People interested in voicing their opinion on hunting and trapping regulations for this fall are invited to participate in a public meeting, held over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), Thursday, March 7, from 6-9 p.m. in Calmar.
The meeting will be held at the Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Center, 1527 Hwy 150 South in Calmar.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting public meetings over the ICN throughout the state. These meetings are part of the new process instituted for making rules in state government.
"Any rule changes must be discussed with Iowa's citizens who might be impacted by the changes before the rule changes are proposed. The new process helps ensure rule changes serve the public's wishes and do not impact Iowa's economy," said Dr. Dale Garner, chief of the wildlife bureau.
At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn't and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.
These discussions, along with the data the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers, will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes this fall. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.
Meetings also will be held in Boone, Cedar Falls, Chariton, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Creston, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Johnston, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sac City, Sergeant Bluff, Sheldon, Spencer, Tiffin and West Burlington.
Complete ICN locations are available online at iowadnr.gov/hunting.