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Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information

This fall, special use permits allowing bowhunters to participate in a controlled bowhunt for antlerless deer will be issued by the organizations listed at the bottom of this information.

The bowhunt is limited to antlerless deer only, and will take place from September 19, 2020 - January 24, 2021 (each organization may adjust this season). This bowhunt is being held in response to continued growth in urban deer population that has resulted in damage to natural vegetation, increased deer/vehicle collisions, and damage to private landscaping. Urban deer populations can double every 3 to 4 years if left unchecked.

Polk County Conservation issues special use permits allowing bowhunters to participate in a controlled bowhunt for antlerless deer at several Polk County Conservation Board parks.

Special use permits will be issued for: 

  • Brown’s Woods
  • Four Mile Creek Greenbelt
  • Jester Park
  • Mally’s Park
  • Sycamore Trail
  • Thomas Mitchell Park
  • Yellow Banks Park 

The bowhunt is limited to antlerlless deer only, and will take place from from September 19, 2020 - January 24, 2021.


This controlled bowhunt is being held in response to continued growth in the urban deer population that has resulted in damage to natural vegetation, increased deer/vehicle collisions, and damage to private landscaping. Urban deer populations can double every 3 to 4 years if left unchecked.

More information can be found here.