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Iowa's deer application opens Saturday, May 5th

Iowa's deer application opens Saturday It's that time of year! Nonresident deer hunters can apply for a 2018 Iowa deer license, or purchase a preference point, beginning Saturday, May 5 at 6 a.m. CST. Applications will be accepted until midnight on June 3, 2018.

For fastest service, plan to apply online through your user account. Applications are also accepted 24 hours a day by calling (800) 367-1188.

For detailed application information, visit the Iowa DNR nonresident hunting page or contact our customer service professionals at (515) 725-8200.

Thank you for hunting in Iowa!


Extra nonresident turkey tags

We invite you to come 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, 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, 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
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Also, check out public hunting and wildlife management area maps for additional hunting areas.