Hunting in Iowa

Deer Hunting

Turkey Hunting

Trapping & Fur Harvesting

Pheasant Hunting

Migratory Game Birds

How can we help you prepare for your hunt?

Mark your calendars to apply for an Iowa deer tag

It's time to start planning! The 2017 nonresident application period for deer hunting in Iowa is quickly approaching. Hunters can apply to hunt in the following deer seasons: Archery, Shotgun 1, Shotgun 2 or Late Muzzleloader. During the application timeframe of May 6 - June 4, hunters may also choose to purchase a preference point in lieu of submitting an application to increase their odds on a future hunting opportunity.

Application window will be open from May 6 - June 4, 2017

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Spring Turkey Season - Nonresidents

Are you interested in coming to Iowa for spring turkey hunting? Excess nonresident spring turkey tags are on sale now!

Check availability before going online to purchase. Zone map information and season dates can be found in the nonresident turkey application guide. If you applied for a spring turkey tag, check out this year's results on the DNR's nonresident hunting page.

You can also visit our special nonresident hunting page for complete regulations, maps and other important information to help you be successful when hunting in Iowa. Please note that licenses are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis until quotas are filled, and a nonresident hunting license and habitat fee are required to hunt in Iowa along with the turkey tag.

Get the most out of your license by starting early this spring. We hope you enjoy hunting in Iowa!

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Regulations and other information
+ Hunting and Trapping Regulations
+ Migratory Game Bird Regulations
+ 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
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.

2017 DNR Sale Set For April 22

DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR will hold the 2017 spring auction on April 22, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines.  Doors will open at 6:30 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8 a.m.

The public may view the items for sale and pre-register for the auction from 4 to 6 p.m., on April 21.  


Hunting News

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