White-Tailed Deer, Buck
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

A Review of Iowa's Deer Management Program

General Deer Information


Successful hunters:
report your harvest online or by calling 1-800-771-4692.


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

[TIP] Turn in Poachers
iowadnr.gov/tip or call 1-800-532-2020
+ Iowa's Record Bucks
+ Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH)
+ Drury Outdoors, Iowa DNR Roundtable (Videos)
Buy Your Hunting and Fishing License Online

Deer Hunting Seasons

Successful Hunters: Report your deer harvest online or by calling 1-800-771-4692

2016-17 Deer Seasons
Youth5 Sept 17 - Oct 2
Disabled
Hunter1
Sept 17 - Oct 2
Bow6 Oct 1 - Dec 2
Dec 19 - Jan 10
Early
Muzzleloader2,5
Oct 15 - 23
Muzzleloader Dec 19 - Jan 10
Shotgun 1 Dec 3 - 7
Shotgun 2 Dec 10 - 18
Holiday
Antlerless-Only3,4
Dec 24 - Jan 2

1 Requires permit to acquire from DNR.
2 Purchase until quota (7,500 is reached)
3 Purchase until nonresident antlerless quaota is reached.
4 Nonresident hunting information
5 Residents only.
6 Includes senior antlerless-only licenses.

Deer licenses are on sale from August 15th until the last day of the season.
Shooting hours for all deer seasons are 1/2hr before sunrise to 1/2hr after sunset.

For more information:
Hunting & Trapping Regulations