Hunters in Iowa have been told they are not allowed to fire any shots at a deer, unless the animal is actively moving, or the hunter can see the deer from the other side of the fence.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced on Thursday that hunting season will be limited to a two-week period beginning Friday, July 6.
The department said the move will protect the health of hunters.
“Hunters will be permitted to shoot and use a firearm at any deer within a 20-foot radius around the hunter’s designated shooting location,” the department said in a statement.
“Hunters may not fire at a moving deer in any of the following scenarios:When the hunter is within the hunting zone.”
The department also said that hunting seasons are limited to the first week of July, so it’s unlikely that the restrictions will be in place immediately.
However, the department added that it will keep hunters updated on any changes.
Read more about deer hunting in Iowa and hunting in general.
The news comes amid a national debate about the effectiveness of the ban on deer hunting.
A federal appeals court last week ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, saying it interfered with hunters’ constitutional right to bear arms.
In February, a federal judge in Texas struck down the ban in that state.