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Updates for Nonresidents

2017 Deer Application and Preference Point Period (May 6 to June 4)

There is an annual drawing for nonresident deer hunters to obtain deer tags in Iowa. Nonresidents can apply for the drawing now through June 4.

You can apply through our online hunting license system or by calling 800-367-1188.  For more details prior to application, refer to the Deer Hunting Guide. Good luck!

Purchase a preference point. Nonresidents may choose to purchase a preference point instead of submitting an application period this year. Preference points are also on sale until June 4th. Purchase your point by logging in to our online hunting license system. Please note, you cannot apply for the draw and purchase a preference point within the same application period. 

2016 Nonresident Deer Drawing Results

Harvest Reporting: Deer & Turkey Harvest Report, 2016-2017.

Hunting Applications

For the Special Nonresident Deer License Application (Severely Disabled), Crossbow for Deer & Turkey Hunting License Application, Motor Vehicle Use Permit for Nonambulatory Persons Application and others, please visit our listing found on our Hunting Licenses & Laws, Special License Applications page.

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Deer Hunting Seasons

Successful Hunters: Report your deer harvest online or by calling 1-800-771-4692

2017-18 Deer Seasons
Youth5 Sept 16 - Oct 1
Sept 16 - Oct 1
Bow6 Oct 1 - Dec 1
Dec 18 - Jan 10
Oct 14 - 22
Late Muzzleloader Dec 18 - Jan 10
Shotgun 1 Dec 2 - 6
Shotgun 2 Dec 9 - 17
Nonresident Holiday
Dec 24 - Jan 2

1 Requires permit to acquire from DNR.
2 Purchase until quota (7,500 is reached)
3 Purchase until nonresident antlerless quota is reached.
4 Nonresident hunting information
5 Residents only.
6 Includes senior antlerless-only licenses.

Deer licenses are on sale from August 15th until the last day of the season.
Shooting hours for all deer seasons are 1/2hr before sunrise to 1/2hr after sunset.

For more information:
Hunting & Trapping Regulations

Turkey Hunting Seasons

2017 Spring Turkey Seasons
Youth (Gun/Bow) Apr 8 - 16
Season 1 (Gun/Bow) Apr 17 - 20
Season 2 (Gun/Bow)
Apr 21 - 25
Season 3 (Gun/Bow)
Apr 26 - May 2
Season 4 (Gun/Bow)
May 3 - 21
Resident Archery Apr 17 - May 21

2017 Fall Turkey Seasons
Gun/Bow Oct 16 - Dec 1
Archery Only Oct 1 - Dec 1 ; Dec 18 - Jan 10