White-Tailed Deer, Buck
Deer Hunting in Iowa

Hunting and Trapping Regulations
- Rules and regulations most likely needed for hunting in Iowa.

2015 Deer Hunting Seasons & Quotas
- Licenses are available from the sales date through the end of the season, or until quota fills. A current hunting license and habitat fee is also required.

Nonresident Hunting
 - Application information, zone maps, quota information, etc

License Applications
- Fur Dealers, Game Breeders, Taxidermy, for Veterans/Disabled Iowans/Senior Citizens

Places to Hunt & Shoot
- Wildlife Management Areas and Shooting Ranges

Deer & Turkey Harvest Report
- Information regarding numbers of deer/turkey harvested by county.

Left Over Quota Licenses
- Currently available options for general quota information will be listed in left side menu.


Hunter & Safety Education

- Hunter Education, lead information, mentored hunt programs

Additional Deer Hunting Information:

  • Successful deer hunters - please remember to report your deer via the Harvest Reporting System.
  • Internet sales of deer and turkey licenses will be suspended 10 days prior to the opening of the respective season (not including bow season).
A Review of Iowa's Deer Management Program


Turn in Poachers Hotline
If you witness or hear of poaching activity call the TIP HOTLINE (800) 532-2020 or visit our site and report it immediately.

Buy Your Hunting and Fishing License Online

2015-16 Deer Hunting Seasons
Youth Season Sept 19 - Oct 4
Disabled Hunter
( requires permit)
Sept 19 - Oct 4
 
Archery Oct 1 - Dec 4
Dec 21 - Jan 10, 2016
 
Early Muzzleloader 2
Oct 17 - 25
Late Muzzleloader Dec 21 - Jan 10, 2016
 
Shotgun, First: Dec 5 - 9
Shotgun, Second: Dec 12 - 20
 
Nonresident Holiday 4,5   Dec 24 - Jan 2, 2016

2 Purchase until quota (7,500 is reached)
4 Purchase until nonresident antlerless quota is reached
5 See p.38 in the Hunting Regulations booklet for nonresident deer zone maps

Deer licenses are on sale from August 15, 2015 until the last day of the season.


Shooting Hours
Shooting hours for all deer seasons are 1/2hr before sunrise to 1/2hr after sunset.

Hunters are required to report their deer harvest online or by calling 1-800-771-4692

Drury Outdoors, Iowa DNR Roundtable
Drury Outdoors, Iowa DNR Roundtable
Mark and Terry with (www.druryoutdoors.com) sit down with the heads of the Iowa DNR and discuss whitetail hunting and Quality Deer Management.
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Drury Outdoors, Part 1 of 8: Intro, North American Model (13:54)
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Drury Outdoors, Part 2 of 8: Deer Management Program (13:09)
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Drury Outdoors, Part 3 of 8: Deer Management Program (14:07)
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Drury Outdoors, Part 4 of 8: Party Hunting (14:12)
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Drury Outdoors, Part 5 of 8: Party Hunting, Poaching (12:56)
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Drury Outdoors, Part 6 of 8: CWD, Baiting, Feeding (13:04)
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Drury Outdoors, Part 7 of 8: Baiting and Feeding (13:38)
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Drury Outdoors, Part 8 of 8: Quota for Non-Resident Deer (12:17)