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Updates for Nonresidents
  • Nonresident Turkey Tags available
    If you have not purchased a nonresident turkey tag for Spring 2016, check out our available spring turkey quotas.

  • 2016 Nonresident deer application period set.
    The 2016 application period will run from May 7th, 2016 to June 5th, 2016. Preference points can only be purchased during the application period.

  • Check your preference point status.
    Check the number of preference points on your record by logging into the online hunting license system. Be sure to click "View Application Status”

  • 2015 Nonresident Deer Drawing Results (statistics) have been posted.

  • The 2015 Harvest Report for deer: Deer & Turkey Harvest Report, 2015-2016.
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Iowa Deer Seasons

Hunting Regulations booklet


2016-2017 Deer Hunting Seasons

Disabled (Requires Permit)
Sept 17 - Oct 2  

Archery, Early Split
Oct 1 – Dec 2  

Archery, Late Split  
Dec 19 - Jan 10, 2017

Late Muzzleloader
Dec 19 - Jan 10, 2017    

Shotgun, Season 1  
Dec 3 - Dec 7  

Shotgun, Season 2
Dec 10 - Dec 18  

Nonresident
Holiday Season  Dec 24 - Jan 2  

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

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Where to Hunt?

Check out the Iowa DNR's Hunting Atlas, an interactive map showing all public hunting lands.

Also, check out public hunting and wildlife management area maps for additional hunting areas.

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.