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:
[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)
Deer Hunting Seasons

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

2017-18 Deer Seasons
Youth5 Sept 16 - Oct 1
Sept 16 - Oct 1
Bow6 Oct 1 - Dec 1
Dec 18 - Jan 10
Oct 14 - 22
Late Muzzleloader Dec 18 - Jan 10
Shotgun 1 Dec 2 - 6
Shotgun 2 Dec 9 - 17
Nonresident Holiday
Dec 24 - Jan 2

1 Requires permit to acquire from DNR.
2 Purchase until quota (7,500 is reached)
3 Purchase until nonresident antlerless quota 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