Iowa Wildlife Management For County Historical Societies, Churchs, Colleges and Non Profit Land Owning Organizations
Iowa Sustainable Wildlife Management For County Historical Societies And Church Organizations

Iowa Sustainable Wildlife Management
For County Historical Societies, Church Organizations
and any land owning non profit organization.

Contact Bill Kron 319-430-8220 for available free information.


Iowa’s wildlife is a valuable resource. People who view birds at a feeder, drive to a park to catch a glimpse of a deer, or plan a hunting trip appreciate wildlife. Iowans benefit from wildlife in many ways.

Wildlife-related license fees and travel expenditures paid by hunters not only boost the economy, but pay for conservation programs that provide wildlife restoration and protection for all wildlife in Iowa. Deer hunting contributes more than $80 million to Iowa’s economy each year.

Many businesses (sporting goods, ammunition, and birdseed manufacturers, as well as lodge, motel, restaurant, and convenience store owners) are dependent on people viewing, photographing, or hunting wildlife. Wildlife enriches our lives. Opportunities to participate in wildlife-related recreational activities improve the quality of life in Iowa.

What is Wildlife Management?

People can assist wildlife by creating habitat that better meets certain species’ needs. Habitat also can be restored (e.g., planting native trees in a harvested forest). Anything done to help wildlife can be called wildlife management, but a formal definition is the application of scientific knowledge and technical skills to protect, conserve, limit, enhance, or create wildlife habitat. Wildlife management also includes implementing laws regulating the use, kinds, and amounts of wildlife people can harvest. Laws that protect existing habitat are also wildlife management tools.

Wildlife biologists (professional managers) use carefully collected information to manage wildlife populations to achieve a variety of recreational and aesthetic benefits for people while ensuring the future of wildlife.

History of Wildlife Management

Prior to 1900, few laws or regulations were imposed on hunting wild animals in this country. Even species now considered nongame (non-hunted) were harvested during all seasons of the year. Market hunters harvested hundreds of thousands of animals to sell to a growing nation. They killed animals and marketed the meat for food, hides for clothing or trading, and feathers for decoration.

Laws were passed to protect wildlife from market hunting, but this was not the only problem. Settlers changed the habitat available to wildlife species. They plowed prairies, drained wetlands, and built towns. These activities, and unregulated hunting, caused drastic declines for many wildlife species. Predators, animals that hunt and kill other animals for food, (e.g., weasels, coyotes, foxes, wolves) were shot on sight and considered vermin because they were perceived as a threat to domestic sheep, chickens, or cattle as well as game animals.

Iowa’s "big game" or large animal species (e.g., bison, elk, white-tailed deer) had virtually disappeared by the late 1800s. Some people were concerned by these extirpations. Laws were enacted to "protect" game (hunted) animals by limiting hunting and removing predators. State game wardens were hired in the early 1900s to enforce these laws. Most of the funding for early wildlife management efforts came from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.

Many game populations continued to suffer, so managers tried to supplement them with animals raised in captivity, but this didn’t work either. Biologists conducted research to better understand species’ needs and realized habitat was a critical factor for wildlife survival, so efforts increased to obtain and enhance habitat. Extirpated species were reintroduced.

Habitat for game species benefited many nongame (non-hunted) animals, but specific funding for management of nongame species was not provided until 1981 when the "Chickadee Checkoff" was placed on Iowa tax forms. Donations from this tax check-off were used to fund the Nongame Program (now Wildlife Diversity), which is responsible for all nongame animals. National initiatives including "Teaming With Wildlife" and the "Conservation and Reinvestment Act" to provide long-term, stable funding for management of all wildlife species have not come to fruition.

Biologists now try to manage from a "landscape" perspective. This takes into consideration all plants and animals in an area, in contrast to management for a single species. Key indicator species are monitored, but the goal is to enhance the whole biological system. For example, landscape management strives to conserve an entire prairie system, complete with prairie chickens, skipper butterflies, pale purple coneflowers, and prairie rattlesnakes. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.


Wildlife Damage Management





294 230th PO Box 148 Street West Branch Iowa 52358




Hello All State Of Iowa Historical And Genealogy Societies,

Hello All State Of Iowa Historical and Genealogy Societies and Church Organizations,


My name is Bill Kron and I am the Cedar County Historical Society(CCHS) Director Of Wildlife Management for CCHS Farms in Cedar County Iowa. (607 Orange Street Tipton, IA 52772)


We have been running our program for three years with great success. If your County Historical or Genealogy Society or Church Organization owns farm property please consider the following information concerning our wildlife and leased hunting management program.


CCHS has successfully managed their previous wildlife overpopulation and raised almost $15,000 in the last 3 years to fund CCHS projects plus benefits outlined in the following letter. Our wildlife management program is bonded and insured. Cedar County Historical Society currently has 680 acres enrolled in the wildlife and leased hunting management program. As well as being a new source of income for the Cedar County Historical Society, the surrounding landowners are pleased the CCHS is taking a responsible approach to reducing the deer and turkey numbers resulting in less crop damage.


The Iowa DNR has also partnered with our hunting lessees to help reduce the crop damage caused by excessive deer and turkey population. It has been a "win, win, win" situation for the CCHS, the leasing hunters and the surrounding landowners.


As Director for the CCHS wildlife management program, I am responsible for contracts, insurance, setting hunting dates, monies collected and all hunting lessee communications after the CCHS Agricultural Committee and total CCHS membership have approved the general plan. I also have introduced myself to all local DNR officers and have briefed them on all CCHS wildlife and leased hunting management plans. The DNR also knows at all times who has CCHS leased hunting permits to be on CCHS farm and timbered properties.


All hunting lessees of CCHS, in addition to their own personal identification must carry CCHS identification permits allowing them to be on CCHS farm property with proof of insurance.


Farmers who have leased CCHS crop ground are briefed of the situation and have been thankful of reduced crop damage. Hunting lessees are allowed and have planted food plots to further reduce wildlife crop damage.


Each year the hunting lessees are required to keep a written log of their hunting activities, including kinds and numbers of wildlife killed. This report is to be turned into the CCHS agricultural committee for their review. The CCHS outlined wildlife management plan has worked so well, I feel it can be used as a model for other Iowa county historical organizations and all landowners with manageable farm properties. Please feel free to forward this information to the appropriate County Historical Society Board, manager, director or committee.


If your Historical Society or Church Organization owns farmland and feels that the CCHS Wildlife Management Program may apply to your situation I am available to give a presentation about our model for successful management of wildlife and leased hunting at anytime with no obligation.


Best regards,

Bill Kron







The Cedar County Historical Society has announced a hunting management agreement with Mr. Bill Kron of West Branch to offer leased hunting and day hunts on the Cedar County Historical Society Farm known as the Larkin Farm located at 1285 225th street West of Buchannan.


The purpose of the agreement is three fold: To control an ever growing deer and turkey depredation problem for the farm tenant and neighboring farmers, to raise revenue to be used for improvements, current and future projects, and to encourage an increase in Historical Society membership.


“I think this agreement is an important step towards helping to make more people aware of the jewel that exists at the Larkin/Bickett-Rate farm near Buchannan. For many years people have inquired about hunting opportunities out there, and this agreement should help to manage that interest in a way that is very beneficial to the neighbors and Society,” commented Sharon Voparil, chair person of the Larkin Farm Management Committee.


Earlier this year, the Cedar County Historical Society Board approved allowing members in good standing to use the property for hiking, picnicking, and mushrooming. Members interested in visiting the property should call the Historical Society Museum at 563-886-2899 to let the Society know when a person will be on the property during non hunting times.


“Of course, anyone interested in joining the Historical Society can contact our office for membership information, its great time to join as lots of things are happening,” added President Sherry Snyder.


The Farm is available for immediate leasing for all of the Iowa hunting seasons and interested parties should call Bill Kron for hunting details at 319-430-8220. or visit his web site at:
















December 1, 2009


Geller neighbor

Tipton, IA 52772



RE: Trespassing And Poaching on Geller Preserve


Dear Geller Neighbor :


As you may be aware, the Cedar County Historical Society (CCHS) has leased the Geller Preserve property for hunting. This additional income helps our organization to continue to promote Cedar County history to our local citizens as well as visitors from through out the globe.


Recently our tenant counted multiple tree stands on the north and east property line, many obviously situated to shoot deer on Historical Society property.


In order to protect the Historical Society property and hunting lessee’s investment, we will be implementing several measures.


First; signs warning against trespassing and poaching will be placed around the perimeter of the property offering a $1000 reward for the arrest and conviction of trespassers.


Second; several live web cam security cameras and hidden trail cams will be placed in various locations throughout the property. All unauthorized persons will be turned into the Cedar County Sheriff’s office and a complaint filed. Also, theft or vandalism of these devices will be reported as well.


Third; Iowa law permits trespassing in the pursuit of wounded game provided that the person trespassing is not armed. Also, to avoid any misunderstanding, it is against Iowa law to shoot across property lines for any reason. As neighbors, we will happily respect and abide by these laws. However, in order to avoid embarrassment and confusion, it is advised that should a wounded deer or turkey need to be pursued or recovered from the CCHS property, the hunter should call hunting lease manager Bill Kron at 319-430-8220 or Dan Boddicker (Vice President of CCHS-563-357-5442) for permission to trespass and or escort on the property.


We at CCHS sincerely hope that we can count on your full cooperation as neighbors in respecting the laws and property boundaries.


Iowa DNR Turn In Poachers (TIP) Program

Iowa DNR: Turn In Poachers (TIP) Program

Put poachers out of business

Poachers are thieves who are stealing our fish and wildlife resources. You, as a concerned citizen, can take an active role in helping Iowa DNR put these fish and wildlife thieves out of business. If you witness or even hear of poaching activity call the TIP HOTLINE (1-800/532-2020) and report it immediately. Or, complete our confidential Online TIP Form.

The sooner you take action the better our chances are of catching the violators.

Poachers steal from all Iowans

It is as wrong to steal from all Iowa citizens as it is to steal from an individual--the poacher is a thief! For those in genuine need, assistance programs are putting food on the table without harming wildlife.

Poachers have money, and spend it on gas, driving around to find deer, and for cartridges, spotlights and CB radios. Poachers do not take only what they need; they take all they can get.

Turn In a Poacher Now! Fill out our Online TIP Form.


Earn a TIP Reward!

*      $150 - Small game, fish, birds and furbearing animals;

*      $200 - Wild turkey and raptors;

*      $300 - Deer, elk, moose, and black bear;

*      $1,000 - Threatened or


Cedar County Historical society signs $65K contract for hunting.
Director of Wildlife Management and leased hunting for the Cedar Count Historical Society,
Bill Kron of West Branch, facilitated single-year deals for the last four years and helped CCHS
reach the new agreement.