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Learn more in regards to bobcat population dynamics, distrubution and landscape genetics via the results of an ongoing ISU/DNR bobcat research project.
Fur Harvester Education is not-mandatory in Iowa in order to hunt or trap. This course is designed to give participants the knowledge, skill, attitude, and judgement to selectively and responsibly trap furbearing animals for the many benefits it provides.
Participants who attend a hands-on Iowa Fur Harvester Education Workshop will receive instruction on:
To sign up for a hands-on Fur Harvester Education Workshop search our Statewide Online Database under "Advanced Hunter Education Courses" for an upcoming workshop in your area!
The Iowa DNR also recognizes the online Today's Trapper Course as a means to receive certification. Those students wishing to complete the course online to receive certification must complete the course by clicking the link below and following the additional instructions to receive an Iowa Fur Harvester Education Certificate.
To take the online Today's Trapper Course visit:
Population and Harvest TrendsFor information regarding the status of Iowa's wildlife populations, check out the Population and Harvest Trends logbook.
Occasional Wildlife Visitors to IowaPopulations of large mammals, once native to Iowa, have been gone from the Iowa landscape for 80 to 100 years. While we no longer have breeding populations of these animals in Iowa, expanding populations in nearby states increases the potential to receive visits from wandering animals. Find out more about our occasional wildlife visitors.
Hunting & Trapping Regulations
Furbearer Hunting (p. 18)
Raccoon, Opossum, Badger, Striped Skunk, Fox (Red and Gray)Nov 7 - Jan 31, 2016no daily limit; no possession limitBobcats1, Nov 7 - Jan 31, 20161 daily; 1 possession1Only one bobcat is allowed per season per licensed furharvester, either hunted or trapped. Additional requirements and map on p. 20 of the Hunting & Trapping Regulations booklet.
Furbearer Trapping (p. 18)Coyote, Mink3, Muskrat3, Weasel, Striped Skunk, Badger, Opossum, Fox (Red and Gray), RaccoonNov 7- Jan 31, 2016no daily limit; no possession limitBeaver3Nov 7 - Apr 15, 2016no daily limit; no posession limit
Otter1,3Nov 7 - Jan 31, 20162 daily; 2 possession
Bobcat2Nov 7 - Jan 31, 20161 daily; 1 possession
Civet Cat (Spotted Skunk)continuous closed
Gray Wolfcontinious closed
1 Only two otters are allowed per licensed furharvester. See p. 20.
2 Only one bobcat is allowed per season per licensed furharvester, either hunted or trapped. Additional requirements and map on p. 20.
3 Taking by shotgun or spear is prohibited.
A furharvester license is required to hunt or trap furbearers. Coyote or groundhog may be hunted on a hunting or furharvester license.