

When tracking a shot deer in darkness, hunter must use a flashlight.

When tracking a shot deer, hunter must wear a reflective vest.

If deer is located after tracking, and deer has fallen on a residential or commercial property, an attempt to notify the property owner, prior to removal, must be made. If unsuccessful, a door hanger must be placed on door with hunter’s information.

Adopted on September 1st, 2023

Deer Hunter Notification Letter

September 1, 2023

Bettendorf/Riverdale Deer Hunters:

This letter is an update on the 2023/2024 Deer Management Zone Hunt within the city limits of Bettendorf.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has made available 125 antlerless deer licenses for archery only, from September 16, 2023 through January 10, 2024, for the Cities of Bettendorf and Riverdale. Antlerless deer licenses may only be purchased at B & B Shooting Supplies located at 2152 State Street in Bettendorf or R & R Sports located at 3250 Fields Drive in Bettendorf.

Each antlerless deer harvested must be checked in at the Bettendorf Fire Station located at 1933 Spruce Hills Drive, no later than 9 p.m. This includes deer harvested in the City of Riverdale. Parking is available in the east parking lot next to the alley. DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF THE BAY DOORS. If fire personnel are unavailable, please call Bettendorf Police Dispatch at (563) 344-4015, select option 9. Dispatch will radio a police officer to respond to the fire station.

The City of Bettendorf will issue a check for $20.00 to each hunter for every antlerless deer that is harvested in Bettendorf/Riverdale and checked at the Spruce Hills Fire Station.

All city regulations must be followed to hunt within the city limits of Bettendorf and Riverdale. A copy of those regulations can be obtained at the Bettendorf Police Department, Riverdale City Hall, B & B Shooting Supplies, or R&R Sports.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is also recommending an ‘Either Sex Incentive License’ for the 2023/2024 hunting season. If you decide to take the $20.00 incentive from the City of Bettendorf, you will not be eligible for the any sex tag incentive for the 2024/2025 season.

The City of Bettendorf appreciates your assistance in helping thin the deer herd population within our city. The increasing deer population is a problem that cannot be solved without your effort and support.

If you should have any questions, please call me at (563) 344-4020.  Good luck this hunting season!

Keith T. Kimball
Chief of Police

Deer Bow Hunting Ordinance
2023 Letter to Residents