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Find specific hunting related information for nonresidents, quota numbers, hunter & safety education links, regulation information, laws, license applications, where to hunt, current deer/turkey harvest information and harvest reporting information.




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Help us Count Wild Turkeys this July and August!
Each summer the Iowa DNR asks for volunteers to participate in the July-August Wild Turkey Survey.  It is a simple process: as you work and play in Iowa this July and August keep an eye out for wild turkeys.  If you see one, determine if it is an adult female or adult male (males have beards on their breast), and whether there are young poults (baby turkeys).  Count the number of young, make a note of the date and the county in which you saw the turkey(s) and then report your sighting to the Wildlife Bureau.




Proposed Waterfowl, Deer Regulations Approved for Public Comment
The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved proposed seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and resident deer hunting during its monthly meeting on May 14.

The proposals were developed after a statewide public meeting over the Iowa Communications Network on March 25 where the DNR asked participants what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.

The proposals will be available for formal comment from June 10-30. Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact the Wildlife Bureau at 515-725-8200 or visit the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines during regular business hours. Please review the May 19th press release (Proposed Waterfowl, Deer Regulations Approved for Public Comment) for more information.




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



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.

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. 

2014-15 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

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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.

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

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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.

2014-15 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.


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