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Iowa's natural resources plates include the state bird and flower, pheasant, eagle, buck and a Brook trout. Support conservation in Iowa by buying a natural resource plate for your vehicle.
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Experience Iowa's natural beauty and all the fun our state parks offer. Make your online reservation for state park cabins, camping sites, shelters and lodges.
Support conservation in Iowa by buying a natural resource plate for your vehicle.
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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.
Hunters who applied for the 2017 draw can now view results online by logging into the DNR purchasing system and choosing "View Application Status."
Successful applicants will be mailed licenses to the address listed on their DNR account. Unsuccessful applicants will receive their refund check in the mail within the next eight weeks.
If you were unsuccessful and still would like to consider other deer hunting options for the 2017 season, please check out Iowa's leftover quota licenses, on sale July 29 at 6 a.m.
Thank you for your interest in hunting in Iowa. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
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.
2017-18 Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations Regulations
Season Dates, Upland Game Hunting Regulations, Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Limits, 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
Falconry Regulations, Chapter 102 (Iowa Administrative Code)
571-102.2 Migratory Bird Regulations
571-102.3 Small Game
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.
The Iowa DNR is excited to announce several new fishing and hunting license options! These licenses will increase convenience, help lessen worry about expiring, save money and give you new opportunities to fish and hunt.
Residents and nonresidents can also now purchase:
Buy your new license today online or at your Local License Retailer.
Establishing residency in the state of Iowa
Were the last licenses or tags you purchased in the state of Iowa nonresident tags? Are you now permanently living in Iowa? Here is what is required to prove eligibility of Iowa Residency. ( for former nonresidents)
Resident License Application Form Changing Your Residency Status FAQ
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.
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.
More information: Iowa's Occasional Wildlife Visitors
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 https://programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/.
For more information, contact your local conservation officer or wildlife biologist.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses- Purchase or Renew -
Wetland Habitat Conditions [PDF]
(Updated September 21, 2017)
If you witness or hear of poaching activity call the TIP HOTLINE (800) 532-2020 or visit our site and report it immediately.