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Updates for Nonresidents

Turkey Licenses:
Draw results have been posted for 2017. Customers should check their status by logging into the online hunting license system and choosing "View Application Status.” 

Excess turkey tags go on sale at 6am on February 11th. Tags are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Purchase online or by calling 800-367-1188. For more information, view the Turkey Hunting Guide

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 from May 6 to June 4.

During this period, a preference point may be purchased instead of applying for the drawing. For more details about preference points, refer to  the Deer Hunting Guide.

Prepare for the Deer Tag Drawing by checking your preference points. To check your preference point status, Login to the online hunting license system. Be sure to click "View Application Status.”

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
Disabled
Hunter1
Sept 16 - Oct 1
Bow6 Oct 1 - Dec 1
Dec 18 - Jan 10
Early
Muzzleloader2,5
Oct 14 - 22
Late Muzzleloader Dec 18 - Jan 10
Shotgun 1 Dec 2 - 6
Shotgun 2 Dec 9 - 17
Nonresident Holiday
Antlerless-Only3,4
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