Hunting in Iowa
Hunting and Trapping Regulations

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. 

2015-16 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


Any resident or nonresident born after January 1, 1972, must have completed an approved hunter education program in Iowa or another state to buy a hunting license. If your hunter education certification is not on your customer record, you will have to either show proof of hunter education when purchasing your license at a local vendor or call 1-800-367-1188 to complete the order.


Requires prior filing of necessary forms or an affidavit with the Des Moines Central Office.
Call 515-725-8200 for assistance obtaining these forms.


Sold at most county recorders' offices or the DNR office.

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.

2016-17 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

Requirements for Hunters Hunting Licensed Hunting Preserves in Iowa:

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.

Iowa's Occasional Wildlife Visitors

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.


- Buy your Hunting/Fishing License
- Landowner Tenant Registration
- Check your Preference Points
- Check your Application Status
... All in one easy online system!

Hunting Atlas
Check out the Iowa DNR's Hunting Atlas, an interactive map showing all public hunting lands.
Hunter Education

Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license.

Don't wait, do it now!
Find a course near you, or online


Turn In Poachers Hotline is 800-532-2020If you witness or hear of poaching activity call the TIP HOTLINE (800) 532-2020 or visit our site and report it immediately.

Dog Trials

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

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.