Nonresident Deer Applications are now open [May 7 - June 5]
Nonresidents may apply for a 2016 Iowa deer hunting license beginning 6 a.m. CST on Saturday, May 7th. The application period runs through midnight on Sunday, June 5th, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to visit Iowa’s nonresident hunting page to view the application guide, season dates, zone map, drawing statistics and pricing information before submitting their application. Hunters may apply online or by calling toll free at 1-800-367-1188. Application results will be available online at www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/NonresidentHunting the first or second week in July.

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Preference Points on Sale [May 7 - June 5]
Hunters who choose not to apply for a 2016 nonresident deer license are eligible to purchase a preference point to increase their odds in future drawings. Preference points are $50 each, plus application fees. Points are only sold May 7th-June 5th. The limit is one point per hunter per year. 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.

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Iowa's Deer Seasons Approved for Public Comment [public comment through June 1, 2016]
Iowa’s proposed 2016-17 deer hunting seasons were approved for public comment Thursday by the Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The proposal included a status quo county antlerless license quota and maintained the buck only restriction for select counties in northwest Iowa during early muzzleloader season and first shotgun season.

News Release: Iowa's Deer Seasons Approved for Public Comment
Chapter 106, Deer Hunting by Residents - Notice of Intended Action

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2016 DNR Sale was held May 21, 2016
DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR held the 2016 spring auction on May 21, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines.

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2016 Deer License Application Dates Set
Nonresidents can submit their Iowa deer license applications from May 7 through June 5, 2016. Preference points must also be purchased during this time frame. For instructions on viewing your preference point status, 2015 harvest trends and drawing statistics, please look under Nonresident Deer Hunting.

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Turkey Licenses Available
Nonresident Iowa spring turkey license purchases are up from last year, but if you haven’t purchased yet, there still may be a chance. View our Leftover Quota page to see which zones and seasons are still available.

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Pheasant Numbers on the Rise
After several years of declining numbers, 2015 marked a significant increase in Iowa’s pheasant population. Positive hunting reports from last fall and the mild winter have everyone anticipating a good spring hatch and successful 2016 pheasant hunting season. Start planning now for Iowa’s pheasant opener on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Pheasant hunters are required to purchase a small game hunting license and habitat fee, currently available online or by calling (800) 367-1188.



Deer Hunting in Iowa, white tail deer buck

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