Hunting in Iowa
Deer Hunting

Deer Hunting

Turkey Hunting

Turkey Hunting

Trapping & Fur Harvesting

Trapping & Fur Harvesting

Pheasant Hunting

Pheasant Hunting

Migratory Game Birds

Migratory Game Birds

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.

Now available: Iowa deer hunting draw results

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!

Looking for Public Hunting Areas?
click for the interactive hunting atlas

Also, check out public hunting and wildlife management area maps for additional hunting areas.

Regulations and other information
+ Hunting, Trapping & Migratory Game Bird Regs
+ Hunting and Fishing License Combos
+ Establishing Residency in the State of Iowa
+ Hunting Licensed Hunting Preserves in Iowa
+ Iowa's Occasional Wildlife Visitors
+ Organized Dog Trial Applications
Hunting News

Wetland Habitat Conditions [PDF]
(Updated September 21, 2017)

How can we help you prepare?
Let us help you get started on your nonresident hunt.

New to Iowa? 
We have a guide for changing your residency status.

Wanting to check current quotas? We have you covered.

Preference points are sold May 7th-June 5th. If you have purchased preference points in the past, you can log into your online account to see the number of points on your record.

Successful hunters:
Report your deer/turkey harvest online or call 1-800-771-4692

Care of Game Meat
Proper field dressing and care of your game post-harvest is essential for safe and high-quality meat.

Hunter Education:
Don't wait - Find classes, camps & workshops in your area.


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.