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Information on how to apply for hunting and fishing licenses for Iowa's veterans, disabled citizens, and seniors over age 65. For more information, please contact the DNR Customer Service Center at 515-725-8200. Group Home Annual Fishing Permit Application (Form #542-8058) A free annual permit for health care facilities and juvenile shelters which allows patients to fish as a supervised group without individual licenses. (Iowa residents and facilities only) Free Annual Hunting and Fishing License Application (Form #542-8056)Iowa residents who are either a) permanently disabled AND the annual household income is below the federal poverty guidelines or b) age 65 or older AND the annual household income is below the federal poverty guidelines. Please see the application for the current federal poverty guidelines Veteran Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Application (Form #542-1412) A lifetime hunting and fishing license for veterans who have a service connected disability or were POW's. (Iowa residents only)
Free Annual Resident Disabled Fishing License (Form #542-1456) A free fishing license for persons who are certified by a physician as having a permanent severe physical or mental disability
Motor Vehicle Use In Game Management Area, Park, PreserveThe DNR no longer requires a permit that allows for the use of a motor vehicle on game management areas, state parks or preserve. For persons who have a disability which makes it impossible to ambulate without the use of a motor vehicle, please work directly with DNR staff who are assigned to the game management area, state park or preserve. DNR staff will work with individuals to develop an access plan for each desired area. Individuals must keep the access plan with them when using the area.
Were the last licenses or tags you purchased in the state of Iowa nonresident tags? Are you now permanently living in Iowa? Information required to prove eligibility of Iowa Residency. (for former nonresidents)
Resident License Application Form Changing Your Residency Status FAQ
The Iowa DNR is seeking help from commercial fishers to learn more about Black Carp numbers and distribution through a partnership with the Illinois DNR, Southern Illinois University and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Commercial fishers can earn a bounty of $100 for Black Carp captured in the Mississippi River or its tributaries in Iowa and Illinois.
If you catch a Black Carp one the Mississippi River, call one of these phone numbers during regular business hours: Illinois DNR: 217-557-0719 or 618-462-0362; Southern Illinois University: 618-453-6089; U.S. Geological Survey: 573-876-1866.
For questions or more information, contact Kim Bogenschutz, the Iowa DNR's Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, at 515-432-2823 x103 or email@example.com.
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An aquaculture unit license holder can possess, propagate, buy, sell, deal in, and transport the aquatic organisms produced from breeding stock legally acquired, including minnows. A license holder may own or operate a pond where guests or customers are allowed to fish for a fee, or take fish without regard to angling licenses, seasons, gear restrictions, or bag limits.
Application for Aquaculture Unit License(Form #542-0134)
Aquaculture Annual Report (Form #542-0136)
Aquaculture Annual Report (Form #542-0136)
You must have a Fish Importation Permit to receive, propagate, or sell in the state any aquaculture species not listed in subrule 89.1(1) (Approved Aquaculture Species). Aquaculture units cannot import live fish, viable eggs, or semen from any species of the salmonids family (trout, salmon, or char) and ictalurid family (catfishes and bullheads), unless the owner or operator possesses a fish importation permit.
For more information, visit Chapter 89: Approved Aquaculture Species (off-site)
Salmonid Family Fishes, and Catfish Family Fishes Importation Application
Non-Indigenous Aquatic Organism Importation and Possession Permit Application
Bait Dealers - RetailA licensed person who sells minnows, frogs, crayfish, salamanders, and mussels retail for fish bait.Retail Bait Dealer License - Purchase your license onlineRetail Bait Dealer License - Bait RegulationsCurrently licensed Bait Dealers
Bait Dealers - WholesaleA licensed person who resells minnows, frogs, crayfish, salamanders, and mussels wholesale for further distribution to retail customers.Wholesale Bait Dealer License Application (Form #542-8098)Wholesale Bait Dealer License Application (Form #542-8098)Currently licensed Wholesale Bait Dealers
A person may take fish for commercial purposes from the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.Iowa Commercial Fishing RegulationsCommercial Fisher License Application (Form #542-0255)Commercial Fisher License Application (Form #542-0255)Commercial Fisher License Report Form (Form #542-1372)Commercial Fisher License Report Form (Form #542-1372)Commercial Roe Harvester and/or Roe Buyer Application (Form #542-0251)Commercial Roe Harvester and/or Roe Buyer Application (Form #542-0251)Commercial Roe Harvester Report Form (Form #542-1374)Commercial Roe Harvester Report Form (Form #542-1374)Commercial Roe Buyer Report Form (Form #542-1385)Commercial Roe Buyer Report Form (Form #542-1385)Commercial Fisher and Turtle Helper Application (Form #542-0250)Commercial Fisher and Turtle Helper Application (Form #542-0250)Currently licensed Commercial Roe Buyers
Commercial Turtle Harvest Rules (effective 3/22/17)You must have a commercial turtle license to take, possess, or sell more than 100 pounds of live or 50 pounds of dressed turtles. A commercial turtle license holder may sell live or dressed turtles. Nonresidents can only take turtles in Iowa from the Mississippi, Missouri, and Big Sioux rivers.Iowa Commercial Fishing RegulationsCommercial Turtle Harvester Application (Form #542-0253)Commercial Turtle Harvester Application (Form #542-0253)Commercial Turtle Harvester Report Form (Form #542-1371)Commercial Turtle Harvester Report Form (Form #542-1371)Commercial Turtle Buyer Application (Form #542-0256)Commercial Turtle Buyer Application (Form #542-0256)Commercial Turtle Buyer Report Form (Form #542-1373)Commercial Turtle Buyer Report Form (Form #542-1373)Commercial Turtle and Fisher Helper Application (Form #542-0250)Commercial Turtle and Fisher Helper Application (Form #542-0250)Currently licensed Commercial Turtle Buyers