Iowans are being encouraged to weigh-in on proposed changes to several hunting and trapping seasons. The Department of Natural Resources issued the proposals after hosting public meetings around the state in early March.

The changes include adding more counties to the list of open areas for bobcats, removing statewide quotas for bobcats and river otters, and reducing the quota of paid antlerless deer licenses in portions of southwest Iowa. There are a host of adjustments to waterfowl season dates. Officials also want to make pigeon season year round to give dove hunters the opportunity to take pigeons while dove hunting.

Public comments by traditional mail, email, and fax will be accepted until the DNR holds a public hearing on May 23 in Des Moines.