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Learn more in regards to bobcat population dynamics, distrubution and landscape genetics via the results of a completed ISU/DNR bobcat research project.
Fur Harvester Education is not-mandatory in Iowa in order to hunt or trap. This course is designed to give participants the knowledge, skill, attitude, and judgement to selectively and responsibly trap furbearing animals for the many benefits it provides.
Participants who attend a hands-on Iowa Fur Harvester Education Workshop will receive instruction on:
To sign up for a hands-on Fur Harvester Education Workshop search our Statewide Online Database under "Advanced Hunter Education Courses" for an upcoming workshop in your area!
The Iowa DNR also recognizes the online Today's Trapper Course as a means to receive certification. Those students wishing to complete the course online to receive certification must complete the course by clicking the link below and following the additional instructions to receive an Iowa Fur Harvester Education Certificate.
To take the online Today's Trapper Course visit:
Population and Harvest TrendsFor information regarding the status of Iowa's wildlife populations, check out the Population and Harvest Trends logbook.
Occasional Wildlife Visitors to IowaPopulations of large mammals, once native to Iowa, have been gone from the Iowa landscape for 80 to 100 years. While we no longer have breeding populations of these animals in Iowa, expanding populations in nearby states increases the potential to receive visits from wandering animals. Find out more about our occasional wildlife visitors.
Hunting & Trapping Regulations
* Furharvesters must contact a
conservation officer within 7 days of taking an otter or bobcat to receive a CITES tag. Bobcat season is in southern and certain western counties. Only one bobcat and two otters are allowed per season per licensed furharvester, either hunted or trapped.