Quick and easy access to recreational privileges in Iowa, including hunting, fishing, and specialty licenses:
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Iowa's natural resources plates include the state bird and flower, pheasant, eagle, buck and a Brook trout. Support conservation in Iowa by buying a natural resource plate for your vehicle.
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Experience Iowa's natural beauty and all the fun our state parks offer. Make your online reservation for state park cabins, camping sites, shelters and lodges.
Support conservation in Iowa by buying a natural resource plate for your vehicle.
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It's time to start planning! The 2017 nonresident application period for deer hunting in Iowa is quickly approaching. Hunters can apply to hunt in the following deer seasons: Archery, Shotgun 1, Shotgun 2 or Late Muzzleloader. During the application timeframe of May 6 - June 4, hunters may also choose to purchase a preference point in lieu of submitting an application to increase their odds on a future hunting opportunity.
Application window will be open from May 6 - June 4, 2017
Are you interested in coming to Iowa for spring turkey hunting? Excess nonresident spring turkey tags are on sale now!
Check availability before going online to purchase. Zone map information and season dates can be found in the nonresident turkey application guide. If you applied for a spring turkey tag, check out this year's results on the DNR's nonresident hunting page.
You can also visit our special nonresident hunting page for complete regulations, maps and other important information to help you be successful when hunting in Iowa. Please note that licenses are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis until quotas are filled, and a nonresident hunting license and habitat fee are required to hunt in Iowa along with the turkey tag.
Get the most out of your license by starting early this spring. We hope you enjoy hunting in Iowa!
This is not a complete set of hunting, fishing and trapping laws but contains the information you are most likely to need to safely participate in these outdoor activities.
2016-17 Hunting and Trapping Regulations
Season Dates, Upland Game Hunting Regulations, Deer Hunting Regulations, Fall Turkey Regulations, Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations, Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Information, Sunrise-Sunset Table
List of Recreational Licenses and Fees
Hunting and Trapping, Resident Deer Hunting, Nonresident Deer Hunting, Turkey Hunting, Fishing Licenses, Recreational Vehicle Registrations and Other Licenses and Products
Fishing and Hunting License Vendors
Alphabetical listing by county (and state) of the over 900 hunting and fishing license sales agents for the State of Iowa.
2015-16 Migratory Game Bird Regulations
Fees, Special Hunts, Migratory Game Bird Season Dates, Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations, Reporting Banded Ducks and Geese, DNR Wildlife Refuges, Areas Closed to Waterfowl Hunting, National Wildlife Refuges, Areas Closed to Canada Goose Hunting, Sunrise/Sunset Table, Trumpeter Swan Identification, Mourning Doves Information
Falconry Regulations, Chapter 102 (Iowa Administrative Code)
571-102.2 Migratory Bird Regulations
571-102.3 Small Game
The Iowa DNR is excited to announce several new fishing and hunting license options! These licenses will increase convenience, help lessen worry about expiring, save money and give you new opportunities to fish and hunt.
Residents and nonresidents can also now purchase:
Buy your new license today online or at your Local License Retailer.
Establishing residency in the state of Iowa
Were the last licenses or tags you purchased in the state of Iowa nonresident tags? Are you now permanently living in Iowa? Here is what is required to prove eligibility of Iowa Residency. ( for former nonresidents)
Resident License Application Form Changing Your Residency Status FAQ
All hunters hunting licensed hunting preserves must obtain an Iowa small game hunting license and habitat fee, or obtain the hunting preserve hunting license valid only on licensed preserves, and the habitat fee. Resident Iowa youth under the age of 16 are not required to have a license, but must be accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older. Non-resident youth under the age of 16 are required to possess a non-resident youth preserve license and habitat fee. The non-resident youth under 16 years of age are not required to have completed a hunter safety/education course.
All preserve game birds and game animals harvested on the licensed preserve must be properly tagged with transportation/kill tags as required by law. Hunting preserve operators are responsible for tagging the harvested game bird or animal before it is transported from the licensed preserve.
Populations of large mammals, once native to Iowa, have been gone from the Iowa landscape for 80 to 100 years. Learn more regarding wolves, bears, mountain lions and moose.
More information: Iowa's Occasional Wildlife Visitors
The Iowa DNR is required to authorize a club or individual to hold an organized dog trial (e.g. bird dog, retriever, coon dog, fox hound) within the state, regardless of whether the event is held on public or private ground.
At least 30 days before the scheduled date of the dog trial, an application must be filed with the DNR using the Special Events web-based application found at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/.
For more information, contact your local conservation officer, wildlife management biologist, or the Special Events Program Manager for Dog Trials or call 641-357-3517.
DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR will hold the 2017 spring auction on April 22, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8 a.m.
The public may view the items for sale and pre-register for the auction from 4 to 6 p.m., on April 21.
If you witness or hear of poaching activity call the TIP HOTLINE (800) 532-2020 or visit our site and report it immediately.