Deer Licenses - On Sale Aug 15

Resident deer licenses are on sale between August 15th and the last day of each deer season, or until quotas are met. Nonresidents must apply for deer licenses. Nonresident deer hunting information can be found on our Nonresident Hunting page.


Deer Hunting in Iowa

The return of the white-tailed deer as a major game species in Iowa is a tribute to good landowner attitude and progressive management, research and enforcement programs. Likewise, responsibility for the future of deer in Iowa depends upon the cooperation of hunters and landowners, preservation of critical timber habitat, legislative support and continued professional management of the resource.

Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations, Full Book
- Iowa Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits, Quick Reference Card


General Deer Information
A Review of Iowa's Deer Management Program


Iowa's Hunting & Fishing License Online Portal:
Purchase your hunting licenses, check the Deer Harvest Report as well as the current hunting quota counts.

+ Iowa's Record Bucks
+ Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH)
+ Drury Outdoors, Iowa DNR Roundtable (Videos)

Iowa DNR | Hunting, Deer

We work hard to keep our calendar current, but always refer to the hunting regulation booklet for official, legal season dates.